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Travel tips for Abu Dhabi
In addition to its idyllic sandy beaches and year-round sunshine, Abu Dhabi has a great deal more to offer visitors. There are a range of interesting sights and tourist attractions which entice culture lovers, business travellers and individual holidaymakers to immerse themselves in the diversity of the Emirati capital city.
You should start your visit with a desert safari in the eastern region of the country. You explore the sand dunes in a 4x4 vehicle, while an occasional camel tour gives you a more intense experience of the landscape. On the last evening of the desert tour you are served a dinner of typical local dishes, accompanied by performances of traditional music and culture.
The following day you should take the opportunity to become acquainted with the characteristic features of the Arab religion, by visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is one of the largest and newest mosques in the world. During your visit you will be almost dazzled by the chandeliers decorated with Swarovski crystals, the stone masonry embellished with 24-carat gold and semi-precious stones, the endless white marble domes and columns and the largest handwoven Persian carpet in existence.
|Following your visit to the mosque, you can refresh yourself by taking five o’clock tea at the Emirates Palace Hotel. The Emirates Palace is one of the most luxurious and most expensive hotels in the world. With a little luck you may catch a glimpse of a famous celebrity or football star. As night falls we recommend you take a dhow cruise, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the skyline of Abu Dhabi.|
Afterwards you should take a stroll along the Corniche, or seafront promenade, with its immaculately-kept lawns and fountains. The Corniche also has a great deal to offer during the daytime, whether you want to relax in the shade of the trees, go for a walk or jog, or enjoy the beach with its “softer” sand. If you are adventurous you can also explore this part of Abu Dhabi by bicycle, which you can rent from one of the bicycle-hire companies.
|In addition Abu Dhabi is a good point of departure for a diverse range of excursions. It is worth visiting the Al Wathba Camel Race Track, where you can see camels galloping at speeds up to 65 km/h. Camel racing is considered a national sport in the Arab countries. If you are interested in history you should go to Al Ain to visit the largest and most impressive fortress in the country - Al Jahili. It was built by Sheikh Zayed I and was used for defence as well as being the summer residence of the royal family.|
|Abu Dhabi’s rapid growth following the discovery of oil has meant that the country today looks nothing like it did in the past. If you want to get an idea of the its original character, it is worth visiting the Heritage Village which has recreated numerous aspects of Bedouin life such as tents made of goatskins, a desert encampment with camels and an example of the falaj irrigation system. The village is located near to Marina Mall – the biggest and most popular shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. Similarly, the Zayed Centre offers further cultural insights into the country.|
|Formula One fans will find the highlight of their visit to Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, which is home to the biggest indoor theme park in the world with its huge race track and roller coaster. Golf fans are also guaranteed the time of their lives on Yas Island.|