Abu Dhabi:

An Urban Oasis

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Steeped in ancient tradition while embracing the cutting edge, Abu Dhabi is an intriguing, other-worldly adventure for travelers seeking a truly distinct experience.

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Just 50 years ago, Abu Dhabi was a small fishing village comprising a sandstone fort and a scattering of barasti huts. Today, the largest emirate is a vibrant urban epicenter where majestic mosques are revered alongside gleaming icons of modern architecture. World-class hotels, exquisite culinary indulgences, and designer boutiques give way to vaporous deserts, verdant gardens, and picturesque islands. Abu Dhabi literally offers everything under its year-round sun.

Abu Dhabi City

As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, this enigmatic megalopolis is only beginning to hit its stride. Luxury hotels, towering skyscrapers, and five-star restaurants abound, as do acclaimed museums, thrilling recreational pursuits, and the ever-present Emirati hospitality. Wander around the magnificent Emirates Palace. Take a speedboat tour and gaze at the incredible skyline. Visit the exhilarating Ferrari World and ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Or peruse the souk markets for traditional carpets and handicrafts. Just don’t miss the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. With its white marble domes and opulent interior—it’s a masterpiece of design.

 

Al Gharbia

The Western Region of Abu Dhabi offers fascinating forts, giant sand dunes, and pristine beaches. Drive across the sprawling landscape to Liwa, a historic town on the edge of the plant’s largest sand desert, the Empty Quarter. Camel-trek over the dunes or go off-road exploring through Arabian Wildlife Park, located on Sir Bani Yas Island in the Al Gharbia region.

 

Al Ain

Once a vital oasis on the caravan route to Oman, today al Ain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site ripe with rich heritage and lush greenery. Visit the bustling Central Market and watch camels being bought and sold. Travel back in time at the beautifully restored Al Jahili Fort, then visit a local date farm and a few archaeological sites. Or just spend the afternoon strolling along shady walkways. The “Garden City” is both a living museum and a refreshing escape.

 

Saadiyat Island

Located just minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat is not only the country’s cultural hub—it’s also a global arts, leisure, and business destination. The island boasts stunning beaches, premier golf courses, and will soon be home to the all-new Performing Arts Centre, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Zayed National Museum.