A THRIVING METROPOLIS :
A city which reflects the real spirit of Arabia as it is a perfect medley between age old tradition and sophisticated modernity. As the capital of the U.A.E., it is the largest of the Emirates covering 85% of its land mass and producing 90% of the oil of this country as well as 10% of the entire world. It also produces 5% of its gas reserves. All the revenues collected have been invested back in to the nation making it rich in every sense of the word. The Emirati have thus been blessed with a fabulous lifestyle with all possible amenities, while also striving to preserve the natural beauty of the land amidst sand dunes on one hand and lush greenery on the other.
In the middle of the 18th century, the British navy emerged in the Gulf around the same time as two Arabian tribes called the Qawasims and the Baniyas. The Qawasims have taken over Sharjah and Ras–Al Khaimah while the descendents of the Baniyas rule Abu Dhabi and Dubai even today. Over the years this land has seen great changes in fortune and on December 2nd, 1971, Abu Dhabi became the capital of the U.A.E., and one of the most favoured business centres and tourist attractions of the world.
YOUR STAY :
You can choose any of the famous 6 or 7 star hotels or if on a stringent budget, our international chains or luxury desert resorts may fit the bill. You could choose between traditional to super deluxe accomodation…. the choice is vast. Early booking are a must though.
DO NOT MISS :
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque : one of the world’s largest mosques with the world’s largest hand knotted carpet and the largest chandelier, it not only has a capacity of 41000 worshippers, but also a 1000 columns, 82 domes and 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers. Don’t miss it for its refelective pools and amazing lighting system.
Ferrari World : this is the world’s first Ferrari theme park that tells a story through amazing rides and attractions. It also has interactive shopping and fine dining.
Falcon Hospital : the world’s largest hospital that offers not only advanced facilities but a falcon display museum with free flying falcons.
Hili Fun City : launched in 1985, this was the Gulf’s first theme park and has fun packages for all ages. It hosts 28 attractions including picnic and play areas as well as an amphitheatre.
Arabian Wildlife Park : an amazing island where you can come up close and personal with gazelles, hyenas, cheetahs and giraffes to name just a few of the 10,000 free roaming animals on Sir Baniyas Island. The viewing platform has been made purely of recycled material.
Capital Gate : Abu Dhabi’s Leaning Tower of Pisa with a slant of 18 degrees westwards, it is the world’s Furthest Leaning Man Made Tower according to the Guiness Book of World Records.
Emirates National Auto Museum : consists of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s collection of 200 cars including his Mercedes Rainbow Collection, off-road vehicles, classic American cars as well as the world’s largest truck!
Classic Cars Museum : preserves vehicles and historical books on the evolution of transportation in the Emirates. A must for car lovers interested in history and style.
Murian Water Park : for children up to 12 years of age, this is based in Khalifa Park and has 7 attractions, the most popular being the Water Play Structure that combines various slides, tunnels, umbrellas, showers, tipping buckets and water wheels. A must for water babies.
Emirates Park Zoo : based in Al Bahia, it is home to 660 predators and wild animals. Popular for its misting system, you will be able to mingle with the Siberian bear, lion cheetahs and white tigers in cool surroundings.
White Fort : this is the Al Hosn Palace which was home to the former rulers of the State. Being 200 years old, it is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and is today a museum and an important and beautiful landmark.
Heritage Village : come here to get a cultural taste of the lifestyles of the rich and traditional bedouins and other tribes. You will also find artistic tombs that are over 400 years old.
Liwa Oasis : is one of the largest oases in Arabia dotted with date plantations and fresh water pools. Be the honoured guest of the Bedu tribes.
Jebel Hafit : a steep mountain rising majestically from the desert offering a beautiful view of the Empty Quarter. Famous for its caves, archaeological sites, flora and fauna you may spot the rare Arabian tahr. Check in at the Ain Al Fayda for a healthy stay and avail of the natural hot springs.
Al Ain Museum : the Al Jahili fort houses Arabia’s largest museum which displays Bedouin artefacts, stone instruments and relics from Fossil Valley dating back to 2700 BC.
Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium : built in 1969, this zoo is noteworthy for the magnificent Arabian Oryx amongst other awesome specimens of Arabian wildlife.
Qattarah Oasis : on the edge of the Al Ain, this place is known for its fruit orchards, date palms, ancient relics and exquisite gold jewellery which have been displayed in the nearby museum.
The Cultural Foundation : the heartbeat of the city with a theatre, library, lecture rooms, auditoriums and a weekly art exhibition.
The Corniche : a coastal boulevard that is a sight to behold against the backdrop of tall buildings facing the sea.
Parks and Gardens : known as the Garden City of the Gulf with over 20 well laid out parks and gardens, makes one feel as if the whole city is one huge garden Entrancing.
Handicraft Centre : belongs to the UAE Women’s Association. Here you will find tali handwork and other local handicrafts.
LET’S SHOP :
The Souk — for traditional and regional articles
Khalifa Centre — for ethnic goods and Iranian carpets
Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre and Gold Centre — with a textile market and 400 stores
Abu Dhabi Mall — a modern complex for high end goods
Khalidiyah Mall — a lovely mall with Islamic architecture
Al Wahda Mall — everything under one roof, with lots of shops and a food court
Marina Mall — a cool shopping experience
Mushrif mall — a 3 level complex offering everything one could dream of