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With the oil predicted to run out sometime after 2100 AD, you’d forgive Abu Dhabi for wanting to just sit pretty and count the money. But this attractive, green and distinctly Arab city just appears to be hitting its stride. While not as cosmopolitan or as sophisticated a...
In Muscat's Grand Mosque, there is a beautiful hand-loomed carpet; it was once the world's largest rug until Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque, in the United Arab Emirates, pinched the record. This is poignant because Oman doesn't boast many 'firsts' or 'biggests' in a region obsessed by vanity. What it does boast, w...
...ki slopes and palatial beach resorts. But guess what? Beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.An hour's drive south, oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the country's capital, is quickly gaining a reputation as a hub of culture, sport and leisure. Beyond its borders looms the vast Al Gharbia desert, whose magical silence is interrupted only...
...coastline and surrounded by endless desert.
Beyond the CityTravel beyond Dubai to experience another world altogether as a skyscraper skyline is replaced by a more traditional desertscape.Abu Dhabi is a fascinating and easily accessible destination to the south. This is the emirate that continues to surprise, quietly vying with Dubai with its considerable investment in culture, innovat...
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Far below your aeroplane window the world looks beige, flat, hot and dusty. You circle in for the final approach to Abu Dhabi on one leg of your journey to or from your latest business trip. Your flight has been smooth, the food good, the flight attendants smiling and the seats comfortable. You’re so refreshed, in...
Back in the day you'd have to travel through the desert on a camel for 5 days to stumble across Al-ain, The UAE's half of the Buraimi Oasis east of Abu Dhabi. These days it's an easy two hour drive, but the joy of arrival is no less intense: a cool climate, verdant streets and kitschy decorated roundabouts are welcoming features of this town.
With markets, forts, museums and a famous date-palm oasis, Al Ain is a breath of fresh air after the frantic pace of Dubai and even Abu Dhabi, both about a two-hour drive away. On the border with Oman, the birthplace of Sheikh Zayed has greatly benefited from his patronage and passion for greening the desert, even garnering the mo...
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