Introducing Abu Dhabi
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 as Dubai, Abu Dhabi also lacks traffic jams and the poseurs that plague its neighbour, making it a much more liveable city if you don’t crave clubbing. After closely watching Dubai’s phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi has chosen its development projects wisely, and while the laid-back feel might eventually change, the local Emirati flavour of the capital appears certain to remain.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi is huge by comparison to the other emirates, comprising almost 87% of the country’s total area. Just as 50 years ago Abu Dhabi was little more than a fishing village comprising a fort, a few coral buildings and a smattering of barasti huts, the rest of the emirate is very ‘Arabian Sands’ with its enigmatic empty desert, dotted with oases such as Al-Ain and Liwa. While the ruling Al-Nahyan family may have become rich from what lies beneath, you get the sense that their connection to the desert and the sea is something that remains more important than petrodollars.
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Best places to stay in Abu Dhabi
Affordable luxury: Abu Dhabi’s top 10 best hotels
Abu Dhabi used to be a cheap destination. Today it ranks among the most expensive cities for living in the world. Luxury here, however, is much more affordable for visitors than many imagine, and few cities in the world offer such comfort at such prices...
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Abu Dhabi: the city of superlatives
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Abu Dhabi City Sightseeing Tour - The Arabian Jewel
See Abu Dhabi’s top city sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the United Arab Emirates’ capital city! With a knowledgeable guide, visit impressive monuments such as Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and learn all about the city’s culture, history and attractions.
Private Tour: Abu Dhabi Sightseeing with Transport from Dubai
Explore Abu Dhabi with a private guide on this full-day sightseeing tour of the United Arab Emirate’s second city! While visiting the city’s showstopping sights such as Sheik Zayed Mosque, learn all about Abu Dhabi’s history, culture and attractions.
A local’s guide to Abu Dhabi
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