Welcome to Downtown
With its mid-rises marching in regimented rows back from the Corniche, Downtown is Abu Dhabi's bustling heart. At its core is both the city's oldest building, Qasr Al Hosn, and the World Trade Center, built atop the site of the capital's original souq. To the west is the more residential Al Khalidiyah district, while to the south Madinat Zayed exudes a less-glossed-up, older feel. If you want to dig under Abu Dhabi's resort glitz, join the locals who spill onto Downtown's streets at sunset to experience its workaday face.