With its many natural islands, Abu Dhabi is considered one of the most advanced cities combining historic sites with modernity.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates
, Abu Dhabi is the largest city of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and one of the most advanced cities in the world.
Although not quite as cosmopolitan in style as Dubai, Abu Dhabi also beneficially lacks the traffic jams. It is a much more beautiful city provided you are not craving clubbing.
Compared with other emirates, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is considerably huge with almost 87% of the country’s total. Over half a century ago, Abu Dhabi was only a fishing village with a few coral buildings and barasti huts.
From its famous Corniche
to the City of Al Ain
and the dunes of the western Empty Quarter desert in Al Gharbia
, there is plenty of culture, heritage and adventure to immerse yourself into. The architectural wonders of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
and the serenity of the Ail Ain
’s oasis will help you marvel at the grandeur of the history of this emirate.
It is no surprise then that many of Abu Dhabi’s ancient forts and historic sites have been listed as official UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Whether this is your first time visiting Abu Dhabi or a returning visitor, it is worth exploring the many natural islands, learning about the traditional sport of falconry, experience the world’s fastest roller coaster and admire the sheer splendour of the highest Peak Jebel Hafeet.
In fact Abu Dhabi is home to over 200 islands, some which are accessible to visitors and offer a wide range of entertainment including untouched beaches, golf facilities and wildlife sanctuaries.
Getting to Abu Dhabi city centre from the airport is easy. Air-conditioned buses operate to and from the airport. Watch out for the green and white 901 bus which will take you to and from the airport to the city centre.