Abu Dhabi: the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world. This wonderful city is the capital the United Arab Emirates and is without a doubt the most developed and richest city in the entire world.
First inhabited by the nomadic Bani Yas tribe in 1760, the settlement remained a small fishing village until oil was discovered.
Abu Dhabi has turned into a busy, modern city with boulevards, silver skyscrapers, high-rise apartment buildings, mega-malls and the world’s most luxurious palaces.
In addition, the landscape around Abu Dhabi is arresting with a golden coastline, sand dunes, lush oases, green palm trees and attractive gardens.
If you decide to visit the city the best place to stay is near the Corniche, the city’s seafront promenade, with its beaches, parks and fountains and modern buildings facing the sea. Other places of interest are mentioned below and should not be missed while you visit Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest one in United Arab Emirates is the main attraction of the city. It is dedicated to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates. The mosque is a combination of Mameluke, Ottoman and Fatamid design.You are allowed into all areas of the mosque even if you are not a Muslim.
Al Maqtaa Fort represents Abu Dhabi’s history. This 200-year old fort, can be viewed while approaching the Al Maqtaa Bridge towards Abu Dhabi Island. It had been used as a watch house, to keep an eye on the invading bandits, who attempted to enter the city.
Dhow Cruising is the traditional way of sightseeing the lovely Gulf waters and the different islands scattered around the city and is popular among the tourists for its comfortable and pleasant atmosphere.
Heritage Village, located in a pretty beach area of Abu Dhabi, is a living museum that offers a sight into the emirate’s past. Traditional facets of Bedouin lifestyle, as well as those of other cultures employed in agriculture, fishing and trading, are explained here in great detail, there are souvenir shops where authentic pottery and exotic spices can be bought.
Al Bateen Shipyard is an interesting site on the coast of Abu Dhabi which enables visitors to watch how craftsmen build dhow vessels using traditional techniques. These wooden dhows are used for trading purposes and races. The craftsmen are usually very friendly and informative.
Sheikh Khalifa Park is the best place in Abu Dhabi for relaxation, fun and entertainment. Located in Al Matar, behind the old airport of Abu Dhabi, this major landmark is one of the city’s larger parks. The park has a beautifully landscaped grand avenue, fountains, lakes and waterfalls. The park offers an exciting range of things to do for children.
The Emirates Palace Hotel is a wonderful, seven star luxury hotel equipped with a huge conference centre, magnificent rooms furnished in gold and marble, 100 hectares of landscaped gardens, an exclusive beach and well-equipped sports facilities. It also welcomes any non-residents to come and enjoy the hotels surroundings on an afternoon tea.
The end of winter is the best period for a vacation in Abu Dhabi, with nice temperatures during the day and pleasant at night.
Round trip air tickets are almost at reasonable prices during this period, therefore do not miss the opportunity to organize your trip and enjoy an unforgettable vacation!