Abu Dhabi: Combination of Urban Sophistication and Cultural Tradition
Abu Dhabi, located on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast, is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, with one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. The city is a major cultural and commercial center.
Abu Dhabi is vibrant, modern, and diverse. It is dubbed the “Manhattan of the Middle East” for its high-rise skyline dominated by architect-designed hotels. The buildings which have been built over a long period of time are so diverse that they can not be characterized by one particular architectural style. In addition, the city has wide grid-pattern roads, broad boulevards, 30-story towers lining the main streets, and busy shops. Abu Dhabi is also home to many cultural institutions including the Cultural Foundation. Hindu temples, Christian churches, and Sikh gurdwaras can be found alongside mosques. It is the diversity of cuisine in Abu Dhabi that reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the society.
Guests dining poolside can view the illuminated Grand Mosque at night.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Named after Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this Abu Dhabi landmark welcomes both worshippers and visitors. It is large enough to accommodate 40,000 worshippers.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque made some world records including the largest chandelier.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Interior
The Emirates Palace, which occupies 850,000m² of floor space, is a luxurious hotel in Abu Dhabi. Many of the suites are furnished in gold and marble. The interior ceiling of the hotel reflects the opulence of the city.
The Emirates Palace’s exterior has 114 domes.
Al Ain, which is situated in the Baraimi Oasis in eastern Abu Dhabi, is known as the Garden City due to its greenery. The city is developing as a tourist destination whose attractions consist of manicured gardens, historic forts, and a famed camel market.
Al Ain has many oases, tree-lined avenues, parks, and decorative roundabouts within the city.
Walks or drives along the promenade are a highlight for visitors to Abu Dhabi.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road climbs the peak of Jebel Hafeet Mountain which rises 1240 meters and offers an impressive view over the city. The mountain is a popular tourist attraction.
Jebel Hafeet Road is the challenge for cyclists.
The annual camel pageant attracts around 24,000 contestants from across the Arabian Peninsula.
Two young women pose on the beach side of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.
Visitors can use off-road vehicles to navigate the desert Safari in eastern Abu Dhabi.
Falcons perch on wakirs.
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