Abu Dhabi at a glance

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

Photography by Tommaso Ciancio

The city of Abu Dhabi is unlike anywhere you have ever visited. At just 47-years-old, the city is young, yet steeped in a rich history with so much to see, do and experience. Downtown, the vibrant city centre boasts an impressive skyline of soaring towers, an 8km stretch of coastline known as the Corniche, where traditional dhow boats can be found huddled within the old Mina Port and luxury yachts are seen glistening on the water. The luxurious 5-star Emirates Palace and the strikingly beautiful Presidential Palace both sit in prime positions at the end of the Corniche. Across the city, if you’re looking for a relaxing break, you’ll find countless pristine public beaches, exclusive beach clubs and swimming pools within hotels. If you seek adventure during your stay, most beaches offer an extensive range of water-sports, both relaxing and exhilarating. Prefer exploring?

Abu Dhabi offers a range of culture and heritage sites, attractions, shopping malls, restaurants, live entertainment as well as options for sightseeing by road, sea or air.

As the capital of the UAE, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is also home to neighbouring Al Ain city (with six UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and Al Dhafra, which makes up around two thirds of Abu Dhabi, with its vast desert area including the Liwa oasis and hundreds of kilometres of coastline. Today, the capital is home to around 1.1 million people, with residents comprising over 200 different nationalities. Due to the discovery of oil, Abu Dhabi has changed rapidly over the last century. It has developed into a diverse, fascinating and lively city and region. So, what are you waiting for? Yalla, as they say in Arabic, meaning ‘Let’s go!’


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