The United Arab Emirates

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

Photography by Tommaso Ciancio

Before you begin exploring Abu Dhabi, we thought we would provide a quick overview of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Situated along the Arabian Gulf, the UAE has it all. With year-round sunshine, sandy beaches, great shopping, rich heritage, theme parks, major events and dining to suit every taste, there is something for everyone here.

The ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan took office in 2004, following the death of his father, the UAE’s founder, Sheikh Zayed who founded the UAE in 1971. Abu Dhabi was named capital of the other six emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah.

During your visit, it won’t take you long to experience the warmth and welcoming nature of the Emirati people, and the friendly outlook of the expats who have settled here. Emiratis adore family life, so the lifestyle here is very much focused on maintaining a family-orientated society.

This guide is about Abu Dhabi, because Yalla believes that no trip to the UAE is complete without a visit to the capital. As you read through the guide, you’ll discover more about Abu Dhabi, and, hopefully, this will help you decide which attractions and sights you will want to see.

Understanding the UAE is impossible without understanding the life of Sheikh Zayed and his deep religious faith, vision, determination and hard work.
Emiratis are very proud of their present as well as their past, and their Founding Father Sheikh Zayed was quoted saying: “He who does not know his past cannot make the best of his present and future, for it is from the past that we learn.”
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