An island city on the rise. The modern U.A.E. capital presents a captivating mix of tradition and fast-moving progression.
Sometimes overshadowed by it's glamorous sister, Dubai, Abu Dhabi is an exciting stopover destination in its own right.
Palaces, lush gardens, beaches, theme parks - you name it, Abu Dhabi has it. Or soon will have.
To experience the splendour of this ludicrously wealthy city, a visit to the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must. With room for 40,000 worshippers, it's one of the largest mosques in the world. Covered in marble and semi-precious stones, the mosque also boasts the world's largest hand-made carpet and largest chandelier. Unlike most mosques, tourists can visit daily (apart from Friday mornings) and access is free.
Of course, shopping is a popular pastime in Abu Dhabi. But, if you're looking for a more relaxing afternoon, a bike ride along the Corniche is just the thing? The city's waterfront promenade stretches for six kilometres and offers a spectacular backdrop of downtown Abu Dhabi. Dotted with sandy beaches, as well as parks and sheesha cafés, visit in the evening and the area comes alive.
If it's adventure you seek, a range of desert activities await. From camel riding to off-road driving, there are plenty of ways you can experience the Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter). As the world's largest uninterrupted sand mass, its golden expanse and enormous dunes will blow you away.