Discover Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s heritage is exquisitely contrasted against its modernity, as larger-than-life, purpose-built attractions and events promote the Emirate as a red-hot Middle Eastern drawcard.

Cashed up and touting a reputation as one the world’s most ambitious new frontiers, Abu Dhabi now asserts claim as an ideal setting for a luxury getaway.

Located on the banks of the Arabian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates’ capital celebrates iridescent blue waters and pristine beaches with five-star shopping opportunities, top-notch cultural facilities, high-profile sporting events, and multibillion-dollar hotel projects.

While Abu Dhabi's culture firmly highlights Arabia's Islamic traditions, the Emirate also embraces worldly influences and modern trends. This progressive approach sees Abu Dhabi host an intriguing blend of old and new attractions.

Uncover the Emirate’s history through a number of grand and impressive structures that map out the life of the nation’s founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Visit an exhibition at the Sheikh’s birthplace, Al Jahili Fort. Peruse the museum at the Sheikh’s former place of residence, Al Ain Palace. Or pay homage to the nation at the Sheikh’s burial place, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. 

Abu Dhabi’s heritage is exquisitely contrasted against its modernity, as larger-than-life, purpose-built attractions and events promote the Emirate as a red-hot Middle Eastern drawcard.

Every November, the fervour of motor sports fans inundates Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, when the roar of the Etihad Airways Grand Prix takes over the metropolis. Can’t make it to the Grand Prix? Experience the Emirate’s love of fast cars year-round at Ferrari World  the world’s first Ferrari amusement centre and largest indoor theme park, home to the world's fastest roller coaster.

Holding true to its world-class reputation, Abu Dhabi also features a number of outstanding luxury hotels and resorts, many of which are incredible architectural feats.

Mimicking the throw of a local fishing net, The Yas Viceroy  positioned on the Yas Marina Circuit  is a hotel like no other, embracing the ergonomics and speed lines of high performance cars and yachts. 

The Emirates Palace is a tourist attraction in itself, featuring prominently on the Abu Dhabi landscape as a strikingly beautiful recreation of ancient Arabian architecture.

Located just outside the capital, in the rolling sand dunes of the legendary Liwa Desert, Qasr Al Sarab is a luxury oasis that embraces its evocative surrounds.

Discover Abu Dhabi 

Words by Alice Nash - Published 25 June 2012
Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 860,000
Time Zone UTC +4
Languages Arabic (official), English
Currency United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
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