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Ten things to know about Abu Dhabi


  1. In just over 50 years, Abu Dhabi has been transformed from little more than empty desert inhabited by nomadic tribes into a thriving 21st century society.
  2. Abu Dhabi is at the heart of one of the world’s most advancing regions. Abu Dhabi city is easily accessible from key European, Asian, African, American and Australian business centres.
  3. Abu Dhabi city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The wider Abu Dhabi emirate occupies over 80% of the country’s total landmass.
  4. Unknown to most, Abu Dhabi is archipelagic with nearly 200 islands dotted along its coast - island-hopping is a popular pastime.
  5. Abu Dhabi is on its way to becoming a global cultural centre with the creation of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island. This 27 square kilometre island lying 500 metres offshore the UAE capital is being transformed into a signature cultural, leisure and residential destination. The island will be home to the largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions including the Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a performing arts centre and maritime museum – all designed by award-winning international architects.
  6. Emirates Palace is one of the world’s most majestic and opulent hotels. Often mistaken as the presidential palace, Emirates Palace is decorated with gold-leaf, marble and hung with almost 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Abu Dhabi has an expanding range of other fabulous hotels and iconic buildings including The Yas Hotel, the only one in the world straddling a Formula 1™ race track.
  7. Abu Dhabi offers fantastic leisure activities. Choose from fascinating city tours, desert safaris and tours of our stunning Yas Marina Circuit Formula 1™ track or try your hand at driving it. Play a round of golf on one of three championship-ready, all-grass golf courses or visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – the UAE’s most imposing religious and national landmark. Opt for a range of watersports in Abu Dhabi’s warm, calm waters or take a trip to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park, and board the Formula Rossa – the world’s fastest roller-coaster.
  8. Visitors can experience an authentic taste of Arabian culture and heritage.
  9. Abu Dhabi enjoys a subtropical climate with sunshine almost every day.
  10. Abu Dhabi is home to the annual Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This international headline race joins an impressive line-up of world-class events which have enabled the emirate to emerge as a major global events contender. These include the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Gourmet Abu Dhabi gastronomic festival, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge rally and the Al Ain Aerobatics Championship

To discover more about one of the world’s most intriguing destinations, Kindly visit www.visitabudhabi.ae


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