While neighbouring Dubai is all about towering skyscrapers and business, Abu Dhabi has a more horizontal horizon and the focus is more upon culture. Next to the clear blue water of the Persian Gulf, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Emirate, and also the capital of the United Arab Emirates, overlooks the sculpted curves of its infinite dunes, which are every bit as beautiful as the pictures hanging in its museums.
A coastal gem in the U.A.E., Abu Dhabi is replete with international businesses, sightseeing attractions and exotic shopping opportunities. Browse Port Zayed’s famous rugs, and visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest. From Abu Dhabi International Airport, take 1st exit at roundabout to Airport Rd. Stay on 2nd St for 13km. Turn right onto 1st St/Corniche Rd W. Follow the coast to the hotel, on your right after 1km. Airport pick-up and limo service available.
their dark tents, there are some Bedouins who continue to raise their camels on the outskirts of the city, while on the Corniche – a boulevard not dissimilar from La Croisette which stretches along the seafront with its brightly lit motorways – their descendants show off their 4X4s and Ferraris.
Abu Dhabi, one of the most enlightened of the United Arab Emirates, is also keen to preserve its historic heart, Qasr Al Hosn, the stronghold of the ruling family, and loves nothing more than attracting more and more visitors. The construction of its new airport, which, when completed, will be one of the most high-tech in the world, with a duty free area ten times bigger than the current one, proves that this beautiful desert city is ambitiously focusing on its long-term future.