Over the last half century Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has evolved from a simple fishing village to a luxurious metropolis dotted with glittering architecture, sumptuous hotels, high-end restaurants and vast shopping malls, which combine wonderfully with untouched desert and expansive sandy beaches.
Discover more about Abu Dhabi's religion and traditions with a visit to one of the world's most impressive landmarks, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel features 80 domes, over 1,000 columns, gold-plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand woven carpet. Don't miss Al Ain, located 90 minutes drive from the city, it is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Winding five miles along the Arabian Gulf shore, Abu Dhabi's Corniche is a beautiful boulevard of paved walkways, separate cycle paths, gorgeous manicured gardens, luxury hotels, children's play areas, an array of cafes and restaurants and of course a sweeping sandy beach.