With its pristine beaches, desert climate and sleek shopping malls, the capital of the United Arab Emirates makes a wonderful holiday destination. Although it hasn't grown to the epic proportions of neighbouring Dubai just yet, this refined city has got plenty to offer discerning visitors. The famous Arab hospitality is apparent in Abu Dhabi’s many outstanding hotels. After all, this place has a seven star hotel in the form of the glittering Emirates Palace. Besides the soaring skyline with its ultra-modern skyscrapers, you'll find abundant green spaces and parks that have earned this place the nickname 'Garden City.' This is one of the wealthiest places in the world, so the retail therapy here is designer label heaven. The food's pretty impressive too, with all manner of international restaurants to choose from. If you're in search of some action, holidays in Abu Dhabi won't disappoint: as well as championship golf courses and equestrian centres, you'll find some of the best snorkelling and dive sites in the world. What’s not to love about holidays to Abu Dhabi?
When you're not kicking back on the gorgeous beach or being pampered in your luxury hotel, there's an array of things to see and do in Abu Dhabi. Active holidaymakers love the sports courts, golf courses, horse riding and outstanding scuba diving and snorkelling. Shoppers, meanwhile, cant get enough of the ultramodern malls. Still, there are plenty of local crafts to be had and if you want a taste of how things used to be in Abu Dhabi, see the Heritage Village near the Marina. For an insight into local culture, head into the desert on a heartstopping Jeep safari, watch a majestic falconry display, watch a camel race, take a dhow cruise or see the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Heres a tip: if a stay in the seven star Emirates Palace is over your budget, its decadent high tea is not to be missed.
Drinking in Abu Dhabi is limited to hotels, which means many of them have created some stylish night time venues. Think glamorous cocktail bars, futuristic nightclubs and laidback lounges. Abu Dhabi keeps playing host to international name DJs and musicians. Located on the outskirts of town, the cavernous, airconditioned Du Forum Club attracts many world famous acts to its club nights. Of course, if you're looking for a lowerkey style of nightlife, just enjoy dinner and drinks beneath the stars at your hotel.
When it comes to dining, Abu Dhabi cant fail to impress. As youd expect from such a luxury destination, there are a number of excellent restaurants here, offering cuisine from all over the world. Take an evening stroll along the smart Corniche, the neatly manicured waterfront thats home to dozens of eateries and a lifeguarded beach. And, while youre on holiday in the U.A.E, try the local specialities bursting with exotic spices, aromas and flavours.
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