With its location between the southern crook of the Persian Gulf and the wider bodies of water that form the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, this region has long been a key part of international trade routes, with the likes of spices, wood, grains, and gold passing through for centuries.
One of the Emirates' contributions to this industry was in her pearls. Free divers mastered the art of diving for oysters and returning with, hopefully, valuable treasure. The Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey offers a peek into the art and explains the economic benefits that pearl diving brought to the region. When joining the tour, you will take a traditional dhow out into the mangroves where divers demonstrate their skill and encourage you to help them open the oysters to find your own treasured pearl.
The concierge at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara will take reservations for this journey, or you can book online.