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A city, an island, and the largest of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and was founded in 1971 on the Persian Gulf. With a slightly quieter environment than nearby Dubai, Abu Dhabi still gives visitors a memorable experience, thanks to its impressive amount of sunshine, great venues for action and adventure, fantastic dining, and enviable shopping. Make sure to end each day with a drink in the iconic Etihad Towers, looking out over the desert city and the surrounding turquoise waters.