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Abu Dhabi is a name that conjures up images of rich oil tycoons speeding in Ferraris, skyscrapers grasping at the clouds, and all things cosmopolitan. Yet despite appearances, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is trying to balance a culturally rich past with an economically rich present.
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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy - Saadiyat Cultural District، Saadiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Manarat al-Saadiyat, Arabic for "place of enlightenment," is a unique gallery and visitor center dedicated to the future. As Saadiyat Island undergoes a massive transformation into a modern cultural hub, Manarat al-Saadiyat tells the story of its...
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West Corniche Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Some experienced travelers wouldn't consider a hotel a "sight," but the Emirates Palace is a full-blown spectacle. This luxurious spot, which is owned by the government, opened in 2006 to the cost of roughly $6 billion! You'll notice marble and...
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31 Mina St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Running parallel with Corniche Road, this long stretch along the water is known for beaches, lounging, play areas, swimming, and cafes. Come early on the weekend to stake out a good spot on the beach. Renting a bicycle and traveling along the...
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Al Maqta'a Bridge - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Al Maqtaa Bridge looks splendid at nighttime when its reflection is mirrored in Khor Al Maqtaa canal. Once a vital structure for the development of Abu Dhabi, it has recently been overshadowed by the nearby Sheikh Zayed Bridge but the Al Maqtaa's...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Ferrari World is an expansive indoor theme park with numerous attractions to choose from. My top pick is the Formula Rossa Roller Coaster (pictured above), which reaches speeds of 250 kph within4 seconds of the roller coaster's start, making it...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Home to the HSBC Golf Championship, this award-winning facility, managed by Troon Golf, features an 18-hole championship course that every golf enthusiast should play. For those days too hot to go out for a round, they also feature a nine-hole...
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Al Meena - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Off the tourist path you'll find the Mina Fish Market bustling with locals haggling for the freshest catch. For insights into local business and seafood this is the place to stop. My first wet market experience in the Middle East was a good one...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The fruit and vegetable market in Abu Dhabi has lost its old world looks but its character has remained incredibly charming. The vendors are excited to see new faces and are more than welcoming. The souq is located on the northeast corner of the...
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Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Dune bashing, as it is called in the UAE, is when you go off-roading in SUV on sand. To make the ride really exhilarating, the drivers go into blind drops down the side of a dune then expertly allow the vehicle to slide down the face of the dune...
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Etihad Towers,West Corniche, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The Etihad Towers are a series of five separate towers that jut into the Abu Dhabi sky. Tower 2 houses this observation deck and casual dining lounge: the perfect place to have a latte or a cocktail while looking out over the city. The water in...
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Sweihan Road,Al Shamkha - Near the Abu Dhabi International Airport - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A visit to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is worth every minute of the drive out of Dubai (about 45 minutes). This facility, the only one in the world, is devoted to the preservation and health of these amazing which play a central role in the...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This has to be one of the prettiest courses I have ever laid eyes on. Yas Links, situated on the Arabian Coast, is truly remarkable and it seems every area of this course was well thought out by master designer Kyle Phillips, who is known for...
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Exit 14,Saadiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
If this postcard image doesn't have you longing for a vacation I don't know what will. Saadiyat public beach offers paddle boards and kayaks on weekends and lounging seven days a week. Whether you're relaxing or rowing, keep an eye out for...
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Khor Al Maqta, Qaryat Al Beri - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi has one of the coolest settings to enjoy the Arabian Gulf waters at night and during the day. The family-friendly beach area offers a generous stretch of sand with lifeguards on duty. At night is when things really get...
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The new Yas Waterworld park is perfect for a family outing. Whether you're splashing around with little kids or seeking an adult adrenaline rush, their wide array of themed rides and activities will entertain everyone while keeping you cool....
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Abu Dhabi Theatre Rd, Corniche Brake water Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This reconstructed village is a glimpse into old oasis living. Heritage Village is a great place to see how the Emerati lived before skyscrapers. Scenes depict desert life in great detail and highlight their historic, nomadic lifestyle. Make sure...
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24°28'18.9"N 54°36'16. - 3rd Street - United Arab Emirates
Get ready to suit up and drive a Formula 1 car at on the Yas Marina Circuit. You'll be given lessons, cruise through some practice laps with a coach, and then race down the course on your own. In addition to F1 racers, several other types of high...
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The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This Southeast Asian–themed restaurant has incredible views and light meals from soups to papaya salads. As the sea breeze drifts through the windows, smells of of coriander, lemongrass, and coconut waft from the kitchen. Everything has an...
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Khor Al Maqta,Qaryat al Beri - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
For a nightcap, head to the enchanting Pool Bar, and as you sip your concoction, enjoy the cityscape all lit up. From here you can take in a view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Al Maqta Bridge. The bar is open from 9am to 11:30pm, and...
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Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Polished silver, flickering candles, and low lounges will all make you feel like you are in a luxurious restaurant in the heart of Morocco. Agadir is a fantastic dining option when you're on Saadiyat Island. The atmosphere they've created and food...
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Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Soothe away your stress at the The Heavenly Spa. Their six treatment rooms all bring natural elements and modern methods to rejuvenate your body and mind. In addition to a long list of treatments for women, I appreciated their variety of...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Visiting a shopping mall isn't always on my travel list, however the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi is a uniquely entertaining experience. Opened in 2001 near the Corniche Road, they have nearly everything. In addition to luxury labels you can find some...
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Anantara Hotel - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This tranquil lagoon is an interesting find for the Middle East. Home to numerous species of fish and birds, it's best explored on the water. Kayak excursions include some history on the area, island exploration, and even some fishing. Book a trip...
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Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi - Suite 3 Yas Marina Circuit - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
Angar Indian Restaurant is one of the restaurants I enjoyed most while in Abu Dhabi. Their tandoori dishes have the perfect smoky flavor, and come with naan and a variety of chutneys. Don't forget to wash down your meal with a Kingfisher Ale.
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Building 1 Yas Marina, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Stylishly lavish interiors are mere footnotes at Cipriani Yas Marina. Featuring classic Italian fare, the restaurant's dishes are surprisingly authentic and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out. To make things even more memorable,...
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Emporium Bldg,Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina ,Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Overlooking the Yas Marina, this upscale take on an American sports bar is a perfect place to unwind. This bar is very popular with sports enthusiasts of all countries due to the number of televisions and breadth of broadcasts. The establishment...
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Yas Marina, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
For a memorable excursion, take a seaplane tour with Seawings. The 30-minute aerial tour takes off from the water and leads to panoramic vistas. You'll see the city, mangrove forests, and shoreline. Planes can accommodate up to 9 people so it's a...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A Neopolitan pizzeria in Abu Dhabi with delicious thin crusts artisan pizzas baked in a wood burning pizza oven. The pizzas are very reasonably priced and ingredients range from mozzarella and basil to Tandoori Chicken and mango chutney. The...
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Saadiyat Island, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
On Saadiyat Island, just to the east of Manarat Al Saadiyat, lies Fanr: a relaxed restaurant offering a wide variety of cuisines. Indoor and outdoor seating are available and the strong quality of design both inside and outside will want to make...
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Garden Tower - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
On the site of a historic market place, the New Souk is a modern architectural take on traditional small-stall shopping. Intersecting corridors of airy, elaborate wooden panels guide you through the maze-like structure as you shop a range of...