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Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
If you enjoy a touch of elegance, plus imaginative architecture, and if F1 racing gets your heart going, then a few nights at the Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi will be on your destination list. The only hotel built within an F1 track, here guests...
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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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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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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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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
My favorite piece of Abu Dhabi is the Corniche, with uninterrupted bike and pedestrian pathways, green spaces, food kiosks, and the beach. There are several beach options along this stretch of waterfront, including paid access through the hotels,...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Boasting what is arguably one of the best views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Fairmont Bab al Bahr occupies a cozy little spot just on the other side of Abu Dhabi Island. The beach offers a lovely lounge area along with activities...
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A visit to the Middle East is hardly considered complete without a camel encounter. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a ride one of the friendly animals. Many cultural excursions include an introduction to the desert creatures. The Emirates...
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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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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The design of Ferrari World corresponds with my inclination that architecture should be inspirational from all angles. From the air, the structure is distinctly Ferrari red and undeniably represents the sleek brand. From the ground, its curves...
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Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
In 2011, the Formula 1 Race was scheduled at Yas Island the weekend of my visit to Abu Dhabi. Yas Island is the destination for events, concerts and luxury hotels in town. The track and event was in close proximity to where I worked, so, when...
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When the weather cools down for the winter, a day away at the Taste of Abu Dhabi is perfection. Enjoying the City's clear blue skies, sampling food, and taking a spin around the wares for local artisans puts a festival spirit in everyone's smile....
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Spend two hours relaxing and refreshing on the Dhow Cruise Dinner. Abu Dhabi looks marvelous from the water and you will undoubtedly have a restorative Arabian experience as you glide along while the ultra-modern city's skyscrapers stand still....
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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
Delighted to walk through museums where one can touch and feel the displays, I explored the art, history, and culture of the United Arab Emirates and neighboring Arabian Peninsula. The ancient history of settlements in the UAE’s corner of the...
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With a bit more Arabian flare than a typical shopping mall—and a design that comes from the regional souk architecture, the WTC Souk (or Central Market) is a replacement to an outdoor souk that stood in the same place until a fire destroyed it in...
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1 Qasr Al Sarab Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
You will never feel more like a character in Lawrence of Arabia than by travelling to the Empty Quarter, the Rub'Al Khali desert. This desert area may represent what most visitors assume they will see when visiting Abu Dhabi, but it's surprisingly...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
With a dynamic group of artists from the UAE and overseas, the Art Hub provides artists with a residency program and also encourages Emirati artists to participate in similar programs overseas. Set amongst the sand dunes on the edge of the Empty...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
After the evening call to prayer, several cafe trucks open up to people strolling along the stretch of Marina Island—across the water and parallel to the Abu Dhabi cityscape on the Corniche. From Arab coffee to karak (similar to chai tea), the...
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Al Dhaid Rd, Near Sharjah Zoo - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
A highlight of my time in the United Arab Emirates was the Desert Safari that I took on the recommendation of the friend who I was staying with. The tour company picked me up with a group of others at my accommodation in Dubai and drove us...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Admit it; you're curious. A ski hill in the middle of the desert, on the Persian Gulf, no less, is as wild an idea as humankind has ever concocted—but isn't dreaming big what Dubai is all about? The slopes at Ski Dubai are no substitute for...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Consistently high temperatures and a prime seaside location make Dubai an ideal destination for water activities. Thankfully, Sea Riders is a one-stop aquatic hub. Want to learn how to wake surf or wakeboard? Maybe spend a day relaxing on your own...
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Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The visual harmony between the high-rise buildings and the shimmering water of the canal can almost lull you into forgetting that Dubai Marina is a man-made development. Built in 2003, Dubai Marina is a residential area, yet it has generous...
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17, The Iridium Building, Umm-e - Umm Suqeim St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether you want to explore the stretch of sand dunes 40 minutes outside of Dubai or visit the largest expanse of uninhabited desert in the world, known as the Empty Quarter, a desert safari is the way to do it. There are any number of tour...
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Al Nakhal Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Sure you can ride a camel through the desert, but why do that when you can control the throttle on a custom-built desert-trashing sand-spewing, tail-swerving dune buggy over massive waves of sand. Delta.ae built a fleet of dune buggies with solid...
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West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The first of Dubai’s extravagant palm tree–shaped artificial islands once seemed an expensive marketing gimmick; but One&Only The Palm’s prime position on the tip of the outer breakwater—plus thriving starfish and...
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24th Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road - Umm Suqeim - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Don't come for the atmosphere or decor, which are usually big draws in Dubai where bars are often extravagant and over-the-top. The interior of this compact watering hole up on the 24th floor of Jumeirah Beach Hotel won't win any design awards. I...
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Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road، Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Chefs have come and gone over the years and with them the seafood-based cuisine has changed. One thing that has remained, however, at this over-water restaurant is the enchanting views. In one direction there's the illuminated sail-shaped Burj Al...
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Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jutting out to sea at the end of a walkway at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina, 360 offers breathtaking panoramic views from its rooftop lounge-bar: cocktail in hand, you can see the Arabian Sea, Burj Al Arab, and the sweep of the coastline. Arrive...
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Gate Village - 03 Sheikh Zayed Rd - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Originally established in Damascus in 2006, the superb Ayyam Gallery now has branches in Dubai - at both Dubai International Financial Centre and Al Serkal Avenue, home to a handful of art spaces - as well as Beirut, Jeddah and London. You can...
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When the swell is up and the waves are high, Sunset Beach is Surf City, UAE. Count on left-breaking waves at the Jebel Ali end and right-breaking waves at the northern tip of the beach. In between, expect a busy beach full of tourists, locals, and...
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Jebel ali, Al Muntazah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Where else but Dubai could you find a church, a mosque, and a Sikh temple side by side? Thanks to just this juxtaposition in Jebel Ali (a suburb of Dubai), the locals have dubbed the area Religion City. Of particular interest is the...
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Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
During the many years I lived in Dubai, I must have sipped drinks on the wide, breezy veranda of Bahri Bar hundreds of times. It was the bar I took my many visitors to Dubai—from my Mum to my old school friends—on their first night in the city and...
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Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall, Near P.F.Chang's, Canal Walk - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
In Festival City, Al Fanar is the go to dining destination for expats with out of town guests hoping to sample Emirati food. With the mannequins in traditional garb and fiberglass camels, the décor smacks of a museum diorama but the grub is...
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Dubai - Al Ain Road - Al Marmoom - دبي - United Arab Emirates
The Camel Racing Festival is free and open to the public, and celebrates a sport that has deep cultural roots in the region. Much like the city itself, the current festival has a modern twist (as you can see): robot-jockey-mounted camels gallop...