Abu Dhabi

Information

Type of the vacation

Family, Cultural and Beach

Population

2.3 million as of 2014

Area size

972 sq. km

Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates has now emerged as one of the country’s finest tourist destinations because of its excellent infrastructure and interesting attractions.

 

A city once known for its exhaustive coverage of conventions and exhibitions has gained importance for entertainment and shopping as well. Various areas and islands in Abu Dhabi are developed to promote tourism that includes the Corniche, the Yas Island and the Saadiyat Island, which allow visitors to explore the stunning Arabian Gulf views and wildlife reserves.

To provide in-depth information on the various things to-do in Abu Dhabi, take a look at our exclusive list of attractions, shopping, activities and nightlife with dining options.

Abu Dhabi has become a very popular place for many people to go to for a vacation, especially in the summer. It is certainly not hard to imagine why. There are a ton of things to do in Abu Dhabi during summer.

One of the most popular Abu Dhabi attractions is the YAS mall. It is known as Abu Dhabi’s biggest shopping centre, and the UAE’s second largest mall. People make sure to make a stop there, because of its popularity.

Local Currency

The local currency is the dirham, which is pegged at AED 3.67 to 1 US dollar.

Rulers

H. H.  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He assumed his presidential duties on 3 November 2004. Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father, the late H. H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as the President from 1971 to 2004.

History

Civilisations in Abu Dhabi date back to the third millennium BC; Umm Al Nar island and Jebel Hafeet, in particular, are sites of great archaeological importance.

 The history of the Abu Dhabi island is interesting. Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa first moved to the island; although he would reside there only during the pearling seasons in summer. At that time, there were only 20 settlements. But, when news of availability of water travelled, the once barren coast soon became a small fishing village. To protect the water source, Sheikh Dhiyab built a watchtower near it. Later, a bigger structure was built around it. This came to be known as Qasr Al Hosn. This is Abu Dhabi’s only historical building still standing.

 The ruling Al Nahyan family descends from a sub-section of Bani Yas tribe, known as Al Bu Falah. They originally lived in the Liwa oasis and settled in Abu Dhabi in 1793. They lived in Qasr Al Hosn for almost two centuries.

Economy

Abu Dhabi is the world’s eighth-biggest producer of oil. It has 95 per cent of the nation’s oil reserves and about 94 per cent of gas reserves. In 2014, because of the diversification policy, it maintained a GDP of AED 952.6 billion, and the share of non-oil sector was 49 per cent.

Landmarks

There are several landmarks in the emirate; old and new. Some of them are:

Nature and environment 

70 per cent of Abu Dhabi is an open desert. It has 200 islands including: Sadiyat, Al Futasi and Sir Bani Yas.

It has two major oases:

  • Al Ain oasis in Al Ain city
  • Liwa oasis in Al Gharbia

Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak (1,240 metres) and is located south of Al Ain city.

Ferrari World

The first Ferrari theme park, the largest amusement park in the world located in the room.

 

Yas Waterworld

One of the biggest water parks in the world where there are 45 attractions and 6 of them in the book of world record holder as the only one of its kind.

Al Bahar

Twin towers of skyscrapers with a unique “mobile” facade.

Capital Gate

“Falling tower”

Aldar HQ

The circular skyscraper

Culture

Courtesy and hospitality are the highest values in the Arab world, and visitors will be enchanted by the kindness and the friendliness of the people. Dubai’s culture is based on Islam, and serves as a support and motivation for all aspects of daily life. Virtually every block has its own mosque, where believers gather for prayer five times a day. One of the largest and most beautiful mosques – Jumeirah Mosque, a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture.

Dubai

Dubai, with its 3,885 square meters in area. km is the second largest emirate of the UAE. It is located on the banks of Dubai Creek, a natural narrow branch of the Persian Gulf; Dubai Creek divides the city into the Deira district to the north and Bur Dubai to the south.

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