The United Arab Emirates has become synonymous with luxury and indulgence in the eyes and ears of the modern world. Reputable the world over for its luxurious and lavish nature, the UAE contains wonders unlike any other nation in the world. Although the region’s commercial epicenter, the Emirate of Dubai, gets most of the attention due to its glitz and decadent exterior, containing all kids of concepts that contribute to its reputation as one of the most glamorous cities in the world. One should not however, let the sparkle of Dubai shield one’s eyes from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Emirates, that has some absolutely magnificent attractions in its own right, ranging from Ferrari World, hailed as the best theme park in the world, to Sir Bani Yas Island, a unique island sanctuary, containing Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, a self-sufficient Abu Dhabi island resort that was to complement the nature of the island.
One of the most unmistakable attractions in Abu Dhabi is Al-Bateen shipyard, which is a legendary place that is iconic to the capital city of the UAE. The infamous shipyard specializes in the design of traditional ships using the ancient art of ship-building that is true to the heritage of the nation, which is why it is hailed as being a true testament to the culture and legacy of the United Arab Emirates. Anyone who visits the shipyards can witness the master ship-builders and skilled-carpenters create Dhows, traditional Arabic vessels, out of large planks enlisting techniques that have been passed down over generations. These dhows are crucial to the livelihood of many people, ranging from the fishermen who use them to capture as much sea-food as possible, to the customers that rely on the fishermen for their supplies.
If you happen to find yourself in Abu Dhabi, ensure that you do not miss out on an opportunity to see the magnificent shipyard that is Al-Bateen.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.