Abu Dhabi, the imposing mega city and capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits on an island, off the mainland, in the Persian Gulf. The gateway city has a booming economy and thriving tourism industry. The region’s historic sites and natural attractions appeal to those who have an interest in Sightseeing. Abu Dhabi also boasts modern attractions like theme parks and shopping malls that draw the urban explorer. Steel skyscrapers and mega malls make up the impressive city skyline but the quaint backstreets are a window into more traditional, humble beginnings. Away from the activity of busy city life is Sir Bani Yas Island, which is home to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort and the tranquil Arabian Wildlife Park.
The newest addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline is the Marina Eye. The giant Ferris wheel that stands in front of Marina Mall, one of the capital’s best loved shopping centres, was opened in December 2015. The towering mobile structure features forty two cabins that can seat up to eight people in each. They are all fitted out with air-conditioning as well as heating. Several are VIP cabins that also feature LED televisions, telephones and refrigerators for those who want to take the experience to new heights. As the observational wheel rotates gradually the capsules’ occupants are treated to an aerial view of the capital’s spectacular skyline.
It stands right above the crashing waves of the Corniche Breakwater. Look down over the promenade lined with bars, shops and eateries. You will also be able to make out miniature figures that are the outdoor sculptures that line the walkway and the iconic King Fahd’s Fountain, the main showpiece. Beyond the Corniche, look out far across the Red Sea. The Marina Eye is open daily from 11am to 11pm on weekdays and from 11am to 1am on weekends.
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