he capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the perfect destination to experience and explore providing a truly unforgettable journey. For those who have not visited before, here is a glimpse of the many allures that one can look forward to.
You can look forward to discovering the rich history and heritage of the region at several key sites; these include Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring everything from the lush Al Ain Oasis to the archaeological attractions of Jebel Hafit and Bida bint Saud. Also, of interest is the impressive Qasr Al Hosn Fort, while those staying at Sir Bani Yas Island-based resorts in Abu Dhabi can visit various other historical sites; these include a Nestorian Christian monastery which was founded around 600 A.D.
Nature & Wildlife
Despite its modern development, Abu Dhabi is still linked to its natural heritage. Those based in the city go kayaking at the Mangrove National Park where amidst a mangrove forest and mudflats, one may spot flamingos, mottled crabs, foxes, and turtles. Meanwhile, those staying at properties like Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara on Sir Bani Yas Island can explore the Arabian Wildlife Park; this sanctuary is home to thousands of free-roaming creatures including cheetahs, giraffes, gazelles and Arabian oryxes.
There is never a dull moment here with a stunning array of attractions in Abu Dhabi that cater to all types of travellers. Yas Island is perfect for families offering theme parks like Ferrari World, Warner Bros. World and Yas Waterworld as well as Yas Beach, the Yas Links golf course, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix Marina Circuit. On the other hand, culture enthusiasts can look to visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Al Mina Markets, the Heritage Village, and the distinctive Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The Empty Quarter
Visitors can additionally prepare themselves for adventures in the Empty Quarter also known as the Rub al Khali, the largest sand desert in the world! This spellbinding landscape has plenty of exciting escapades on offer; you can embark on a camel trek at sunrise or sunset as the Bedouins did, feel the soft sands beneath your feet during desert walks, or unleash your adventurous spirit with dune bashing and sandboarding. Some resorts will also offer falcon and saluki shows which showcase ancient traditions.