As you look at the skyline of Abu Dhabi, the sights of towering high rises give you the impression of being in an ultra-modern metropolis. However, as you begin exploring the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you'll come across its rich traditions and history that's still pretty much alive in the midst of globalisation. Perched on a T-shaped island, this city is UAE's centre of industries and politics. In the year 2014, it was considered as the world's 68th most expensive city. Being the country's capital, it is also a major centre of culture and commerce. Here we present some of its highlights:
The astonishing sights
Abu Dhabi was planned by a Japanese architect known as Dr. Katsuhiko Takahashi in the year 1967 under the guidance of its former ruler, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This laid the foundation for future development of the city. Today some notable skyscrapers form a part of its skyline, such as Etihad Towers, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower. They are well-complemented with over 2,000 parks and gardens. The city also has a fantastic coastline that extends to more than 249 miles.
The heart-warming hospitality
The Arabs are known to go out of their way to make the guests feel completely at home. You can also experience the same kind of hospitality while staying in any of its elegant hotels. With the excellent facilities provided in the rooms, suites, and villas of these hotels, your stay in this city would be no less than memorable. The fabulous restaurants of these hotels offer all the popular cuisines in addition to the traditional Arab dishes. During your stay, you'll also get pampered with amenities like steam, sauna, and a variety of treatments in your hotel’s spa.
The rich traditions
The culture of this city is firmly rooted in true Islamic traditions that uphold the values of tolerance and peace. While exploring the cultural attractions of Abu Dhabi, you get a unique insight into its Islamic customs and traditions. Among these attractions is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is not only an architectural landmark but also a place of worship that welcomes both faithful Muslims as well as visitors. During the holy month of Ramadan, the city adopts an entirely different way of life with quieter days of fast observed by the faithfuls and lively evenings after they break their fast at sunset.
The intriguing history
Origins of the ruling Al Nahyan family and this city date back to the 18th century when the desert tribes migrated to the island of Abu Dhabi in search of fresh water. In the years that followed, trade flourished and the region grew gradually under the Al Nahyan family. The traces of this city's history can be found even today in the form of Al Jahili Fort and several other structures. Even before the desert tribes, a thriving civilisation is believed to have existed in this region, which is evident from the 5000-year-old tombs of Jebel Hafeet.
Deserts are something that the Arabs can never forget, as they are the very places of their origins. Today, the desert areas have become a thriving place for tourists to live the experience of a Bedouin lifestyle. Located amidst the fascinating sand dunes, the Arabian Nights Village is among the places where you can live in the traditional Bedouin tents, palm houses, or desert houses. You can also embark on desert safaris on the breathtaking sands of Al Khaznah and experience the thrilling camel treks as a part of your off-road adventure tours.
There’s much to see and do in UAE’s capital for tourists who are in search of a unique destination for their holiday. So, book an exciting holiday to abu dhabi on Lowest2 and get ready for some amazing Arabian experiences.