In Arabic “Father of the gazelle”, or, as we commonly know it – Abu Dhabi, is the capital city and the largest of the seven Emirates -which forms the United Arab Emirates. It is an exciting city where nothing stands still, except perhaps the herons in its mangroves.
The city is the seat of the Federal Government and is the country’s political and industrial hub as well as being a major historical and cultural centre, making it one of the UAE’s most popular places to visit.
Known as a city of contrasts, here you’ll find the domes and minarets of traditional mosques nestled beside ultramodern skyscrapers, chic and luxurious five-star hotels near vibrant traditional souks (markets) and futuristic tourist attractions neighbouring kilometres of rolling desert dunes.
For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE’s history through museums, exhibitions and tours. But thankfully Emirati heritage isn’t boxed and mothballed; it’s also experienced through strolls around the dhow harbour, haggling in markets and absorbing the atmosphere at sheesha cafes.