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About Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the UAE and the largest amongst the seven Emirates. With 200 islands and a coastline of 700 kilometres, Abu Dhabi is the most populous city of the country’s seven constituent Emirates. Well this is not all; it also has the largest amount of oil reserves, the fastest roller coaster, a tower with the greatest lean, world's largest hand-loomed carpet and the largest group of cultural buildings of the 21st century. 

Bordering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman, Abu Dhabi covers over three-fourth area of the entire federation and is known worldwide for its rich oil fields. 

About Abu Dhabi: General facts

  1. Languages: Arabic (official) and English
  2. Religion followed: Islam
  3. Area: 67,340 sq km
  4. Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)
  5. Subdivisions: 3 Municipal Regions - Abu Dhabi (Central Capital District), Al Ain (Eastern) and Al Gharbia (Western)
  6. Climate: Tropical, semi-dry climate, with hot summers, warm winters and scanty rainfall.
  7. Airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Al Ain International Airport
  8. Sea Ports: Mina’ Zayed and Khalifa Port

Where to stay in Abu Dhabi

To make your stay in Abu Dhabi as pleasant and enjoyable as possible, we bring to you a comprehensive list of hotels where you can stay with your family and friends. 

Kempinski Emirates Palace Hotel: A 5-star enchanting landmark with over 250+ superior rooms and some magnificent suites.
Book here: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/overview/index.html

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi: Another 5-star hotel with warm tones and an enchanting view of the Gulf. It would surely give you a world-class experience. You can also indulge in activities like jet skiing and other water adventure sports.
Book here:  http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/overview/index.html

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa: If you love playing golf, this is the best hotel for you. It also features tee-time bookings, Saadiyat island access, pools as well as recreation facilities.
Book here: http://www.westinabudhabigolfresort.com/

Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi: Situated on the Yas Island, this is the perfect hotel to escape from the hustle bustle of the city life. There are over 397 stylish rooms and several on-site amenities like fitness centre, spa, tennis court, etc.
Book here: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-abudhabi

Some more hotels to stay in Abu Dhabi

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 
Book here: https://www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/unitedarabemirates/abudhabi/beachrotana

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Book here: http://www.dusit.com/dusitthani/abudhabi/

Abu Dhabi Activities

A vacation at Abu Dhabi means having a plethora of options for fun and recreation. Here are some activities in Abu Dhabi that you can indulge in to enhance your stay and would make you want to come back for more.
  • Dune Bashing
  • Camel racing
  • Falconry
  • Henna Painting
  • Sand boarding and Skiing

Shopping Malls in Abu Dhabi 

Stay at Abu Dhabi is certainly incomplete without visiting some of its renowned shopping malls. Here are some shopping malls in Abu Dhabi that you can explore and shop your heart out at:

Abu Dhabi Mall: You can get the perfect experience of shopping, dining as well as entertainment in this mall. Timings: 10am up to 11pm. See here: http://www.abudhabi-mall.com

Deerfields Mall: It is a complete shopping destination for family and friends. In addition to this, the mall is a venue for several events that provides a platform of exploration of art and cultural activities. It also provides a 4D experience in 14 screen cinema complex. Burjeel Health Centre is also located within its precincts, making healthcare services easily accessible. See here: http://www.deerfieldsmall.com

Yas Mall:  Besides shopping, you can also visit the popular VOX cinemas. It also has a dedicated family entertainment zone, operated by Funworks. See here: http://www.yasmall.ae 

Mushrif Mall: A one-stop destination for shopping, dining and leisure activities, the mall has over 200 retail outlets including restaurants, cafes and much more.  See here: http://www.mushrifmall.com 

Abu Dhabi Sightseeing

When it comes to staying in Abu Dhabi, it means having a lot of options for Abu Dhabi sightseeing places. We have listed below the major Abu Dhabi sightseeing attractions that you can visit and have a gala time with your friends and family.

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: One of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque gives a sneak peek to the Arab culture and the native practices and traditions. Visit: http://www.szgmc.ae/en/

  • Ferrari World: Awarded as the “Middle East Leading Tourist Attraction” by the World travel Awards in 2015, the Ferrari World offers one of the fastest ride in the world. It is located within the Yas Marina circuit. Visit: http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

  • Yas Waterworld: It is a huge water park, offering a number of waterslides and an inner-tube river ride, and the world's first hydromagnetic tornado water rafting ride; the world's largest surfable sheet wave; and Jebel Drop, a free-fall speed water slide. Visit: www.yaswaterworld.com

  • Heritage Village: It is an interesting reconstruction of oasis and desert lifestyle, featuring exhibits with day-to-day objects, workshops and displays introducing visitors to local agriculture and the pearl diving trade - the main economies here before oil was discovered.

  • Hili Archaeological Park: The historical park is the largest Bronze Age site in the UAE dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC. It comprises of Bronze Age settlements and tombs belong to Umm- Nar Culture.

  • Jabal Hafeet (Al Ain): Jabal Hafeet is one of the popular mountain range and a popular tourist attraction amongst local and international visitors.

  • Al Ain Zoo (Al Ain): A special delight for children is the Al Ain Zoo that is house of many wild creatures inclusive of birds such as flamingos The Al Ain is situated at the foothills of Jabal Hafeet with wide range of fauna species. It is popular for its white lion, a species almost nearing extinction. Visit: http://www.alainzoo.ae

Museums in Abu Dhabi 

There are several world-class museums in Abu Dhabi, giving a cultural view to the visitors.

Here are some museums you can visit:

  • Emirates National Auto Museum
  • Al Ain National Museum
  • Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum (Al Ain Palace Museum
  • Zayed National Museum
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Islands in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to a number of beautiful islands, which offer entertainment, culture and luxury.

Come explore the Abu Dhabi islands here:

The Yas Island: Situated at prime location, the island is a home to events, festivals and a bounty of adventurous and recreational activities.Website: http://www.yasisland.ae/en/ 

Saadiyat Island: Also referred to as Saadiyat Cultural District, the island is home to 3 museums such as Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Website: http://www.saadiyat.ae

Sir Bani Yas Island: Awarded as “the World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination” by World Travel Awards in Anguilla, this Abu Dhabi island is a nature’s paradise with wildlife, stables and historical sites to explore.  Website: http://www.sirbaniyasisland.com

Events in Abu Dhabi

To make your stay at Abu Dhabi more enjoyable, you can choose to atten any of the following Abu Dhabi events:
  • Abu Dhabi Festival: Set up by Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, this festival runs for around three weeks, each day dedicated to performance of specific artist or artists. Get a glimpse: http://www.abudhabifestival.ae/en

  • Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Festival:  Organized by the Emirates Falconers Club at Abu Dhabi, this festival showcases some of the best bred fauna in the region. Get a glimpse: http://www.adihex.com 

Some other events in Abu Dhabi include:

  1. WOMAD
  2. Qasr Al Hosn Festival
  3. Creamfields
  4. Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week
  5. Liwa Date Festival
  6. Warehouse 421
  7. Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Getting Around Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways is the official air carrier of the Emirate linking several important cities across the world. To commute within the city, taxis are very common and also relatively cheap compared to other countries. You can also find public transportation facility such as buses, managed by the Department of Transport (DoT). 

We hope all your answers around where to stay in Abu Dhabi, events in Abu Dhabi, museums in Abu Dhabi and events in Abu Dhabi have been well-answered. Have a pleasant stay in the Emirate city!