Awe-inspiring Abu Dhabi

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10 Jan 2022 by Anithya Balachandran

The capital of the UAE and the second most populous city in the country, Abu Dhabi boasts a dynamic landscape that appeals to all kinds of travellers.

A hub of art and culture, the futuristic and beautiful Emirate offers you an array of experiences, making it the perfect

place for you to explore. From the vast sandy dunes of the desert to the gleaming blue hues of the sea, towering cityscapes to action-packed theme parks, majestic cultural landmarks to awe-inspiring natural landscapes with surprising wildlife, there’s so much to see and do in Abu Dhabi.

Looking for culture and ancient history? With its still-operational traditional falaj (ancient irrigation system) and meandering pathways shaded beneath a thick canopy of over 147,000 date palms and other fruit trees, Al Ain Oasis is the perfect place to bring family or friends to see what agriculture in this region has looked like for a millennia.

If you wish to traverse down a more artistic cultural route, immerse yourself in history at the magnificent Louvre Abu Dhabi. As a premier cultural institution located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, this is an art lover’s dream, displaying iconic works spanning from ancient times to the contemporary era.

If you’re a traveller with a penchant for fabulous food, treat your tastebuds to fine dining dishes at Louvre Abu Dhabi’s stunning French restaurant, Fouquet’s. If you’re after opulent Arabic delights, head to Mezlai at Emirates Palace or, for authentic Japanese fare, try Zuma Abu Dhabi located in The Galleria Al Maryah Island.

A must-visit spot on every itinerary is the opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque that will mesmerise you with 1,096 amethyst-and-jasper-embedded columns, gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers, reflective pools, 82 white marble domes and an iconic prayer hall.If you’re up for action and love cars, you will enjoy a trip to Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Channel your inner Lewis Hamilton and drag, drift and race your way around the track.

The Emirate is abuzz with exciting events throughout the year, so if you wish to wave goodbye to 2021 in splendour, Abu Dhabi is the place to be. Experience the vibrant Abu Dhabi Corniche Fireworks show on New Years Eve or immerse yourself in culture at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. For another glorious display of light and fireworks, you can also head to Al Maryah Island or Yas Island.

So, whether you’re looking for a blissful escape by the sea or are seeking the comforts of home in another country, there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi.

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Business Traveller December 2021 / January 2022 edition
Business Traveller December 2021 / January 2022 edition
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