Abu Dhabi A Destination of Distinction
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Welcome to Abu Dhabi Linara Travel was originally established when we found it nearly impossible to obtain quality travel information about resorts in the United Arab Emirates and Indian Ocean Islands – even more difficult was finding travel professionals that had first-hand knowledge of these destinations. Accordingly, we personally visit the United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius regularly to ensure that each client benefits from our unique perspective and the most up-to-date information available. Providing the highest level of service is of paramount importance to Linara Travel. Our team ensures every aspect of your experience is in perfect order, before, during, and after your vacation. Our clients enjoy numerous benefits highlighted by our service that includes access to a dedicated travel consultant throughout your journey, custom designed itineraries that best match your desires, and the assurance that Linara Travel has personal relationships with all the luxury properties in the region. This publication focuses on our passion for the stunning and rapidly growing destination of Abu Dhabi. We’ve hand-selected the very best hotels, resorts, and activities and we have also included a few sample itineraries. Abu Dhabi offers some of the most amazing, unique, and exciting facilities anywhere. Linara Travel’s dedication to providing personalized and one-of-a-kind vacations has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, which has named us the ‘Top Travel Specialist’ to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius. Similarly, Travel & Leisure has recognized us as the ‘Top Travel Expert’ in the region. For additional information and photos of each of the properties in this brochure, please visit our website, www.linaratravel.com. Our website also contains detailed information about safaris in Southern Africa, our other specialty area. If you would like to discuss planning one of our unforgettable experiences in more detail, please contact us or inquire through your preferred travel agent. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Abu Dhabi Overview Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. With its world-class infrastructures and fascinating attractions, Abu Dhabi is full of rich heritage where you can enjoy year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and a lively cosmopolitan lifestyle.
The City of Abu Dhabi Collectively, the areas of downtown, Yas Island, and Saadiyat Island, make up the growing city of Abu Dhabi and all three areas are within minutes of each other. The downtown area fronts the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf where you will find all the conveniences of the 21st century blended with the heritage of the Emirates. The downtown area contains the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – one of the world’s largest. The downtown area is also home to The Corniche – a beach area with restaurants, shops, and luxury hotels. Fine dining abounds, as does shopping which is as diverse as the emirate – there’s everything from marble-clad malls with haute couture brands to traditional gold and carpet souks. Yas Island is the new sports and leisure center of Abu Dhabi. Yas Island is home to Ferrari World – the World’s largest indoor theme park, Yas Marina Circuit – the Formula 1 race track, Yas Links – one of the top 10 new golf courses in the World, and the Yas Marina. Saadiyat Island located east of the Corniche is turning into a top spot for luxury leisure and cultural travelers. Saadiyat Island will soon include world-class entertainment centers, museums, and upscale residences. Once the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museums are completed, Saadiyat Island will be a highly sought after destination! Saadiyat Island can be enjoyed now with facilities such as luxury resorts, golf courses, restaurants, and gorgeous beaches.
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi Outside the city of Abu Dhabi, the emirate has a lot to offer with stunning sand dunes, oases, and unique islands. Al Ain Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is fed by natural springs originating in the rocky heights that surround it. Set among lush oases and towering palm plantations, Al Ain is the county’s heritage heartland and one of the World’s oldest continually inhabited settlements. Resting under the shadows of Jabel Hafeet, the Emirate’s tallest peak, this tranquil oasis brings to life Abu Dhabi’s depth and culture. The Empty Quarter The largest sand desert in the World, the Empty Quarter offers a glimpse into traditional Bedouin desert life. With some of the prettiest and highest sand dunes in the World, the Empty Quarter offers activities such as dune bashing, falconry, desert walks, camel trekking, horseback riding, and impressive desert views. Sir Bani Yas Island Located a couple hours drive or short flight from the city, Sir Bani Yas Island is a former royal retreat and is now an Arabian wildlife sanctuary with over 10,000 animals freely roaming over half the island. The other half of the island is home to beautiful mangroves, beaches, archeological sites, and a luxurious resort.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Saadiyat Island Yas Island Ferrari World Yas Links St. Regis Abu Dhabi 8
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Mangrove Natural Reserve Eastern Mangroves Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi Hyatt Capital Gate
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi International Airport Masdar City
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri
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Dubai City of Abu Dhabi Desert Islands
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3 Night Itinerary
4 Day/3 Night Itinerary • Stay at Emirates Palace, Yas Viceroy, or St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. • Private Abu Dhabi tour with visits to The Grand Mosque and Ferrari World. • Private Al Ain tour. Day 1: Upon arrival in the afternoon you are transferred to your hotel by private car. Day 2: Private city tour of Abu Dhabi. Begin with a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for a visit to the largest and most impressive mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Next, explore local souks and enjoy lunch along the famous Corniche. After lunch, have a behind the scenes tour of the developments of Saadiyat Island which will soon be one of the most sought after cultural areas. Next, visit Ferrari World, the World’s largest indoor theme park. For adventure seekers, you can skip Ferrari World and alternatively drive a modified Formula 1 race car around the Yas Marina F1 track. Day 3: Private Al Ain Tour. Al Ain was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman. Meaning ‘The Spring’ in Arabic, Al Ain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An hour drive from Abu Dhabi, visit the Hili Archaeological Gardens, which traces back to the Bronze Age and has relics of ancient tombs. Tour a traditional souk and explore a magnificent palace museum. Lastly, have a drink in the Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel which leans more than any other building in the World! Day 4: Private transfer to the airport for your international flight.
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5 and 8 Night Itineraries 6 Day/5 Night Itinerary â€˘ Add on a luxurious and unique desert experience by staying 2 nights at Qasr Al Sarab. Day 4: Instead of heading to the airport, transfer by car to Qasr Al Sarab located in the beautiful Empty Quarter, which is the largest sand desert in the World. Enjoy a sunset camel trek. Day 5: A full day of desert activities is in store for today. Dune bashing in a 4x4 vehicle over the sand dunes is exhilarating. A desert safari introduces you to all the desert has to offer. Lastly, learn about the ancient art of falconry. Day 6: Transfer to the airport for your international flight.
9 Day/8 Night Itinerary â€˘ Add on 3 nights at Desert Islands Resort, a private island nature reserve. Day 6: Instead of taking an international flight, hop on a short domestic flight to Desert Islands Resort located on Sir Bani Yas Island. The stunning island was once a royal retreat and nature reserve of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Day 7: Spend the morning with a guide on a nature and wildlife drive. See animals such as the rare Arabian Oryx, Gazelle, Cheetah, Flamingo, Ostrich, Giraffe, and more! Spend the afternoon on a mountain bike taking in the unique scenery. Day 8: Kayak through the mangroves on the Eastern side of the island for gorgeous views. In the afternoon, snorkeling with a guide in beautiful waters is not to be missed! Day 9: A leisurely transfer back to Abu Dhabi by private car shows off the remaining beauty of the region.
Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri
Emirates Palace Built as if to house a Royal family, Emirates Palace allows visitors to feel the promise of a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor. Located in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, 25 minutes from the Abu Dhabi airport, the Palace sits on approximately 250 acres of splendor, including a mile of beautiful sandy coastline. The Palace boasts magnificent rooms and suites, each a masterful blend of Arabian regal splendor and the latest cutting-edge technology. Guests are given command of all room & suite appliances including lights, air conditioning & in room entertainment systems via a touch screen hand held control. Decoration throughout includes acres of gold leaf, the finest marble from 13 different countries, as well as a sensational collection of 1,002 chandeliers made with Swarovskiâ€™s premier Strauss crystals.
Nearly $3 billion was spent constructing Emirates Palace and it shows with 114 spectacular domes - especially the main dome which is over 235 ft. above ground. The resort also offers a wide range of chic and intimate dining options, an amazing spa, an on-site bank, premium shopping boutiques, two beautiful main pool areas â€“ one for lounging in secluded relaxation and one for family fun and adventure â€“ as well as the sublime private beach.
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is an exclusive resort that boasts lavish yet intimate spaces with superior rooms and suites overlooking either Saadiyat's pristine beach or the impressive Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the golfing legend, Gary Player. Saadiyat Island is a beautiful natural island just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 7 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and is destined to become the address of choice for discerning, well-traveled connoisseurs. The hotel's air of mystique is created by thoughtful Mediterranean architecture and a contemporary interior design, which is further enhanced by an intelligent use of natural products and elements. This calming ambience flows from the food and beverage outlets that provide sumptuous meals and refreshing drinks, to some of the largest special function facilities in the region. Dining venues range from fine dining to more informal beachfront options, where a passion for flavor and exquisite presentation await guests. Iridium Spa The regionâ€™s first Iridium Spa is perfect for relaxation and indulgence. One of the most exclusive spas in Abu Dhabi, the serene atmosphere coupled with internationally-acclaimed treatments is ideal for a total mind, body and spirit rejuvenation experience.
Luxury Beach and Golf Resort
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel is an exclusive sanctuary for the discerning business and leisure traveler, located on an extensive stretch of environmentally protected beach on Saadiyat Island. The resort is adjacent to the famous Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, minutes from the city’s prime business district, the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Park Hyatt’s spacious rooms, suites and private villas are generously sized and offer exceptional views of Saadiyat Beach, the golf club or the hotel gardens; each features a separate balcony or terrace. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas presents a wide selection of authentic cuisines from different parts of the world complemented by unrestricted views of Saadiyat Beach and the beautifully landscaped hotel gardens. The luxurious Atarmia Spa, spread over two levels, offers exclusive privacy for both ladies and gentlemen. The day spa features an extensive range of unique health and beauty treatments based on ingredients steeped in Arabia’s aromatic and opulent history, as well as an exclusive swimming-pool and relaxation area. Saadiyat Island Located a quarter mile off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is poised to become an international, beachfront tourism destination that offers miles of natural beaches and an eco-friendly environment.
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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is the first Jumeirah hotel to open in the progressive, sophisticated, international city of Abu Dhabi. Jumeirah at Etihad Towersâ€™ dramatic sculptural form and spectacular innovation add a great luxury experience to Abu Dhabi. With a beachside setting, the Etihad Towers development is made up of 5 towers: 3 residential towers, 1 office tower, and the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel. This landmark hotel comprises of 382 rooms and suites, 199 serviced residences, exceptional leisure activities, unique venues for social events, and outstanding conference and meeting facilities. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers allows unparalleled views for the lavish rooms and suites. The rooms and suites are designed with cutting edge features and refined dĂŠcor that offer sophistication and contentment. Guests staying in the Club Rooms and all Suites have access to the Club Executive Lounge, which offers guests the highest standards in executive privileges.
The hotel features a wide selection of signature and casual dining in addition to two eclectic bars. A landscaped oasis of pools and gardens complement the private beach. Guests can also indulge in Talise Spa, a Health club featuring world class recreational facilities, state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment at Six P Gym and an observation deck on level 74 of Etihad Tower 2.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
An architectural triumph acting as a centerpiece of Yas Island, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hovers over land and water and spans the Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit. Underneath the hotel's sparkling canopy, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi presents guests with a new perspective for a resort, perched between city sophistication and jet-setting island glamour, and completed by Viceroy's distinctive service. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi provides the utmost in choice and diversity, from stylishly appointed rooms and suites to a menu of signature treatments at the spacious resort spa by ESPA. Twelve dining and lounge venues showcase cuisine from all corners of the globe, including lavish Mediterranean choices, house-made Italian pasta, Southeast Asian specialties, poolside bites and Japanese Teppan, created from the freshest ingredients daily. Located on Yas Island, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is adjacent to attractions such as the Ferrari Theme Park, the Yas Links golf course, the Yas Marina, and the Yas Marina Circuit. This gives Yas Viceroy one of the most convenient locations in Abu Dhabi. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, the first Viceroy Hotel and Resort property in the Middle East, has distinguished itself as one of the premier Abu Dhabi hotels and a landmark in Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina.
Refined Elegance In A Modern Oasis
Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi
Rocco Forte Hotel is built from curved glass and its wavy structure - with not a single straight line in sight - is an architectural masterpiece. Up close, the blue and green glass panels create a breathtaking mosaic effect, mirroring the colors of the Arabian Gulf. Conveniently situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Rocco Forte Hotel is within easy reach of all the sites of the city. Step inside and the interior is unlike any other hotel in Abu Dhabi. Olga Polizzi, who oversees the design of all Rocco Forte Hotels properties, has blended European and Middle Eastern styles to create a look that is sophisticated and modern, yet sumptuous in detail. The Rocco Forte Hotel brings European sophistication to the city and is focused on offering guests the very best service. Bespoke works by local artists adorn the walls; richly patterned fabrics give each of the bedrooms a stylish authenticity; the finest materials sourced from all over the world are used throughout. The restaurants and bars at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi are destinations in themselves. Blue, on the 6th floor of the hotelâ€™s 11-story, all-glass atrium, is a cocktail bar that appears, from the outside, to be suspended mid-air. The talented culinary team has overseen the menus at Oceana Grill and Oro - the hotelâ€™s authentic Italian restaurant - to ensure a first-class dining experience.
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World Record 18° Lean
Hyatt Capital Gate Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is located in the iconic Capital Gate building, which leans a World record-breaking 18 degrees. The hotel is also a part of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), the largest conference and exhibition venue in the Middle East. Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi features 189 luxury five-star guestrooms and suites occupying the18th to 33rd floors of the Capital Gate building. It has a contemporary and luxurious design with panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel invites guests to experience several dining options from the variety in Profiterole to delicate Eastern Mediterranean flavors at the hotel’s signature restaurant, 18°. For something more intimate, there is the residential-style Lounge or the sleek bar Privé. Rayana Spa, Abu Dhabi’s only “sky spa”, is perched on the 19th floor overlooking the city. The Spa offers a refreshingly elevated oasis experience that complements the Fitness Center, suspended outdoor pool and whirlpool.
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is strategically located within walking distance of the UAE capital’s embassy and government district. It is less than ten minutes’ drive from the UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters (GHQ) and the twofour54 media zone. The international airport is a 15-minute ride away.
Saadiyat Island Beach
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi is situated within the Qaryat Al Beri complex that also includes fully furnished Shangri-La Residences and luxurious private villas. ShangriLa offers an impressive variety of services and facilities and exemplifies luxurious hospitality in what is truly a destination within a destination. Located on a stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes' drive from the international airport and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city center. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri features 214 luxurious rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style. Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing an ideal setting for viewing striking ocean sunsets and the Grand Mosque. The 21 acre hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services for the discerning traveler. These include the signature CHI - The Spa at Shangri-La and a dedicated wellbeing zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room. In addition, there are four swimming pools within the grounds. The Souk â€“ a traditional Arabian market - built in a modern setting offers a variety of shops under one roof which are connected by a waterway featuring Arabic gondolas, or abras, which slowly meander through the unique architecture and lush garden scenery.
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A Royal Retreat Amid Rugged Island Beauty
Desert Islands Resort Fall under the spell of centuries of evocative Middle Eastern legend. Take in panoramic views across turquoise waters and dive into unspoiled tropical reefs. Explore the diverse wildlife inhabiting one of the world's most unique offshore wildlife sanctuaries. Revel in the history of a once-royal retreat. Set on the verdant island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, housing the once-private Royal Nature Reserve of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers travelers an unforgettable island escape in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf. Long known as a unique sanctuary of natural beauty, the island of Sir Bani Yas is unlike any other destination in the Arabian Gulf. Indigenous Arabian wildlife, from the Arabian National Park, roam next to turquoise waters, the result of a successful breeding program undertaken by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Traces of seafaring folklore from bygone days of sultans and explorers surround the island in exotic mystery. Stone Age ruins dot the island's rugged landscape, footprints of previously undiscovered civilizations.
With 64 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, spacious onebedroom villas and truly luxurious two-bedroom Royal Villas, Desert Islands Resort & Spa is a destination that is anything but ordinary.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort
Located in legendary Liwa Desert in the Empty Quarter â€“ the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world â€“ Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara embraces the epic adventures of indigenous desert culture with renowned luxury. Unwind in the unsurpassed comfort of 206 beautifully detailed rooms, spacious suites and palatial-style villas with private pools. By fusing Bedouin culture with modern and refined luxury, each space and feature is designed to connect you with the desert, its great beauty and timeless magnificence. With Thai massage, aromatherapy and lavish body scrubs, the exceptional Anantara Spa offers a wide selection of massages and rejuvenating body treatments designed to leave you relaxed and centered. Special facilities include a Vichy shower, a Moroccan Hammam with double-heated marble beds, Jacuzzis and steam rooms.
Guided excursions have been developed to offer you a true taste of desert adventure. Gain a personal perspective of what nomadic life might have been like amongst the Bedouin, as they journeyed by camel from oasis to oasis. Explore the fauna of the area in exhilarating fashion by motoring up and down sand dunes in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Or set off on foot to experience the beauty of the desert with nature as your soundtrack.
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Majestically set on the waterfront, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is a natural haven on the cusp of urban life. Forming part of an integrated hotel, marina, retail and residential destination, its unique location offers guests an exceptional Abu Dhabi experience. The exotic beauty of the regionâ€™s precious mangroves provides the perfect backdrop for the rich cultural traditions embodied in the hotelâ€™s impressive architecture. Discover luxury accommodation definitive of urban Emirati life, yet filled with natural charm. Wander through the majestic halls and corridors, a breathtaking showcase of Arabian design, with grand central passageways and arched ceilings. Eastern Mangroves is an inviting sanctuary blissfully sheltered from the hustle and bustle of central Abu Dhabi. Choose from over 200 rooms, all decorated in a comfortable yet chic style and boasting lavish cultural touches. Enjoy the freshest and finest cuisine at Paychaylen or relax for a drink at Impressions, complemented by views across the mangroves. Rejuvenate your senses at the incomparable Anantara Spa. Energize at the state-of-the-art gym and then relax poolside under the shade of a gazebo. For business or leisure, Eastern Mangroves provides a backdrop ripe with serenity and elegance.
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Personalized Service On The Corniche
St. Regis Abu Dhabi With an address in the Nation Towers on The Corniche in downtown, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi provides easy access to a variety of attractions, restaurants, and sites. Among St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s most compelling amenities are exclusive restaurants and a health club with an outdoor swimming pool. Exquisitely styled and lavishly appointed, the rooms and suites define refined luxury. Timeless elegance and personalized hospitality fill these spacious rooms and suites. St. Regis Abu Dhabi comprises 228 distinctive guest rooms and 55 grand suites, including one on the connecting bridge with captivating Arabian Sea views. Every experience is enhanced with the bespoke St. Regis Butler Service, available any time, day or night. Dining at the hotel is an equally satisfying experience. Sumptuous cuisine and timeless traditions create opportunities for delightful memories. Rhodes 44 by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Gary Rhodes offers signature contemporary cuisine with Arabic influences.
Remède Spa Exclusive to St. Regis, Remède Spa is committed to creating an exceptional experience for each guest. From champagne and truffles, to luxurious throws and customized treatments, the goal is to surpass all expectations.
Yas Marina F1 Race Track
Yas Island Activities Yas Island offers some of the most exciting attractions in the United Arab Emirates. Home to facilities such as Ferrari World, the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Links, and Yas Marina; Yas island has quickly become a sought after location for sports and leisure. Ferrari World Ferrari’s first theme park and the largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World offers a wide range of attractions. Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa is the World’s fastest roller coaster and travels up to 150 miles per hour. Yas Marina Circuit Yas Marina Circuit is the famous Formula 1 race track. Visiting during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a thrilling experience. When the grand prix is not in session, rent a modified Formula 1 car or an Aston Martin for your own high speed driving experience around the track! Yas Links Voted one of the top 10 new golf courses and one of Golf World’s Top 100 courses, Yas Links is the regions first true Links course. The par 72 18-hole championship golf course designed by Kyle Phillips, is situated along the water of Yas Island.
Yas Marina The panoramic views of the Abu Dhabi skyline are best seen from one of the numerous yachts available for hire in the marina.
Abu Dhabi City Sites
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is probably the most impressive religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of the UAE. Every first time visit to Abu Dhabi should include a tour of the Grand Mosque. Visiting the Heritage Village might be your best bet to get a first-hand look at how the emirateâ€™s ancestors lived prior to the discovery of the modern irrigation system and before oil wealth transformed Abu Dhabi into a Manhattan-like skyline. The Madinat Zayed Gold Souk houses a staggering amount of gold in all sorts of styles. The Carpet Souk offers an exquisite array of designs and colors of top carpets from around the World. The Corniche is a lengthy stretch of beach extending along Corniche Road. The beach has swimming areas, refreshment outlets, scenic gardens, walking pathways, beach volleyball courts, a wakeboarding area, and childrenâ€™s play areas. Numerous restaurants and luxury hotels line the Corniche creating a fun atmosphere in Abu Dhabi.
Excursions from Abu Dhabi Al Ain Set among lush oases and towering palm plantations, Al Ain the Oasis City - is the emirateâ€™s heritage heartland. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Al Ain is home to the Hili Archaeological Gardens â€“ a site which bears traces of settlements dating back to the Bronze Age, and other relics of extremely ancient tombs. Pottery and stonework of historical significance found at the site can now been seen in the Al Ain Museum. The Empty Quarter The Empty Quarter is the biggest sand desert in the world. With sand dunes up to almost 1,000 feet with beautiful orange/ red sand, the area provides a picturesque and unique way to experience the desert. Spend an afternoon or evening in the desert, sand skiing, camel trekking, dune bashing, or learning about the ancient art of falconry. Camel Racing Camel racing is a popular sport in the United Arab Emirates and it is best viewed in Abu Dhabi. Typically on weekend mornings and in the cooler months, camel racing reflects the unique culture of Abu Dhabi. The atmosphere at the racetrack is electric and can be one of the most memorable visits to the city.
Balloon Ride into the Desert Join a hot air balloon excursion into the heart of the desert. Enjoy a magical ride over giant red sand dunes, emerald green oases, gazelles and wandering camels.
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