Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. It is the central capital District.
While Arabic is the primary official language, the high proportion of foreigners is a factor that is recognized by the government, and English has been the second language for many years now.
Currency used in the United Arab Dirham Its value in USD is 1 USD is equivalent to 3.6725 AED.
When you are in the well-ordered, industrious modern city, here are some of the top attractions you should not miss visiting:
- The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is the major tourist attraction that is noticed by all who visit. It was opened in 2007 after nearly 20 years of construction. Able to hold 40,000 worshippers, it is the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. It is dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan. Non-Muslims are allowed into all areas of the mosque (including the vast library), and guided tours are available.
- Louvre Abu Dhabi. It is the first of three planned major museums to open on Saadiyat Island, which is set to become the cultural heartbeat of Abu Dhabi in the coming years. The wealth and diversity of art on display, from ancient Egyptian statuary to famous paintings by Picasso, is mind-blowing, while its contemporary architecture, with its galleries gathered under a vast silver dome, is a reason to visit in itself. It is magnificent and breathtaking.
Ferrari World.A branded theme park that brings the thrill of Formula One racing to and is one of the city's top things to do for thrill-seekers and families alike. Small children can test out newly learned driving skills on the Junior GT track, while adrenaline junkies can buckle up and ride the Flying Aces roller coaster, which clocks up speeds of 120 km/52-meter loop (the tallest in the world).
There's also a collection of Ferrari's cars, with models dating back to 1947, and a Ferrari factory tour and Ferrari knowledge game show for true car nerds.
- Boat tours. For the best views of Abu Dhabi's glittering skyscrapers, you need to head out onto the water. The views of the high-rises are quite spectacular as you drift out from the marina.
- Qasr Al-Hosn. Also know as the Old Fort or the White Fort. It is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and a major historical site. The palace was built in 1973 as the residence of the ruling family and the seat of government. The interior of the Al Hosn Fort has been modernized and is now used as a museum that traces the history and culture of Abu Dhabi, with oral histories and plenty of historical photographs on show.
- Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. It is a working veterinary hospital for ill and injured falcons, but it also provides guided tours of its facilities for interested visitors. The tours allow you to get up close and personal with these birds of prey in the wards, while an on-site museum explains the history of falconry.
- Yas Waterworld. A water park with waterslides and an inner-tube river ride, as well as the world's first hydromagnetic tornado water rafting ride; the world's largest surfable sheet wave; and the Jebel Drop, a free-fall speed water slide. If you're not in for the adrenaline rush there are also restaurants, cafés, and shops. There's also a dedicated water play area for families with children.
- Yas Island. One of Abu Dhabi's top luxury hotel destinations, with stretches of sandy beach that are perfect for spending the day sunbathing.
- Desert Safari. Most trips include stops to visit a camel farm and offer a taste of traditional desert life, as well as heading into the dunes themselves.The Evening Desert Safari is a great option for visitors with only a short time to spare, offering a six-hour tour into the emirate's desert environs. Visitors are taken on a 4x4 tour of the dunescape before settling down for dinner at a desert camp, with traditional tannura and belly dancing entertainment provided. Once at camp, guests can choose from a host of complimentary activities, such as sand-boarding and camel rides
You can never run out of places to visit while in this modernized beautiful city. There's so much to explore and plenty of luxurious hotels to budget accommodation, where you can stay.Some are favorable for sightseeing. You will definitely love and enjoy Abu Dhabi.
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