Experiences You Mustn't Miss in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an exciting amalgamation of cultural heritage and modern exuberance. Needless to say, you can expect an action-packed calendar of things here and soak up a melange of experiences. Welcome to one of the richest cities in the world and it will be dazzling.
1. Make Love to the Famous Abu Dhabi Skyline
Despite its many offerings, Abu Dhabi still leaves scope for moments of leisure and relaxation. Go out for a walk or rent a bike along the Cornish waterfront. Along the northwest side of Abu Dhabi, Corniche rises spectacularly high-rises on the opposite bank. Alternatively, request a boat ride to see the high waves of the sky overlooking Abu Dhabi. It's going to be love at first sight, we promise.
2. Check Out Modern Structures Sheltering Ancient Traditions
During the 1930s, when oil was first discovered in the land, Abu Dhabi began its journey of transformation from a fishing village to one of the six wealthiest cities in the world. And the makeover shows its architecture, especially in religious places. A perfect harmony of mameluke, Ottoman and Fatimi designs with motifs of a different past from the uber-modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The structure of the mosque, which took almost 20 years to build, is complete with intricate carvings, mosaic floors and amazing glass works, which will surely leave you breathless. The mosque is open to non-Muslims and guided tours are available.
3. Soak in the Spiritual Fervour of Ramadan
Plan your visit to the city during the holy month and participate in its spiritual enthusiasm. Find out the meaning at Suhor and Iftar banquets, and lose yourself in a cultural festival that promises to brighten your spirits. Non-Muslims may face some restrictions during this time, but the dishes you can enjoy during the evening will make up for it adequately. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of how Ramadan gradually transforms the life of Abu Dhabi into a world of completely different kinds of prosperity.
4. Get On The Wild Side
The Abu Dhabi skyline today is full of modern structures — the Capitol Gate, the Beyunah Towers, the Landmark, the ADIA Tower, the Eldar HQ Building and the Etihad Towers. But combating them in an odd place are the wild mangrove forests surrounding the city. Go on a 1.53-hour kayaking trip to East Mangrove Lagoon National Park, a secluded oasis that spans approximately 8 km. Slide quietly into the forest, and be prepared to catch a glimpse of the 50 bird species and 200 fish that live in it.
5. Relive the Essence of Old Arabia
About 150 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi, escape from the glass facets of the city at the Liva Oasis. Known for its cultivation and the largest sand dune in the world, it should top its list of things to do in Abu Dhabi. Go on camel trekking, ride dune buggies, or set out on a sand dune safari. A little further, in Al Dhafra, you can also do sand-boarding. Make your way to the Arabian Nights Village, leaving suddenly behind long sand dunes in a secluded desert, and enter the beautiful courtyard that opens before the two watchtowers — Zakhar and Al Manhal. Sparkle the beauty of the serene deserts and experience the traditional warmth of the hospitality of Emerati. There is really no better way to rejoice in foreign Arab culture.