Year-round sunshine, beaches and dunes and a pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every visitor to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Such a setting adds great value to this emirate known around the world for its oil reserves and majestic mosques with towering minarets. These, combined with the distinct Arabic hospitality and world-class infrastructure make Abu Dhabi an excellent destination both for the experienced and novice traveller.
Cultural sites abound in Abu Dhabi, whose name implies “Father of the Gazelle” most likely due to the large number of gazelles and oryx that once flocked the emirate’s arid deserts. These heritage sites provide holiday makers with a glimpse of the city’s storied past - reaching as far back as 5000 BC - and an understanding of its culture, values and aspirations.
Abu Dhabi city bursts with business and leisure facilities ranging from state-of-the-art convention centres, luxurious hotels, spas, designer golf courses, theatres and very soon, some of the world’s most famous museums particularly Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Furthermore the garden city of Al Ain lying near the Oman border is home to one of the famous peaks of the majestic Hajar Mountain and the highest point in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Jebel Hafeet), which rises to about 1,340 metres. A world-class hotel (Grand Mercure) is nestled close to the mountain’s peak offering travellers a relaxing stay and a panoramic view of the emirate.
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