The largest of the seven states that constitute the United Arab Emirates takes life a little easier than its neighbour Dubai, although those seeking adrenalin-fuelled adventure will find plenty. Little more than a quaint fishing village fifty years ago, Abu Dhabi is bursting skywards at dizzying speed. Cutting edge architecture stands side by side with magnificent mosques and towering minarets, an intriguing blend of Arabian mystique and modern urbanity. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque dazzles with its domes and reflective pools; the Capital Gate Tower leans at a gravity-defying 18°; the Etihad Towers and UAE Pavilion will have the camera working overtime.
Sweep along the Corniche past superb stretches of beach, the sparkling sea on one side, the dunes and the Hajar Mountains on the other. There are camel races to catch in the oasis-dotted desert and ancient fortresses to discover, with a sunset dhow cruise to end the day’s leisurely explorations. In the famed Empty Quarter of the Liwa Desert, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass is dominated by the Tel Moreeb dunes which reach heights of over 300 metres.
As for the thrill seekers, Abu Dhabi’s jaw-dropping theme parks guarantee unforgettable entertainment – Yas Waterworld boasting 43 rides, slides and attractions including the Middle East’s longest suspended rollercoaster, or visit the world’s first Ferrari theme park where you can go behind the scenes to experience the passion and triumphs behind the Ferrari story. A plethora of watersports includes diving, sailing, jet skiing and fishing with golf always on hand for the aficionados of the fairways.
The United Arab Emirates experience high temperatures throughout the year with minimal rainfall. The best time to visit is between October and March when it is cooler. During the summer months temperatures rise considerably, whilst hotel rates are at their lowest and offers are most attractive.
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