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Introduction

Abu DhabiBreath-taking Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE and a towering tribute to the spectacular growth and promise of the Gulf. This cosmopolitan city, with its bold urban architecture and lush gardens, is the seat of government for the Emirates.

First settled in 1761 by tribesmen who found sweet water there, the name Abu Dhabi literally means 'place of the gazelle'. Yet from humble beginnings, today's gleaming metropolis possesses an air and substance that one would expect from a much larger city.

The United Arab Emirates is a Middle Eastern country that is visited by tourists throughout the year for its lovely scenic beauty and to know about the Islamic culture and history. Among the Popular UAE Destinations, people visit Abu Dhabi, the largest of the 7 emirates of UAE for its cultural and local attractions. Abu Dhabi in UAE is a cosmopolitan city that offers numerous tourist attractions for you to enjoy and explore.

To get the ultimate experience of Sightseeing in UAE, you must Travel to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has numerous tourist destinations that give an insight into the culture of the city of Abu Dhabi.

Al Ain

Al AinGarden City, not just of the Emirates but certainly of the Arabian Peninsula. Al Ain - oasis, retreat, university town, granary - is the chief town of the Emirates' most fertile area and part of a large, historically critical oasis.

Development in Al Ain has been extensive, much of it set in motion when Sheikh Zayed, the president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, governed the region. It's a charming city: building heights are restricted which is why it retains some of the atmosphere of a country town despite the gridiron layout of the streets.

Here is where the ruler's personal directive can be seen at work: making the desert green, and within the city, scores of fountains and acres of green parks emphasise just why Al Ain is the Garden City. Its history as an important Arabian oasis - known as Buraimi earlier and shared by Abu Dhabi and Oman - is evident all around. The Hili park to the north was developed as a setting for the UAE's leading archaeological monument, the Hili tomb. Carved in relief on the slabs of the tomb are scenes that provide an extraordinary window on life here 4,000 years ago. Forts too abound in Al Ain.

These once upon a time guarded the precious palm groves. Traditional mud-brick forts, like Jahili, have been carefully renovated, and several others are as impressive, like those at Murajib and Mazyad. Jebel Hafit is the dominant landmark in Al Ain, a rearing humpback of a mountain.

At its foot is the Ain abu Sukhna, a sweet water spring that has been extensively developed as a resort. Also in Jebel Hafit's shadow is the Al Ain zoo, the largest in the Middle East. Here vast paddocks are home to flourishing herds of Arabian oryx, an endangered species.

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History

Parts of Abu Dhabi were settled as far back as the 3rd millennium BC and its early history fits the nomadic herding and fishing pattern typical of the broader region. Modern Abu Dhabi traces its origins to the rise of an important tribal confederation, the Bani Yas in the late 18th century, who also assumed control of Dubai. In the 19th century the Dubai and Abu Dhabi branches parted ways.

Into the mid-20th century, the economy of Abu Dhabi continued to be sustained mainly by camel herding, production of dates and vegetables at the inland oases of Al Ain and Liwa Oasis, and fishing and pearl diving off the coast of Abu Dhabi city, which was occupied mainly during the summer months. Most dwellings in Abu Dhabi city were, at this time constructed of palm fronds (barasti), with the wealthier families occupying mud huts. The growth of the cultured pearl industry in the first half of the twentieth century created hardship for residents of Abu Dhabi as pearls represented the largest export and main source of cash earnings.

In 1939, Sheikh Shakhbut Bin-Sultan Al Nahyan granted petroleum concessions, and oil was first found in 1958. At first, oil money had a marginal impact. A few lowrise concrete buildings were erected, and the first paved road was completed in 1961, but Sheikh Shakbut, uncertain whether the new oil royalties would last, took a cautious approach, preferring to save the revenue rather than investing it in development. His brother, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, saw that oil wealth had the potential to transform Abu Dhabi. The ruling Al Nahyan family decided that Sheikh Zayed should replace his brother as ruler and carry out his vision of developing the country. On August 6, 1966, with the assistance of the British, Sheikh Zayed became the new ruler.

With the announcement by the UK in 1968 that it would withdraw from the Gulf area by 1971, Sheikh Zayed became the main driving force behind the formation of the United Arab Emirates.

After the Emirates gained independence in 1971, oil wealth continued to flow to the area and traditional mud-brick huts were rapidly replaced with banks, boutiques and modern highrises.

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Statistics

Ruled by: H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (the President of the UAE). How large is it 67,000 sq km. How many live there Just over a million. The most populous emirate with 40 per cent of the UAE's population. Best known for: Being the capital of the UAE, stunning architecture, parks.

What else can you find in Abu Dhabi The lush oasis city of Al Ain, the big dunes of Liwa, fascinating coastline with plentiful marine life. Commercial hotspots: The vast oil-related industrial zones that maintains the UAE's status among the world's largest petroleum exporters, the Sadiyat free trade zone.

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is comprised of three major regions :

1.The Abu Dhabi Region which include the city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of U.A.E. It is the headquarter for the president of the state, the cabinet, and most of the ministries, the Federal institutions, foreign embassies, Broadcast TV, Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi Airport and most of the oil companies, establishments and commercial markets. The Abu Dhabi Cornish, with its public parks and fountains, is a remarkable landscape of the city.

2.The Eastern Region, with its capital Al-Ain City. This region is very fertile, and rich in greenery, with plenty of farms and public parks. This region is also very rich in ground water, with very numerous artesian wells. The most attractive land marks in this region are Ain-Faydah parks, Haffeet Mountain, Hili Fun City, the Zoo, Al-Jahili Fort and Al-Ain Museum.

3.The Western Region, with its capital Beda-Zayed. It has a wide stretch of grown forests to combat the desert climate. The forest grown area is about 100,000 hectare, having about 20 million green trees. Certain On-shore oil fields are located in this region. The biggest oil refinery in the country is located in this region at Al-Ruwais City.

A number of islands are part of the Emirate, the most significant in this chain is Das Island, Mubraz Island , Zirku Island and Arzana Island, which constitute the main Off-shore oil fields. Other islands include Dalma, Al-Sadyaat and Abu El-Abyaadh.

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Getting Around Abu Dhabi

Taxi
There is no easier way to navigate the city than by Abu Dhabi's vast fleet of cheap green-and-white taxis. Vehicles often boast quirky personalised dcor, not to mention F1-style drivers. Hail one on the street and prepare to be transported at speed through Abu Dhabi's gridlocked traffic.

Bus
Although modern, Abu Dhabi's bus system is slow and adheres to no strict schedule. It runs almost 24 hours a day and is the favoured mode of transport with local workers. Fares are cheap.

Car
More than 100 car rental offices crowd into Abu Dhabi, offering every conceivable size and make, with or without a driver. Self-drivers are issued a temporary local driving licence on production of a valid passport, two photographs, and an international driving licence. Patience is a virtue while negotiating the jams of central Abu Dhabi.

Boat
Charter an island-hopping yacht, jump aboard a wooden dhow, catch an abra (water taxi) or sail into the sunset on a champagne cruise, from Port Mina Zayed and the Yacht Club.

Train
A metro system linked with the Dubai Metro is being planned.

Transport Tips
Many of Abu Dhabi's hotels offer free airport transfers, from minibus to limousine. Inexpensive airport buses run from the airport to the bus station on East Road every 20 minutes.

Time Travel
Explore the city's oldest building, the Al Husn Palace, embedded in the metropolis' high-rise urban landscape and built by the ruling Al Nahayan family 200 years ago; witness local craftsmen build wooden dhows; and explore the beautifully recreated Bedouin camps at Abu Dhabi's celebrated Heritage Village.

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Tourist Sites

 

Discover Arabic construction as it was before the advent of the high rise hotel. Examples of traditional architecture at Abu Dhabi's Heritage Village include an authentic replica of a bedouin encampment, mud-brick houses, a traditional mosque and a recreated souk, where you can buy local handicrafts. Camels are on hand for the kids to ride on and there are graceful displays of Emeriti falconry.

 

 

 

Vast sums have been spent on keeping the Corniche beautiful, and it shows. Strolling along this picturesque showpiece is an Abu Dhabi institution and with coastal views, paved walkways and flower-filled gardens there are few better places to idly watch the waves. Explore from east to west on foot or take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow to enjoy the changing vistas of the scenic skyline, parks and fountains. Many of the city's smartest hotels and restaurants can be found along the downtown section.

 

 

Al Raha Beach. Abu Dhabi's most popular public beach is just 20 minutes' drive from the Corniche and a favourite with a mixed crowd of families, couples and volleyballing teens. Safe for swimming, with clean sand, access to Al Raha is free. Arrive early to avoid the crowds, especially on public holidays and at weekends.





 

The Cultural Foundation. Located in the Khalidiya Street, the foundation houses a weekly art exhibition, library, theatre auditorium, and lecture rooms. The centre is considered as the cultural heartbeat of the city.

 

 

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