Abu Dhabi and its amazing offerings
By Carlton Leisure -
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, may not be as flamboyant as Dubai but it is a tourists and business hub in its own right and business and leisure travellers from around the world are recognising its tourism potentials. The city is richer compared to Dubai and unlike its flashy peer, Abu Dhabi development model has an emphasis on careful growth while keeping city’s heritage intact. And the result is a destination with a fine mix of old and new, tradition and modernity and conventional and innovative. This fine amalgamation of contrasts has worked wonders and travellers are coming in hordes to explore various city draw cards. For such kind of travellers we suggest to city attractions.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
The Corniche, along Abu Dhabi's waterfront is characterised by elegant walkways popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Lined with verdant green space it has emerged as a place for families picnicking. There are several restaurants and cafes where you can savour on international foods, Arabic specialties and Turkish delights. The green space and outdoor spaces make ideal spots for sitting and enjoying a concert or spend quality time with near and dear ones.
Abu Dhabi Heritage Village and Women's Handicraft Centre
Want to have an insight into the village life of the region then visiting the Heritage Village, near the giant flagpole on the breakwater is also a tourist destination of repute. The ambience recreates a Bedouin village, complete with goat-hair tents, a souk and a simple mosque representing Abu Dhabi's former life. The Women's Handicraft Centre that showcasing women weaving traditional baskets, making textiles, doing embroidery and applying the traditional henna.
Al Hosn Palace and Emirates Palace Hotel
Two impressive structures in Abu Dhabi charm travellers to the city. The Al Hosn Palace which is city’s oldest building dating back to 1761, was the home to the ruling family until the mid-1990s. The Emirates Palace Hotel features Swarovski crystal chandeliers showcasing Abu Dhabi's opulence. The hotel is proud host to famous music stars.
Saadiyat and Lulu Islands
Lulu Island, a man-made island is one of the must visit attractions in the city and can be accessed by ferry boats. On arrival, the visitors can swim, ride camels, take a train around the island or just take a view of the city. Also called the "island of happiness" by local residents the island has a performing arts complex that can also be explored.
Souks for Gold and Carpets
Whether or not you are a shopper, you should visit an Arab souk like the Madinat Zayed Gold Souk famous for gold and jewellery. Visiting the souk would give you an insight into the day to day life of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest in the world is known for its magnificent architecture. The mosque showcases a classic architectural style and beautifully done with Italian marble, semiprecious stones, crystals and fine ceramics.