Why should Abu Dhabi be your next travel destination? As the capital of United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is a bustling city with a beautiful waterfront location. It is home to the popular tourist attraction, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. With its luxury hotels, like Emirates Palace and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi is the perfect hub for those wanting to explore the desert landscapes of close-by Liwa Oasis and Al Ain.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is just that, grand. Adorned in Macedonian marble, mosaic tiling, and intricate carvings, it is also the largest mosque in United Arab Emirates, holding 40,000 worshipers. Non-Muslim visitors are welcome as well and guided tours are available free of charge.
Al-Hosn Palace is also worth a visit. As the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, built in 1793, the palace served as the primary residence for the ruling family. The palace has since been renovated and houses the Centre for Documentation and Research, which holds important documents concerning the history of the United Arab Emirates. The palace also has a museum that displays historical photographs and artifacts.
Liwa Oasis of one of the largest sand dunes in the world. Adventures wanting to ride dune buggies, go sand surfing, or sightsee upon a camel should make Liwa Oasis a stop on their list. Al Ain has plenty to offer as well, such as panoramic views from the summit of Jebel Hafeet (Hafeet Mountain) or taking in one of Al Ain’s many gardens.
Abu Dhabi is also a short drive to the Emirates Park Zoo. Yas Island and Heritage Village offer sun-seekers stretches of beautiful beaches. The city skyline can be seen from the observation deck at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. There is a fee for people who are not guests of the hotel, however the ticket fee can be applied towards food and drinks at the observation deck’s restaurant. With an option for everyone Abu Dhabi should be on everyone’s travel list.