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The capital of the UAE offers many tourist attractions and opportunities. Often described as one of the most modern and affluent cities in the world, Abu Dhabi is surrounded by high rises, hotels, casinos and resorts. Culture and heritage are considered vital to the city’s planning and development, so a careful mix of the old and the new has been moulded. Abu Dhabi is a multifaceted tourist haven, highly sought after for adventure activities, cultural exploration, water sports and beaches. A 14 hour flight direct from Sydney, you may feel a long way from home, and overwhelmed with the abundance of activities on offer.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
Take advantage of the inviting and expansive Abu Dhabi waterfront. This outdoor area is perfect for walking, jogging, or sitting outside watching a live performance. Over 8km of waterfront allows you to explore in comfort and style. Visit Corniche Beach and relax under a beach umbrella, or delve into the safe, clean waters for a swim. You can even ride a bike to explore on the move.
Experience a taste of history, luxury and breathtaking Abu Dhabi architecture in this iconic hotel. The exterior of the building alone is in itself a magnificent site, while those lucky enough to stay here will experience divine Abu Dhabi hospitality. Emirates Palace is the second-most expensive hotel ever built and it’s not hard to see why. A 1.3km private beach (with imported sand), and lush gardens surround the property. At night, the vision is spectacular with the dome emitting colourful, changing colours to light the night sky.
Unleash your motorcar driving potential on Yas Island at Ferrari World, the largest indoor amusement park in the world! Over 20 rides and attractions celebrate the Ferrari brand and experience. Ride the world’s fastest roller coaster or step it up a notch with the stomach-dropping ‘G-Force’ ride which drops 62 metres from the air. For devoted Ferrari fans, there’s plenty of memorabilia to purchase as souvenirs.
Translating to ‘marketplace’ in Arabic, souks are traditional places where spices, silks, perfumes and other goods have been sold and bargained for for years. While there are many souks to explore, the Souk Central Market is right in the heart of Abu Dhabi, just a couple of blocks from the Corniche. Browse local and traditional products like jewellery, carpets, antiques and fashion. Best of all, sample traditional Arabic delights.