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A Day in the Capital

A Day in the Capital

For a period of a decade or so, Dubai continuously overshadowed its neighboring emirates by attracting the bigger chunk of tourists and visitors from all over the world. Such was the magnetism and charisma, that the majority of people who visit UAE didn't even know the names of other emirates, let alone visiting them. Slowly but surely other emirates are catching up one by one, and not surprisingly Abu Dhabi is the first one to get there. Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates (and you thought it was Dubai... Eh?). With its visionary ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi is rapidly developing a world class infrastructure to promote tourism. In 2010, the famous travel information portal lonely planet compiled a list of top ten cities to travel to, and Abu Dhabi was one of the cities on the list. So what's there that makes Abu Dhabi appear in the list with the likes of Kyoto, Lecce, Charleston, Vancouver or Singapore? Let's take a look.

Exploring the capital of the Arab Emirates is a fulfilling experience since there is so much to see and visit. There are many cultural attractions that relive the city's traditional past. On the other hand, natural islands nearby the main land give a sneak peek into the challenging desert environment. If you are planning a visit then there are a number of tourist attractions which you should definitely see.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, built-in remembrance of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, reflects the splendour and grandeur of UAE's Islamic architectural styles. It marks the first and largest of many such as the world's third largest chandelier and world's largest Persian carpet. The interiors of the mosque shine in the resplendent Swarovski crystals, glorious pools and columns carved with unique calligraphy styles.

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Emirates Palace Hotel

A state-of-the-art hotel, managed by Kempinski, and one of Abu Dhabi's iconic landmarks Emirates Palace truly epitomizes luxury and magnificence. The palace, which is second most expensive hotel ever built, spans over 100 hectares and features 114 domes, 1002 chandeliers and two handmade carpets each weighing a ton. There is a glaze of opulence in every visible part of the hotel as gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior.

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The Corniche

Livening up the city's waterfront area, the Corniche is a jewel in the crown of Abu Dhabi with it neatly laden pavements, cycling paths, separate playing areas for children and a Blue Flag beach. Trimming the city's borders from Hilton hotel until Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, the Corniche salutes traditional values with separate sections for families, singles and public.

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Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island, a beautiful natural island, is being developed as one of the most fascinating entertainment, cultural and residential hubs that could redefine the skyline of UAE in the coming years. A few of the prized attractions on the island include Pritzker prize winner designed – Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat – an interactive museum that will bring to life the story of Saadiyat and explain the vision behind development on the island. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and exclusive Monte Carlo Beach Club add a luxurious touch and lavishness to the island. But the tourism authority have not forgotten the island's original residents – the endangered Hawkbill turtles who nestle on Saadiyat's 9 kilometre beach.

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Heritage Village

The Heritage Village should definitely be on your list of places to visit during your vacation. You can learn more about the local culture and the way of life of the Bedouin. There are also a number of interesting shops at the Heritage Village where you can purchase unique local products.

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Yas Island

Say Yes to Yas Island! If sports fever hovers at high temperatures, your next destination should be Yas Island, a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi. This island annually hosts the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at its latest Yas Marina Circuit, an advanced Formula One circuit that could put the latest technologies to shame. Get to know the circuit and experience the adrenaline rush more closely by booking a room at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, a memorable 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. There are attractions as well that deserve the same treatment such as Ferrari World – the world's first Ferrari theme park, Yas Marina and Yacht Club – a traditional yachting club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi – an award-winning golf course.

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Al Hosn Fort

One of the most popular tourist attractions of Abu Dhabi Al Hosn Fort, also known as the White Fort, is one of the oldest buildings in the entire region. A wide range of activities are organized at the White Fort including festivals and workshops.

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