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Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (or UAE), is often thought of as being the same as Dubai. Many tourists seem to think there’s no reason to keep travelling around the Emirates after visiting Dubai as nothing else in the country could surprise them as much.

And even though both of these cities are similar in their glossiness, they are, in fact, quite different. Dubai is a freshly-baked megalopolis that recently grew out of small desert city, whereas Abu Dhabi is an old green city, built and developed in an oasis, located on a T-shaped island in the Persian Gulf, connected to the mainland by the Mussafah and Al-Maqtaa bridges. Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s most modern cities with wide boulevards, avenues, residential houses and shops. This rich city charms visitors with its culture.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Photo taken by Mathias Apitz (Munchen) | Flickr.  Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

However, heat can cause some discomfort to tourists during summer and early autumn, although the weather gets significantly cooler during other times. Roughly 80 percent of the city’s population consists of immigrants. The city is a financial, transport, and communications centre, located in an oil-rich region. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the largest and wealthiest in the entire country.

For these reasons, the city can offer a wide selection of accommodation and outdoor entertainment. Riding on camels, cycling, fishing, golfing, diving, and many other forms of entertainment are all available to tourists. Just like Dubai, Abu Dhabi has an extravagant atmosphere, with an ever-increasing number of skyscrapers and varied entertainment. The city has many night clubs, restaurants, bars, stores and shopping centres. Here you’ll also find a number of excellent golf clubs that offer their services to world-class players. Golf courses are also available to other visitors.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Photo taken by Mathias Apitz (Munchen) | Flickr.  Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Camel safari is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city, and most travel operators offer trips on camels through the city streets. Abu Dhabi has many cycling paths that go through the masterfully-built public parks, gardens and city roads. Those who wish to experience some more authenticity travel to deserts, located deeper in the country.

Fishing is a form of entertainment that’s currently on the rise here. Fishing the local-beloved fish, such as sailfish and kingfish, however, is forbidden. Appropriate spots will be pointed out to you by tour operators and travel guides. Half-day-long fishing trips are also available from many locals. Included in the package is the price of renting a modern fishing boat, fishing equipment, and the services of an instructor.

Abu Dhabi
Photo taken by Iam_chihang | Flickr.  Abu Dhabi

In Abu Dhabi you can also go skating on ice, take part in boat races, go diving, climb hills, and ride mountain bikes. We also recommend you visit the Heritage Village, located near the jetty at the city centre. This cultural heritage village has been designed as a live museum, offering a look at the past. Here you can observe Bedouin traditions and lifestyle, as well as the variety of local traditions.

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