Having entered a great competition as the cultural and touristic capital of the country with its neighbor Dubai, Abu Dhabi continues to be the glorious oasis of the desert with the latest investments.
Bedouins who went on hunting in Liwa Oasis in the east of Arabian Peninsula in the 18th century, reached to water following a roe deer. The leader of the influential families of the period Dhiyab Al Nahyan orders to move the bedouin villages to this area. According to limited number of sources, the foundation of Abu Dhabi is narrated as such.
Abu Dhabi is a city currently standing out with luxury hotels, skyscrapers, huge shopping centers and modern museums rather than Bedouin life style.
PEARL OF THE PENINSULA
Sheikh Zayed Mosque which was constructed in 2007 is on the forefront of the places to be seen as the biggest mosque. In the structure demonstrating the marvelous harmony of white with golden and blue, the biggest carpet of the world, the biggest chandelier adorned with 24 carat gold and Swarovski stones are one of the points whose photos have been shot the most.
AMUSEMENT AND SHOPPING CENTER
Corniche region in Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular places of the city. Along with the coast line, park area, restaurants, cafes and bicycle areas; luxury hotels such as Emirates Palace Hotel and shopping centers are among the important places in the city center.
Right across the Corniche Street is located Emirates Heritage Village where you can compare the Bedouin life with the modern life style. The town which was enlivened as a mirror of the life in the period when Abu Dhabi was founded, comes in the forefront of the places to be seen. Accompanying this structure, Al Maqtaa and El Hosn pavilions are indeed among the important points of visit which can give a hint about the histroy of the city and the region. Shopping malls such as Marina, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi Mall and Women’s Craft Center are among the stomping grounds of shopping lovers. Yas Islands where Ferrari World which is one of the most important amusement centers of the Middle East has also gained popularity.
CENTER OF ARTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Another important island in the city is Saadiyat. The island which means the Island of Bliss has become the point of culture and arts of the Arabian Peninsula. Thanks to Guggenheim Museum which was constructed by famous architect Frank Gehry, Louvre Abu Dhabi where you can find Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting of the world with a sales price of 450 million dolar and which is accepted to be painted by Leonardo da Vinci but still on debate and Sheikh Zayed National Museum as well as the Abu Dhabi Arts Center constructed by Zaha Haid, Saadet Island has become the island with the most extraordinary architectural structures.
AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT
A whole new experience is awaiting the visitors in Abu Dhabi outside the city center: Desert Safari. The safaris made with giant jeeps with powerfulengines can be unsettling and yet enables you to shot the photo of an unforgettable sunset at the end of the day. Camps offering means such as live music, oriental performances, meal inside the Bedouin tents, are among the activities to absolutely experience when you go to the Emirates.
ABU DHABI WITH FIGURES
- 3, Number of regions in the Emirates
- 41 thousand, the capacity of prayer in Sheikh Zayed Mosque
- 61 thousand USD, Per capita income in the Emirates
- 1 million 450 thousand, population of Abu Dhabi
- 800 million USD, costs of Louvre and Guggenheim museums