Abu Dhabi is populated by several islands just off its coast and perhaps the most impressive one of them all is Sir Bani Yas Island. On this island, travellers can choose to stay at its luxurious resort, the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort, and can engage in several exciting activities, ranging from archery to horseback riding. The most popular of them all is the safari through the Arabian Wildlife Park, where thousands of animals run free, dazzling tourists.
One of the most important aspects of travelling is taking souvenirs back home for family and friends. One of the best places in town to shop for souvenirs definitely has to be the Souk Central Market. Mimicking a traditional Arabian Market, with wooden walls and ceiling, this venue has several traditional shops selling everything from fabric to spices. Travellers should definitely stop here for some souvenir shopping before returning home.
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The UAE is best known worldwide for its deserts, with magnificent and endless dunes being present in most of the cities in the country. However, Abu Dhabi has a singular geography when compared to the other Emirates, seeing that the capital, in addition to the desert, also has mangroves. In these mangroves, visitors can rent kayaks and paddle through the beautiful backdrop of water and flora and get the opportunity to experience something unique.
Etihad Towers are best known for being the epic backdrop for Fast and Furious 7. Although visitors cannot race sports cars in between towers, they do have an opportunity to go as high as the 74th floor in one of them, to the Observation Deck at 300. Here, people will get the best possible view of the capital, including some of the above landmarks seen from up high. This spot also offers high tea with delicious snacks and refreshments to accompany the view.
When in Abu Dhabi, a visit would not be complete without checking out the Corniche (or Corniche Road). This eight-kilometre road, which drives by the city’s public beach, is home to several charming restaurants and more. Yet, the main selling point of the Corniche is its gorgeous public beach. Split into family, single and public beaches, Corniche Beach caters to everyone’s needs, while providing both residents and visitors with a place to soak in some vitamin D.
Sometimes, city life in Abu Dhabi can get a bit overwhelming. With traffic and crowds, the capital can be pulsing and non-stop. For those times, a little camping getaway can be necessary. Jebel Hafeet is the highest point in Abu Dhabi, located in Al Ain, which is part of the capital. This is the perfect place to breathe in pure air, enjoy the mountain views and set up a tent, proving that Abu Dhabi’s natural attractions can be just as fascinating as its manmade ones.