Abu Dhabi Vacations

With one of the highest per capita GDP in the world, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is so opulent, it sometimes seems as if gold should grow on trees (it is, amazingly, dispensed by at least one ATM). While most visitors to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) head instead to Abu Dhabi's flashier cousin Dubai, those in the know head here, to the country's more ... Read more
relaxed and historical city. On a T-shaped island in the Arab Sea, you'll be sure to find beaches just about everywhere. Many hotels even have private palm-fringed beaches (hint: splurge for a day pass). Abu Dhabi's shopping and nightlife is good enough for Carrie Bradshaw; Sex and the City 2 was based here. If over-the-top attractions are what you'd like, you're in luck. Go on an overnight luxury desert safari or head out to a Formula 1 racetrack or, if you wait a few years, when highlights will be the newest Guggenheim museum or a sister Louvre museum on the nearby Saadiyat Island. To experience local culture, try the Heritage Village, a vision of the Bedouin lifestyle, or dine at a falafel shack or at one of the many restaurants serving Arab cuisine.

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Quezon City, Philippines

The capital of the United Arab Emirates and the second biggest city of UAE in terms of area and population. It is the seat of the government and a center for industry and commerce. It is about two hours drive from Dubai and is fast becoming as culturally diverse. The rise of many modern skyscrapers and other modern facilities including the recently opened branch of the Louvre Museum makes it a second tourist destination next to Dubai.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is impressive and always changing. A fun place to visit if you like to see modern and over the top.

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Ashburn, Virginia

Fantastic city in the Middle East. Combine culture,adventure and oplumance into one destination.

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Keller, Texas

I really love Abu Dhabi for business travel. Really would like to go back. It is very westernized and not like what people would think. It's a wonderful place to visit and I highly recommend making the trip to here and Dubai. You won't be disappointed. The food is even great as well. Lots of ethnic choices to try out.

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Covington, Washington, USA

Abu Dhabi is a must-see destination as it is a favorite to travelers and residents alike. From the stunning sandy beaches to the luxurious hotels with popular night life and so many activities and delicious restaurants in between, there is no one that remains unsatisfied. There are an array of activities for those seeking everything from culture to leisure to those wanting an adventure filled holiday, which leaves no wonder why visitors often wish they could extend their stay.

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Manchester, UK

I see Abu Dhabi as Dubai's more relaxed neighbour. It feels like Dubai did 15 years ago and is a great place to visit for a week of peace.

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Burns, Kansas

Opposite T3 terminal in Abu Dhabi...premier inn..nice and clean hotel with continental bfast and other dining options! Also there is a food court with Uranian, McDonalds, American Deli, etc

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Local from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Galleria on Al Maryah island in Abu Dhabi. Luxury shopping, reataurants, and cafes.

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Klang, Malaysia

Abu Dhabi, The capital of the United Arab Emirates, is one of the world's most modern cities. Rapid development has seen it transformed from mud huts to skyscrapers in little over half a century.

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The Capital of the UAE. Luxury and Heritage all in one place. Beaches are a must. Yas attractions & Parks.

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