His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan is the hereditary emir and ruler of Abu Dhabi, as well as the current president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
All the embassies are based here. The parliamentary
buildings in which the federal Cabinet meets, most of
the federal ministries and institutions, the foreign
embassies, state broadcasting facilities, and most of
the oil companies are also located in Abu Dhabi. The
emirate is also the home of Zayed University and the
Higher Colleges of Technology.
Abu Dhabi's oil wealth has been wisely utilized to encourage a healthy trade and commerce atmosphere, including those apart from oil industries. State-of-the-art communication services and transport, the presence of all the international luxury hotel chains, rich shopping malls, cultural centers and events have made the emirate a favorite destination for visitor and home to many nationalities. Activities range from shopping in the upmarket shops to haggling in the souk (market), travelling in an air conditioned limousine to riding a camel in the desert, dining in five-star luxury to sampling Bedouin hospitality under the night sky.
|Abu Dhabi Tourism|
Abu Dhabi Tourism is developed by Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company (ADNH). It’s Tourism Division, Sunshine Tours-a Destination Management Company- takes care of all aspects of tourism from promoting the destination Abu Dhabi at international travel industry exhibition to handling all ground services and offering a wide range of excursions such as desert safaris, cultural trips, city tours, shopping trips and water activities. Furthermore Sunshine Tours strongly supports the preservation of culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Part of this philosophy is their brand new Heritage Village in Al Khatem which is one of its kind in the UAE. Abu Dhabi with its luxury hotels, palm-frienged sandy beaches, safe environment, extensive greenery and its surrounding 200 islands has become an ideal destination for conferences and incentive groups.
White Fort - One of the landmarks of Abu Dhabi,
The Al Hosn Palace, commonly known as the White Fort,
dates back over 200 years. Home of the former ruling
family it is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. The Palace
is also home to the Cultural Foundation where many interesting
exhibits of traditional artefacts and photographs are
displayed. The courtyard and tile work over the main
gate are particularly beautiful.
Heritage Village - The village is situated in
the middle of Abu Dhabi and is a living exhibition of
the lifestyle and traditions of Bedouin and other culture's.
Liwa Oasis - About two hours drive from the
city of Abu Dhabi is Liwa, one of the largest oasis
in Arabia and a gateway to Rub Al Khali or Empty Quarter.
The place makes a refreshing change with freshwater
pools and date plantations. It is also home to the Bedu
people, known for their hospitality.
Hafit - Close to Al Ain, is this craggy mountain
rising steeply from the surrounding desert. An area
noted for its flora and fauna (it is one of the last
remaining habitats of the rare Arabian tahr), the mountain
can be accessed by excellent roads which wind its way
right upto the summit, providing a panaromic view of
the Empty Quarter. Also of interest are the numerous
caves, sites of archaeological excavations, and Ain
Al Fayda, a top health resort located over a natural
Al Ain Museum - Location within the confines
of Al Jahili fort, the nation's largest museum is divided
into ethnological and historical sections. Interesting
displays include Bedouin artifacts, archaeological excavations
of 2700 BC, 500 BC stone instruments and relics dug
up from Fossil Valley.
Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium - The 1969 zoo houses
an extremely large and varied collection of wildlife
from all over the world. The zoo is also well know for
its display of Arabia's indigenous wildlife which includes
the spectacular Arabian oryx.
Qattarah Oasis - This small, beautiful sylvan
oasis studded with date palms and fruit orchards and
located on the edge of Al Ain is noted for its archaeological
sites. Some of the ancient relics found here, including
beautiful gold jewellery, have been displayed today
in the Al Ain museum.
The Cultural Foundation - Located in the Khalidiya
Street, the foundation houses a weekly art exhibition,
library, theatre auditorium, and lecture rooms. The
centre is considered as the cultural heartbeat of the
The Corniche - A park-lined coastal boulevard that skirts the city, with a backdrop of modern buildings facing the sea, it is one of the most picturesque sites in Abu Dhabi.
Parks and Gardens - Abu Dhabi has over 20 public gardens, together with hundreds of miles well-laid roads, Abu Dhabi is known as “The Garden City of the Gulf” and has turned the capital into a huge blooming garden, which invites to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
Handicraft Center - Craft Center of the UAE Women Association, where traditional local handicrafts are made such as the famous tali handwork. Workshops and the exhibition can be visited in the morning.
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