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Abu Dhabi: Destination Guide

Abu Dhabi is full of activities, weather it is an adventure Safari, luxury shopping malls, Golf, Parks & Beaches, city tours and much more. Abu Dhabi’s location on an island makes it compact and accessible. You will feel free to explore the city on foot, by hire car or by a Taxi. It is easy to find your way around the city, which is not only looks outwards to the blue waters of the gulf, but many of the places of interest the visitors and the main centre of the commercial activity lie within five blocks of the sea. This is also an area where the majority of the luxuries Hotels are located, and given their proximity to the water front, a beautiful sea view is almost guaranteed. The Corniche & Breakwater The recently renovated corniche is the city’s showpiece, with its beach front location, paved walkways and lush greenery. You will find visitors and residents out and about enjoying this beautiful area at any time of the day- strolling, jogging, cycling or rollerblading along the water front, or taking their families to one of the many children’s play areas or grassy parks. At the eastern of the corniche is the newly renovated Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, With a private sandy beach, lushly landscaped gardens and a walking distance of the new developed Cornish park. The Hotel has 11 Restaurants and bars and one night club, with a warm, relaxed atmosphere embraces the distinctiveness of Abu Dhabi’s local culture. Combined with the variety of services offered simply makes Sheraton Abu Dhabi an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers To explore these areas from different perspective, visitors can cruise along the corniche on a traditional wooden dhow or cabin cruiser, enjoying the changing vistas of the skyline, parks and fountains. Cruises generally last for an hour, and can be booked through a tour operator. Heritage attractions Between Khalidiya Street and Airport Road, is the impressive heritage site of QASR AL HOSN, built in 1793 as the official residence of the rulers of Abu Dhabi. Adjacent is culture foundation, a modern complex designed in traditional architectural style, and to the national library, an auditorium, exhibition halls and a cinema. The Foundation is the hub of Abu Dhabi cultural life, staging concerts, plays, lectures and a variety of other events. Traditional arts and crafts, such as weaving and producing hand made souvenirs, are practiced at the women’s craft centre on Al maktoum Street. Vistors may purchase these artifacts at fixed prices. The new heritage village on the breakwater provides a taste of life before the oil era. Its displays offer an insight into Bedouin life, as well as courtyard houses, wind towers and an example of the ancient irrigation system used in the region’s oases, In different workshops craftsmen and women demonstrate traditional skills and museum has displays of garments, coins, Holy Qurans, diving equipment, jewellery, and weaponry from a bygone era. The Centre for documentation and research at the presidential court on airport road contains a collection of old photography tracing Abu Dhabi’s development from 1930s. Other exhibits cover the emirate’s natural history and old weaponry. City Districts Abu Dhabi has many areas of interest to the visitor. Airport Road is lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, and forms the spine of the city. On the west side of the island is Al Bateen with several large parks and the Bateen shipyard which is well worth a visit to view the ancient skill of dhow building. Al Markaziyah is a centrally located business shopping area, while Al Safarat, at the southern end of the island, houses the General Exhibition Centre (GEC) – Purpose built as a venue for major exhibitions. The port district of Al Meena, on the northern tip of the island, features several traditional markets (souks) as well as modern shopping malls. All of these areas can easily be reached by taxi or hire car. Str

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