The Great Entertainment And Attractions In Abu Dhabi

the abu dhabi coast lineThe affluent city of Abu Dhabi, with its wide boulevards, glistening skyscrapers, lofty apartment buildings, and huge shopping malls, bustling with activity, has become one of the most modern cities in the world. Even so, the city has not lost its absorbing culture, and this, together with the opulent lifestyle of today, Abu Dhabi provides plenty in the line of entertainment and attractions for both locals and tourists alike.

Wealthy tourists from all over the world stay in Abu Dhabi hotels and multi-billion dollar resorts to sample a bit of the 5-star luxury that have become world famous for. Apart from the fantastic accommodation though, tourists flock to Abu Dhabi to also enjoy the many excellent attractions that the city has to offer. Just some of these include:

Dhow Cruising

a man looking to the skyscrapers in abu dhabi while traveling on a dhow — There are a number of major islands surrounding Abu Dhabi, and what better way to see them, than by taking a dhow cruise, the traditional way of sightseeing the beautiful waters of the Gulf. These wooden boats were first used centuries ago, for trading purposes by merchants. The dhow of today though, is very modern, and has all the necessary modern conveniences, such as beautiful rest rooms, and satellite navigation. Dhow cruising is a slow and pleasant way to see the islands, which is why it is so popular with the many tourists who visit the city.

Al Bateen Shipyard

— After your dhow cruise, you just might want to know more about the vessel itself, so head on down to the Al Bateen Shipyard, and watch how, by using traditional methods, the craftsmen build the dhows. These wooden vessels are used mainly for races and trading purposes, and you will find the craftsmen to be extremely friendly, and more that willing to part with information regarding their craft.

Heritage Village

heritage-village — If you want to experience what life was like in the emirates centuries ago, then Heritage Village is the place to go. Situated at the breakwater in the center of the city, this living museum will give you the opportunity to see the Bedouin lifestyle of long ago, as well as the fishing, trading, and agriculture of various other cultures.

Courtyard houses and tents are featured at the site, an irrigation system, and workshops too, where various craftsmen demonstrate their different crafts. As a visitor to the village, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at some of these skills. The village also has a few souvenir stores, where authentic pieces of pottery can be purchased as well as exotic spices.

Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium

a few men infront of the al ain aquarium — If you are a family with children, then this is a great place to spend a day during your visit to Abu Dhabi. Well known for its preservation of exotic wildlife, the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium has become one of the most popular zoos in the world. The zoo is enormous, so it would be a good idea to tour the area by train, where you can explore in absolute comfort, and see what the largest zoo in the Gulf region has to offer. You will very likely also see the Arabian Oryx and gazelles, species which are indigenous to the area.

Al Maqtaa Fort

— This 200 year old fort can be seen as you are nearing the Al Maqtaa Bridge on your way to Abu Dhabi Island. The fort was used as a look-out to spot invading bandits who tried to enter the city. A valuable part of the city’s history, the fort, a major attraction and landmark in Abu Dhabi, has been restored a few times, to preserve its original character and charm. It is important to mention here, that if you do decide to take photos of the fort, to bear in mind that it is a sensitive military zone, and taking photographs is frowned upon.

Sheikh Khalifa Park

— This is without a doubt the best place to go for relaxation, entertainment, and fun — lots of it! The Sheikh Khalifa Park, one of the larger parks in the area and situated in Al Matar, behind the old Abu Dhabi airport, is one of the major landmarks in the city. Designed on the lines of Arabic and Islamic architecture, the park has plenty to offer all tourists.

The scenery is spectacular, from the grand avenue which is beautifully landscaped, to the lakes, the fountains, and the waterfalls. The park provides hours of fun for children, with its ride in the time tunnel, women and children’s garden, a miniature train, as well as the Murjan Splash Park.

Sightseeing is great, but it can be exhausting too, so head back to whichever of the Abu Dhabi hotels you are booked into, to enjoy a well-earned rest, and time to plan your next day’s outings.

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The Luxurious And Fabulous Dubai

birds eye view of dubai marina
Dubai Marina
Dubai, both the city and the emirate of the same name, are fascinating places of active business and cultural life in the 21st century Middle East. Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates. It is the largest emirate in terms of population with over two million residents. It is the second largest emirate in land area. Its main city is located on the northern coastline of the emirate on the Gulf of Persia and is also names Dubai. Dubai (the city) is the hub of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan region.

Dubai’s economy was first built on its location as a transportation hub and through the oil industry but today it has a Western-style business model leading its economy and its revenues are generating from tourism, real estate, aviation and financial services. Considered by many as a ‘gateway between the East and the West’, Dubai is known as a global city and has a distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere and population.

According to 2013 records, only about ten to 15 percent of the emirate’s population is composed of UAE Arab nationals. The rest of the population is composed of expatriates from other countries, with some 85 percent of them being Asian, mainly Indian (51 percent) and Pakistani (16 percent). The largest group of Westerners in the city is approximately 100,000 British expatriates. The official national language is Arabic and English is used as a second language.

the burj khalifa skyscraper
Burj Khalifa
The city has gained an international reputation for its amazing skyscrapers and architectural wonders. Dubai is home to many structurally ambitious developments, such as man-made islands, hotels, high-rise buildings and the largest shopping malls in the region. The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the entire world. The Burj Khalifa (also known as the Khalifa Tower) is the world’s tallest building, topping out at 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) tall. The design follows patterning systems traditionally embodied in Islamic architecture but in 21st century style, with the triple-lobed footprint of the base of the building as an abstract version of a native desert flower. The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is the world’s first seven star hotel build on an artificial island reached by a private curving bridge. The tall white sails on the building mimic the traditional Arab dhow sails seen on Dubai Creek and the Persian Gulf. An underwater hotel project is currently in the planning stages.

The attraction for many Westerners to come to Dubai is for all the shopping available there in the many shopping centers and the world’s largest retail mall. Holidays to Dubai have much to offer individuals, couples and families. Dubai encourages tourism as it is an important part of their economy and maintains the flow of foreign dollars into their coffers. With Dubai’s desert climate, the days are sunny throughout the entire year though hot and humid, especially in the summer months. There are many sites to see in Dubai and shopping is not the only activity Dubai has to offer tourists.

man holding a flyer with the dress code in the dubai mall
Dress Code in the Mall
Dubai is recognized as the most expensive city in the region but there are accommodations available in all budget ranges. It is a Muslim country but Western dress is allowed. Women are expected to dress modestly, however, and “indecent clothing” is not allowed. Tourists are expected to conform as a matter of courtesy to their host emirate. There are many Westerners here and tourists will not feel out of place.

Luxury spas in the desert offer pampered privacy. The Bab Al Shams Desert Resort Spa is an elegant retreat built in and around a desert oasis. The Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve suggests an unusually rich Bedouin encampment. At the shore there are two beach parks with changing facilities, picnic areas and other amenities, the Al Mumzar Beach Park and the Jumeirah Beach Park.

There are other notable features of interest to visitors to Dubai. Some of the Dubaiestâ„¢ highlights for visitors are the Deira Gold Soug, the largest gold bazaar in the world; the Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world; the Wild Wadi, the fastest and highest water slide outside North America; and the world’s longest floating bridge. There is so much to see and do in Dubai that you may need to return again and again.

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