ABU DHABI may not be as flashy as Dubai, but it is without a doubt evolving into a capital of culture. Rich in more ways than one, with a Zaha Hadid Concert Hall and a branch of the Louvre on the way, Abu Dhabi has come a long way from its peaceful, pearl-diving island roots. You must be wondering why did I choose Golden City title for the capital of UAE, thats because in dazzling daylight the sand appears like an endless stretch treasure. In nights, the moon makes the atmosphere cool, and started looking for some warm clothes, when the high mast mercury lights are poured over the city it gives a look of gold decorated buildings and surroundings.
Hailing originally from another island city, Cipriani continues its tradition of warm hospitality and the best of Italian cuisine, including signature dishes from Harry’s Bar in Venice.
Its location on Yas Island promises unparalleled vistas set off by Bellinis that will take you well into the evening.
Drink Jones the Grocer:
Coffee at this deli-come-café is no ordinary affair– each cup of bold, full-bodied brew is an experience in itself. Such is the popularity of the Australian food emporium that it has opened several outlets across the city.
Location: Pearl Plaza Tower, Khalidiyah.
Shop Central Market:
Located on the site of the decades-old souq, Central Market is a mix of high-end fashion, commercial space, meeting places, hotels, serviced apartments and a 21st-century climate-controlled version of the original. The souq is worth a wander: trinkets, baubles, antiques and traditional Arabian perfumes all make unique souvenirs.
Location: Off Al Hamdan Street
Stay Emirates Palace:
Set in 100 hect of landscaped gardens, this is hospitality in Abu Dhabi style. Domes– a total of 114 to be exact– crown the 1 KM (from wing to wing) expanse of cream and rosy gold.
There are 394 rooms and suites, two swimming pools, 1.3km of private beach, a marina and 128 kitchens and pantries that every year use 5 kgs of pure edible gold to decorate desserts.
Location: West Corniche Road
Do Sir Bani Yas Island:
Two-and-a-half hours by car south of Abu Dhabi, the 4,200 hectares of the Arabian Wildlife Park are a world away from the city and shopping malls. The park is home to Gazelles, Giraffes, Deer, Cheetahs and even the endangered Arabian Oryx. Activities include horse riding and water sports, and two Amantara Resorts provide luxurious stay.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque:
The largest mosque in the UAE is testament to its faith and openness to all. Covering 22 hectares, the dazzling white marble structure has 82 domes, 4 minarets, more than 1,000 columns inlaid with semi-precious stones, and space for 40,000 worshippers, all set against a crystal-blue sky and mirrored in surrounding pools of water.
Location: Off AL Khaleej AL Arabi (30th Street)
Experience Ferrari World:
With its penchant for excess, where else would you find the world’s fastest roller coaster? The breath taking (literally) Formula Rossa ride will reach speeds of up to 240 km/h (and 4.8 Gs) before bringing you back down to earth with barely a bump.
Location: Yas Island.
Walk Abu Dhabi Corniche:
An uninterrupted 8 km strip of manicured gardens, cafés and beaches overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this hot spot comes alive in the evenings as locals and tourists alike walk, jog or cycle its entire length before refreshing themselves with a cool drink.
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…shabab Khan Blogs