Abu Dhabi is home to a wide range of traditional Arabic customs and monuments offering an
incomparable blend of the capital's history, tradition and modernity
. Travellers can experience reconstructed traditional Emirati villages, and architectural and historical monuments as well as contemporary exhibitions throughout the city.
Even its name and its origin has a fantastic air around it: meaning 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic, Abu Dhabi is said to have been founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern and cosmopolitan city that we know today.Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat literally means 'the place of enlightenment'. It is a 15,400 sqm visitor centre, designed to bring the vision of the island to life through the Saadiyat Story
. The exhibition is on permanent display and provides visitors with an interactive narrative on the history and cultural vision behind the island. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world
with a capacity for more than 40,000 worshippers. The grand mosque features 80 domes, about 1000 columns, 24 carat gold plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand woven carpet.Emirates Heritage Village
This reconstruction of an authentic oasis village
reflects traditional aspects of the desert way of life as well as workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metalwork and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning.Ferrari World
The first Ferrari World theme park
has just recently opened on Abu Dhabi's Yas island. The Ferrari story offers more than 20 exhilarating rides and attractions
, as well as interactive shopping and dining venues. Attractions include Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240mph, Galleria Ferrari, the world's largest Ferrari Gallery outside Maranello and Speed of Magic, a 4-D adventure through deep green jungles, icy caves and ravines.Desert Safari
Desert safaris are a very popular activity which attracts both locals and tourists alike. You can choose your means of transport through the desert either on a camel or if you are more adventurous opt for a dune driving or wadi bashing
in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Corniche
The Corniche Road offers an eight kilometre stretch of manicured waterfront that includes fantastic picnic spots, children's play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, a wakeboarding park, restaurants and the Corniche Beach.