Abu Dhabi is one of the seven sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates. This sovereign territory doubles as not only a governmental capital, but also as a cultural and entertainment center . Abu Dhabi is similar to several other UAE cities, in that it successfully combines modern infrastructures and traditional local culture. Holidays to Abu Dhabi have become more and more popular, as a result of the ongoing growth and development in the region. While there are tons of things to check out on Abu Dhabi holidays, there are five stops that should not be missed.
1 . The Yas Viceroy Hotel and Yas Island
The Yas Viceroy Hotel is most well-known because a Formula 1 track actually runs through the hotel. If you want a closer look at the track, you can pay to power around it in a 400 horsepower Chevrolet sportscar. It’s also open for walking, cycling and running on Tuesdays. Despite being renowned primarily for utilizing the latest in engineering and architecture to be based in both water and on land, the hotel also offers a long list of posh amenities. The hotel sits at the heart of Yas Island, and is surrounded by the many high-adrenaline experiences on the island. These include one of the world’s biggest waterparks, Waterworld. The neighborhood is also the home of Du Arena, which plays host to several concerts, plays and other big-name acts annually.
2 . The Incerdible Ferrari World
Ferrari World is one of the most unique theme parks in the world, based on the famous Ferrari sports car. Each of the park’s two dozen rides was centered on, and sits on its well-manicured 86,000 square kilometer campus. Even people who aren’t particularly into adrenaline rushes or Italian sports cars can find something exciting at the theme park. Most famously, Ferrari World is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster. The Formula Rossa coaster goes more than 240 kilometers per hour at its speediest.
3. The Desert
When it comes to holidays to Abu Dhabi, it pays to think of more than just what you will see while you are in the city. When else are you going to get a chance to experience a real desert safari, though? It’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up. There are a wide range of vendors in the city who offer this excursion. Not only are they a great daytrip for almost any age group, but these tours are available year-around. These safaris aren’t simply a ride into the desert, either. They offer camel rides and stops at traditional Bedouin camps. You can also try your hand at snowboarding on sand, known as sandboarding.
4 . Sheikh Zayed Mosque
No matter your faith or religious background, you’ll learn a lot during a trip to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The mosque, the largest in the UAE, is capable of holding over 40,000 people at a time. It’s also an architectural wonder. You will enjoy exploring the mosque’s 80 domes and dozens of reflection pools. You’ll also see more than a thousand marble and gem-decorated columns. You’ll also see two “world’s largest” award winners in the mosque: a chandelier and a carpet. Most people tour the mosque on foot.
5 . The Cultural District
Abu Dhabi has recently begun to develop a cultural district to add to its other attractions. This district, found on Saadiyat Island, is still under creation as of 2013. There’s already a great deal to see, though. Bringing well recognized artwork to the region is the developer’s vision. The Saadiyat Island Story is a permanent exhibit that was designed to celebrate the developer’s vision. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open in the district before 2015. They will showcase fine art that is borrowed from their namesakes as well as build their own collections. Don’t overlook a chance to see these museums and the other cultural attractions in the area on your holiday to Abu Dhabi. It’s just a cab ride from the city center.
Holidays to Abu Dhabi are perfect for family vacations, leisure trips with friends or an amorous getaway. There’s actually much, much more to this exciting region than even the top five spots listed here. Expect to stay on the go for at least some of a holiday to Abu Dhabi, because there are a lot of things you will want to see and do. You’d be hard pressed to discover any other destination quite like Abu Dhabi.