Abu Dhabi is the epitome of a modern Gulf petropolis – futuristic, fabulously wealthy and decidedly unhurried. The emirate’s rapid transformation from remote fishing village into modern day city-state within the last four decades is perhaps the most dramatic of all oil-driven transformations to have occurred in the region.
Although locals have long prided themselves on the city’s more sedate and traditional lifestyle and are happy to live in the shadow of their upstart neighbour Dubai, things are changing. Recent years have seen the city increasingly competing for local bragging rights. With a slew of landmark new megaprojects rapidly taking shape across the city and a skyline now almost as upwardly mobile as Dubai’s, the UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn’t afraid to challenge world records. Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still, not even her desert sands.
Ideally located to break long haul travel, Abu Dhabi presents the best opportunity to international travellers to sample Arabian culture and leisure activities all year round, whilst enjoying the comfort and opulence of world class hospitality. Being an island city makes it compact and accessible, with year round sunshine the dry, warm conditions make visiting the Emirate a pleasure, be it for sun, sand, adventure activities, sports, world-class cuisine, shopping, nightlife, culture or heritage.