Abu Dhabi Vacations
The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is located on Abu Dhabi Island in the Persian Gulf and the mainland, which is connected by bridges. Abu Dhabi is also the culture capital of the UAE and home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum in the Arab world, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE which features 82 domes, more than a thousand columns and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet.
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The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, is a beachfront haven that captures the essence of Abu Dhabi. Each of the hotel’s rooms is elegantly appointed with modern facilities and Arabian architectural flare.
This city and emirate boasts world-class beaches, shopping and dining. Although known for its modernity and high-rise buildings, Abu Dhabi is also a wonderland for outdoor adventure, whether kayaking around its mangrove forests in Mangrove National Park or exploring some of the largest sand dunes in the world in the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) desert.
What to See
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – This mammoth white-marble mosque is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an architectural icon that blends various styles and whose main prayer hall features one of the largest chandeliers in the world. The mosque welcomes non-Muslims into all areas.
Louvre Abu Dhabi – This unique, universal museum features artwork from around the globe and is the most visited museum in the Arab world. The goal of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is to foster the spirit of openness between cultures.
Qasr Al Watan – The working presidential palace of the UAE is open to the public. More than a palace, Qasr Al Watan is a cultural landmark. Here you will find the House of Knowledge exhibit, Presidential Banqueting Hall, and a public library that contains books, periodicals, and rare manuscripts.
Yas Island – This leisure island is home to Yas Waterworld, an Emirati-themed waterpark with more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, including the region’s longest suspended rollercoaster; Ferrari World, the planet’s first Ferrari-themed park and home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa; and Warner Bros. World, the world’s largest indoor theme park which features characters from the Warner Bros. franchise, including Looney Tunes, DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera and more.