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What to Know When Visiting Abu Dhabi for the First Time

Destination & Tourism Janeen Christoff November 03, 2016

What to Know When Visiting Abu Dhabi for the First Time

PHOTO: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Photo by David Cogswell) 

Abu Dhabi is a blend of cultures. As the UAE capital it is a conservative cosmopolitan city but it welcomes travelers with luxury accommodations, exotic experiences and a culture steeped in tradition. 

“If culture and adventure are what you wish to experience on your next vacation, travel to Abu Dhabi,” says IHG Hotels on their blog. 

Explore local and cultural attractions such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are a must, says IHG. 

“The sophisticated architecture that uses marble and elements of gold and other precious stones, the gorgeous pools, the prayer hall with the largest carpet in the world and the lighting all put this mosque at the top of our list for must-see Abu Dhabi attractions,” notes the blog. 

The Qasr Al Hosn is Abu Dhabi’s oldest stone building and another must-do. 

“It’s also viewed as the city’s symbolic birthplace, as it was the first permanent structure the emirates built,” says IHG. 

There are more than 200 islands that are part of Abu Dhabi. IHG suggests checking out two of them. 

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“If you feel the need for speed and adventure, Ferrari World is a Ferrari-branded theme park perfect for all ages,” says IHG. 

The attraction is located on Yas Island. 

The Saadiyat Cultural District is on Saadiyat Island. 

“Currently undergoing remarkable transformations, the Saadiyat Cultural District is your one stop for a day spent enjoying the arts and engrossing yourself in the history and culture of the UAE,” says IHG. 

For more information on the basics of travel to Abu Dhabi, such as the best times of the year and local laws, read on here.