One of the richest cities on earth, Abu Dhabi takes pride in offering all the very best of Arabia: gleaming white-domed mosques, magical minarets, romantic deserts - plus a wealth of world class culture, art, entertainment, gastronomy and shopping. It’s a thoroughly modern metropolis - with an authentic Middle Eastern heritage. Make the most of it all with Your Pocket Guide to Abu Dhabi…
Art & Architectural Design
Abu Dhabi has become the art capital of the Middle East - thanks to the oil-strike sized sums poured into world class galleries like the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Designed by prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel - and inspired by local medinas - its 23 galleries contain an awesome collection of paintings, sculpture and objects, including 600 works selected from the Louvre.
A world of superlatives
The gleaming capital of the UAE loves to set world records in every field - including one for the world’s most expensive mosque. The spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is is also home to the world’s largest carpet, made by a 1200-strong army of the finest Persian weavers. Marvel at the seven gleaming gold and Swarovski-crystal chandeliers and the luminous white marble dome - the biggest in its kind on the planet.
From the cool sophistication of modern mega malls to the chaotic bustle of the souks, Abu Dhabi is a retail therapy utopia. Label lovers head for Al Maryah’s super glitzy Galleria mall with its 100+ top designer stores. And, as evening falls, Abu Dhabi's traditionally redeveloped souqs - like the World Trade Center Souk or Souk Qaryat Al Beri become sultry, bustling beehives – the perfect place to buy a pearl necklace or an aromatic pinch of frankincense.
The vast sweep of romantic desert - with its sculptural dunes and glorious sunsets - is a fabulous playground: enjoy a 4-wheel drive adventure, dine under the stars or go camel racing at dawn.
The meticulously reconstructed Abu Dhabi Heritage Village offers a fascinating look back to the UAE’s pearl diving, pre-oil past. Watch traditional craftsmen at work then cool off in the museum, housed in the old fort. Or wander round the restored Al Bateen Shipyard, the oldest inhabited part of the city.
Prized for their hunting skills, salukis have been Bedouin man's best friend for many centuries. Visitors to the Arabian Saluki Centre get to cuddle a super-cute puppy or two and join the fun at bath time. Look on as the specialists at Abu Dhabi’s Falcon Hospital lovingly treat these magnificent birds - an integral part of traditional Gulf culture. Or pet plenty of comical camels, goats, donkeys, llamas at the stunning Umm Al Emarat Park.
Abu Dhabi’s lovely waterfront Corniche - stretching the entire length of the northwest shore - is famed for its glorious white sandy beaches. After dark, mingle with the UAE's locals and expats in trendy shisha cafes like Hookah Lounge on Marina Breakwater with its spectacular views across the water.
Iconic and stylish, the inspirational new Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche is the perfect base for an unforgettable trip to Abu Dhabi. Everything from the stunning design, to the Yes I Can! service, and world class facilities work perfectly together to make your stay as memorable as possible.