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Unassuming United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi has always been the New York to Dubai's glam LA, the more serious, intellectual, cultural sibling to its glitzy sister city. With a rich culture based on oral storytelling and traditional song and dance, fascinating traditions such as falconry rooted in its Bedouin heritage, and an everyday life rooted in Islam, Abu Dhabi is a destination that takes time to reveal itself. The city doesn't boast a long list of tangible sights just a compelling handful, including the beloved Al Hosn Palace, President Sheikh Zayed's ancestral home; the vibrant Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, with nightly music, ...

Unassuming United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi has always been the New York to Dubai's glam LA, the more serious, intellectual, cultural sibling to its glitzy sister city. With a rich culture based on oral storytelling and traditional song and dance, fascinating traditions such as falconry rooted in its Bedouin heritage, and an everyday life rooted in Islam, Abu Dhabi is a destination that takes time to reveal itself. The city doesn't boast a long list of tangible sights just a compelling handful, including the beloved Al Hosn Palace, President Sheikh Zayed's ancestral home; the vibrant Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, with nightly music, theater and poetry performances, and regular art and photography exhibitions; and the charming Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, with a small but interesting museum. Soon to become both a major sporting destination, with a Formula One race coming to town, and a global cultural capital, with new Guggenheim and Louvre museums currently under construction, Abu Dhabi may have one foot firmly placed in its humble past, but the other is striding into the future. In the meantime, visit to enjoy this Arabian capital's endless sunshine, pristine beaches and azure waters.

Lara Dunston
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Lara Dunston and Terry Carter have traveled to over 60 countries and written more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Rough Guides, Footprint, and others on destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Africa, Middle East, Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates.
  • Language: Arabic
  • Currency: UAE Dirham
  • Research: Abu Dhabi | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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