Desert beauty abounds in the modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to the richest oil companies in the world. This vibrant city, home to futuristic buildings and wide tree-lined boulevards, is also popular because of its duty free status, making it a shopping mecca. As a result, people flock here to enjoy the sumptuous hotels, world class transport facilities and fascinating cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi itself.
A holiday here is an adventure of discovery through kilometres of desert dunes and magical oases. It's an Arabian fairytale, with magical Moorish tales and architecture adding to the dream. Unlike Dubai, which is very commercialised, Abu Dhabi is unspoilt in comparison.
The city, which juts into the Persian Gulf, is mostly made up of land that has been reclaimed from the sea. It's long seafront Corniche is lined with beautiful gardens and fountains - a far cry from the dusty plain where nomadic tribesmen settled in the 18th Century. In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that oil was discovered here in the 1950s, Abu Dhabi would still be a little fishing village.
Today the city boasts a popular international airport, as well as a deep water port where cruise ships dock to let passengers off to explore and shop for bargains in the modern malls and bustling traditional souk. Part of the journey is about getting away from it all to the desert where travellers can enjoy a Bedouin feast under the stars and ride a camel through the dunes.
- Abu Dhabi International Airport, OMAA
- Al Bateen Executive Airport, OMAD
- Al Ain International Airport, OMAL
- Dubai International Airport, OMDB
- Al Minhad Air Base, OMDM
- Al Maktoum International Airport, OMDW
- Sharjah International Airport, OMSJ