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Abu Dhabi

Country
United Arab Emirates
State
Shaikhdom of Abu Dhabi
City
Abu Dhabi
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Abu Dhabi International Airport, located on the mainland, 32kms southeast of the city, offers flights to and from most major European and Asian aviation hubs such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Frankfurt and Singapore. Flight time from London to Abu Dhabi is 6 hours 50 minutes.

Facilities at the airport include ATMs, a bank, a bureau de change and a post office. There are coffee shops, snack bars and a bar/restaurant in Terminal 1. Terminal 2 has cafs, both landside and airside. A VIP lounge is located airside of Terminal 2. Long-term and short-term secure parking is available near the Departures and Arrivals gates.

Abu Dhabi Municipality operates a bus service running on Route 901. The air-conditioned green and white buses depart from outside the Arrivals area every 30 or 45 minutes. Al Ghazal Transport operates a fixed-rate service to the city centre.

By Bus

The main bus terminal is south of the city centre. Buses departing from here only travel to destinations within Abu Dhabi itself. Next to the main bus terminal is the minibus and long-distance taxi station, where transport to Dubai and sometimes Sharjah and Al-Ain is available.

By Car

Abu Dhabi can be reached by road from the UAEs other emirates as well as from neighbouring Oman and Qatar. Main roads are in relatively good shape and driving is on the right. Driving standards are not very high and fatalism reigns supreme. Be sure to drive defensively, particularly at roundabouts.

Key places to visit
Liwa Oasis, Heritage Village, Women's Craft Center, Lulu Island, Saadiyat Island


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Places to Visit

Liwa Oasis

Liwa Oasis is a settlement in southern Abu Dhabi. It is noted for date farming and one of the largest dunes in the world. Each year is it the site of the Liwa festival featuring camel and offroad racing.
Hobbies & Activities category: Natural area;  Small town or village

 Heritage Village

Heritage Village is an authentic replica of a Bedouin encampment before oil wealth struck the area. Mud-brick houses, a traditional mosque, shopping in a traditional souq, taking a camel ride and watching a demonstration of the sport of falconry are highlights of the village.

Heritage Village is located in the center of Abu Dhabi providing living exhibits of the lifestyle and traditions of the Bedouin and other local cultures. One exhibit recreates farming life in an oasis while another highlights the life of a coastal fisherman, trader or pearl diver. Visitors can sample a typical Bedouin meal and see displays of horsemanship and camel riding.

Women's Craft Center

The Women's Craft Center is a government run handicraft center that provides a good place for visitors to see the skills of the local women on display. Weaving, embroidery, sewing, basketry and other methods of handicrafts are featured in working demonstrations.

These traditional handicrafts, artifacts and souvenirs are for sale and photographs may be taken of the handicraft items but not the artists. The products are high quality and include items such as shawls, woven bags, rugs, cushion covers, coffee pots, trays and baskets.

Lulu Island

This manmade island is located just off the Corniche breakwater. It is being developed as a joint residential and tourism district that will complement the existing Corniche area. Lulu Island has a number of attractive beaches and is scheduled to become a hub of water sport activities.

Saadiyat Island

Conveniently located between Abu Dhabi International Airport and the city, Saadiyat Island is home to a diverse range of bird and marine life, attracted to the island by its delicate mangrove ecosystem. The island is scheduled to be developed in a similar way to Lulu Island, but with more consideration given to preserving the natural environment and promoting ecotourism.

Right Time to Visit

December - February

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