The oil rich country of the Middle East that has seen enormous development in a very short span is United Arab Emirates!
Tribes of different origins lived in different parts of the country. Oil reserves were discovered in the year 1958 which completely transformed the looks of this country. Skyscrapers and towers suddenly erupted giving way to curvy roads and flyovers. This country, now developed, attracts people from all corners to visit and take back home fond memories of a lively stay in UAE.
Abu Dhabi is situated on an island with the Persian Gulf bordering the North East region. This part of the Gulf is rich in oysters, were the pearl cultivating site of Abu Dhabi. This city traded pearls with other countries. The 1930s witnessed a decline of pearl trade giving way to the oil boom in the country.
Abu Dhabi is the largest Emirate and the capital of UAE; a seat for the UAE government and is still ruled by the Emirati Royal Family. The rulers here are called Emirs. Abu Dhabi’s speedy development coupled with high income output is the reason behind this State being the more advanced.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is 33.7 Km interior to the city. The maintained expressways, clear streets and the main roads make travelling easy within the city.
The Emirate has a climate of the deserts that is hot and humid. Days in summer are hot with comparatively cooler nights. Months from June till September are extremely hot with occasional sandstorms. Months from November to March are much cooler with January being the coolest month. Showers during the months of January, February and March are accompanied at times by thick fog. Period from November to March is the best time to plan a visit to Abu Dhabi.
UAE comprises of seven Emirates (States), each State offer many undying exotic spectacles and blood curdling activities!
List of some of the ‘must see’ places of Abu Dhabi are given below:
MANARAT AL SAADIYAT
This venue is spread on an area of 15,400 square metres on Saadiyat Island. The aim is to bring to life the art and culture of the island. Three main galleries and an event centre exhibits exotic artefacts and international collections. A restaurant, a sales corner and a theatre are other attractions here.
Visits: 10am to 8pm.
Entry is free.
SAADIYAT ISLAND CULTURAL DISTRICT EXHIBITION
This exhibition exhibits the development layouts for the Cultural District of the Island. The artistic models of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Louvre Abu Dhabi draw crowds. Maritime Museum and art centre also are a part of the exhibition that is held at the Emirates Palace on Saadiyat Island.
Visits: 10am to 10pm.
Entry is free.
HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO AND GALLERY
The gallery is visited for the artistically frames embedded work of art, photographs and prints exhibited by the local artists. Situated on Khalifa Street, you can also enrol for art classes.
For more details contact on: +97126768614.
An Oasis is reconstructed to help you with a peek into the Emirate’s nomadic past. Camps of goat’s hide, camp fire with a minute demonstration of the Falaj Irrigation system are beautifully displayed. Live demonstration of craftsmen proving their skills at pottery, spinning and weaving are artistically done here. The Heritage Village is near Marina Mall.
Visit: Fridays – 3.30pm to 9.00pm.
Other days – 9am to 5pm.
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Web site: www.torath.ae
EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM
You can view an assemblage of cars and vehicles. This private collection belongs to H. H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The cars are fitted with fridge and television for the comfort of the Sheikh. A 5 meter high model of a Dodge car has a lovely crafted apartment under its roof. This auto museum is situated on E 65 Road towards Liwa Oasis.
Visit: 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 6pm.
AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
This museum is divided into two sections the Ethnographic section and Archaeological section.
The Ethnological section illustrates the phases of life starting from birth gradually towards working life and marriage. It also displays women apparels, cosmetics and manuscripts.
The Archaeological section displays findings of the archaeological sites in a systematic order – The Stone Age, the Bronze Age, Hellenistic Era and gradually to the Islamic Age. Antiquities such as ironware, bronze wares, pieces of pottery, broken implements and weapons are displayed in this museum.
The Al Ain National Museum is on the left of Zayed Bin Sultan Street near Murabba Roundabout.
AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM
Qasr Al Ain or the Al Ain Palace is one of the best renovated forts of Abu Dhabi. The rooms still has all the original touch of royalty intact. The furnished family rooms and the administration rooms still mirror the daily life of the fort prior 1966 when H.H. Sheikh Zayed resided here.
AL HILI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
Excavation conducted in 1960s came upon a selltlement and a number of tombs that dates back to third millennium BC. The government has built a Park around this site to exhibit the ancient vintage of Abu Dhabi. The Al Hili Archaeological Park is 12 km from Al Ain National Museum near Dubai Highway.
HILI FUN CITY
This destination in Al Ain has been the favourite entertainment spot since 1985. 28 attractions, play area and an amphitheatre are the features of the Gulf’s First Theme Park.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
The 82 domes, over 1000 columns, the world’s largest hand woven Persian carpet and the gold plated chandeliers increases the beauty of this immense Mosque. The mosque has a capacity of accommodating 40,000 worshippers. This is just a short description, to capture its astonishing beauty visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
To check the current time, visit: www.szgmc.gov.ae
ABU DHABI CORNICHE
The manicured stretch of waterfront has attractions like play area, cafes, cycling track and restaurants. The sparkling beach is a carpet of white sand that is dotted with beach umbrellas that offers shade to the visitors from the sun. The beach here has been awarded the ‘blue flag’ that guarantees safe swimming. Alert lifeguards shoulders safety for the swimmers.
Visit: Entry fee.
For more info: +97124455838.
Visit Abu Dhabi to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. There are other places too where you can visit to experience the beauty that this place offers you:
Mushrif Central Park
Murjan Splash Park
Al Ain Zoo
Arabian Wildlife Park