Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi’s sights aren’t obvious, and locals like it that way. Expats love the eternal sunshine, pristine beaches, and azure sea while Emiratis take pride in their Bedouin heritage, Islamic culture, and traditions of oral storytelling, song, and dance. It’s the chance to experience these traditions that makes a visit engaging.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Built to provide sumptuous sleeps for visiting royals and dignitaries, this luxury resort is bedecked in gold and bejeweled with Swarovksi crystal chandeliers. Time your visit to coincide with afternoon tea.

Corniche Rd. West, 011-971-2-690-9000, www.emiratespalace.com
Tags: things to do | architecture

Go on a desert safari

While the desert safari allows you to tick off some "must-do" experiences – edge-of-your-seat 4WD dune driving, camel ride, falconry, sand-boarding, Arabic feast, and belly-dancing – the best part is enjoying the sublime desert scenery and sunset.

Arabian Adventures, 011-971-2-691-1711, www.arabian-adventures.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | tour

Qasr al-Hosn

Abu Dhabi’s white fort palace, once the ruling family’s home, is the city’s oldest, most beloved building. Although its interior is currently undergoing restoration, it’s still possible to stroll the palm-filled courtyard garden.

Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed the First Street,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | culture | architecture | history

The Corniche

Enjoy Abu Dhabi’s waterfront with an evening stroll in summer or afternoon walk in winter. To savor The Corniche’s dramatic skyline from the water, board Le Royal Meridien’s sleek Shuja Yacht for a seafood dinner cruise.

, 011-971-2-695-0539, www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien
Tags: family | cruise | views | things to do | outdoors

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