What is Abu Dhabi

Information about the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

With an area of ​​over 67,000 square kilometers and around 860,000 inhabitants, Abu Dhabi is the largest and richest of the seven Arab Emirates in terms of area.

In addition to extensive sandy beaches and numerous excursion destinations, Abu Dhabi also offers a variety of sports and leisure opportunities.

You shouldn't miss a trip to the desert. Sports enthusiasts can try “wadi bashing” (dune driving) in a well-air-conditioned off-road vehicle or “sand boarding” (sand skiing) in the dunes of Liwa.

Popular activities include camel racing and falconry.

Golf enthusiasts can swing their clubs on one of the many golf courses. The warm waters of the Persian Gulf are ideal for all types of water sports.

Travelers who prefer a leisurely shopping spree are guaranteed to get their money's worth, as Abu Dhabi is known worldwide for excellent shopping opportunities. The contrast between the souks, the traditional Abu Dhabi markets, and the modern shopping centers such as the Marina Mall or the Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall is interesting. A visit to the gold markets is particularly recommended.

Abu Dhabi City is also the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the emirate of the same name. The city is located on an island in the Persian Gulf off the west coast of the country and is connected to the mainland by the Mussafah and Al-Maqtaa bridges.

The former fishing village has almost 860,000 inhabitants today and is considered the richest and most beautiful city in the entire Gulf region. Despite skyscrapers and three-lane boulevards, Abu Dhabi has retained its original Arab charm. The city is like a single oasis with numerous green spaces, palm trees, trees and bushes. Between the modern skyscrapers you can always find small mosques, souks and traditional restaurants.

The Corniche is the newly spruced up beach promenade where locals and tourists meet while jogging, cycling, rollerblading or walking. Whether water sports, a boat trip on a traditional dhow, a visit to an Arab café or restaurant right on the water, strolling at the new marina or a visit to the luxury hotel Emirates Palace - there is something for everyone here.

Al Ain, also known as the “Garden City”, was once an important junction on the caravan route to the Sultanate of Oman. The city is located in the middle of picturesque oases at the foot of the Hajjar Mountains in the east of Abu Dhabi. The name Al Ain "the spring" suggests that the city has abundant groundwater resources. This fertile region is home to numerous farms, important archaeological sites and forts, and one of the most important universities in the United Arab Emirates.

About three hours by car from Abu Dhabi is the Liwa Oasis, one of the largest oases on the Arabian Peninsula. The Bedouin people of the Bani Yas, the ancestors of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, live here in the midst of small ponds and date plantations.