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Abu Dhabi City

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Abu Dhabi City is the United Arab Emirates' capital - a gleaming and modern, yet distinctly Arab city, situated on a T-shaped island in the Persian Gulf.

What was once a small fishing village is now a sprawling and immensely wealthy city that owes its rapid growth to the pearling and oil industries. Under Zayed the Great, who ruled the emirate in the second half of the 19th century, Abu Dhabi emerged as the most powerful Trucial Coast sheikhdoms. On independence in 1971 these British protectorates became the United Arab Emirates - and the country hasn't looked back.

While not as cosmopolitan as Dubai emirate, Abu Dhabi is a much-more liveable city. Among the oil companies and embassies are broad boulevards, world-class hotels and luxury boutiques that are testament to the city's affluence and confidence.

Abu Dhabi still maintains parts of its heritage. Pretty mosques dot the capital and the Al-Hosn Palace, or White Fort, with its whitewashed walls, is just as eye-catching as the sparkling skyscrapers. The fish market and dhows at the Al'Dhafra wharf give a glimpse of Abu Dhabi as it was before the oil boom, while also being an excellent vantage point for a panoramic view of the city's modern skyline.


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Top itineraries in Abu Dhabi City

Abu Dhabi & Dubai: Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,110 pp incl. flights

Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai either side of the region's most luxurious desert resort.

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Abu Dhabi Desert & Beach Break

8-day tailor-made break from £2,505 pp incl. flights

Combine Abu Dhabi’s spectacular beaches and awe-inspiring desert on this twin-centre trip. You'll stay in two five-star hotels as you indulge in Abu Dhabi's renowned fine dining and a wealth of activities, enjoying the region's famous hospitality throughout.

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Desert Dreaming in Abu Dhabi

Awe-inspiring culture, miles of sugar-white beaches, unexpected natural wonders and world-class luxury – Abu Dhabi has come of age, and it wants everyone to know. Discover why its glittering skyline, marble-domed mosque and indulgent islands make it a destination for all.

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