Official language: Arabic
Time zone: UTC +4
Currency: Dirham (AED)
Did you know that this snow-white mosque is covered in marble with 24-carat gold elements? The building's shimmering facade, famous huge chandeliers, and the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world are sights you cannot miss!
In the National Aquarium, located in Al Qana, you can admire aquatic wildlife with over 46,000 animals representing over 300 different species. There are more than 60 attractions spread across 10 marine-themed zones, such as UAE's Natural Treasures, Ring of Fire and a Frozen Ocean.
Considered one of the modern urban wonders of the world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is not only an art museum but also an architectural marvel from Pritzker-prize-winning Jean Nouvel. The dome structure of the museum is surrounded by water and seems to float above the museum-city. As the sunrays shine through the dome, you can admire an illuminating spectacle called “Rain of Light”. Covering 9,200 square meters, Louvre Abu Dhabi is the Arab world’s first universal museum.
Abu Dhabi – the capital of United Arab Emirates, second biggest city when it comes to population, in the country, it has more than million citizens. Owes its richness to discovered nearby source of crude oil. The ambition of the city is to even the level of luxury with Dubai, but luckily it is not so expensive there, and Abu Dhabi is definitely worth visiting.
The main part of the city is situated on an Island, though its territory reaches also smaller islands, as well as part of main land. It is relatively new, only 50 years ago there was a fisherman’s village in that spot, and today you won’t be able to stop admiring how huge and rich Abu Dhabi has become. It is there where the most luxurious hotel in the world is situated – Emirates Palace, whose construction costs more than 3 billion dollars. To highlight its uniqueness, it was classified as a 7-stars one in 5-stars scale.
The showcase of Abu Dhabi is the Great Mosque of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. It lies just by the shores of Persian Gulf, is white and have 82 copulas – it definitely makes impression, and can be seen from afar. Don’t forget though that it is not only the building, but above all, the temple – at one moment prayers can be upraised by even 40 thousand people!
In Abu Dhabi you could be choosing among many elegant restaurants. Highly popular is, for instance, The Terrace on the Corniche in St. Regis Abu Dhabi Nation Towers. The great place, specializing in Indian cuisine, is Angar at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. If you are fan of Japanese cuisine, make sure to go to Cho Gao Marina Walk at King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, in hotel InterContinental. Fancy a quick snack during sightseeing? Step by Latitude at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, where you can also find something tasty, if you are vegetarian.