Home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, largest hand-loomed carpet, and the sumptuous Emirates Palace that boasts more than 1000 chandeliers, UAE’s capital city is no stranger to breaking records. Life in this futuristic fast lane means new commercial ventures and architecture thrives, with modern fashion, edgy businesses and start-up technologies all finding their home in Abu Dhabi. Traditional Arabia is not lost though, with grandiose cultural hubs like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque still thriving, plus the authentic dhow harbour and many marketplaces ensuring local culture remains alive and well. Balancing the contemporary and the classic lends Abu Dhabi a diversity rarely seen in other cities, making it the ideal getaway for culture vultures and luxe-lovers alike.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.