An opulent, rapidly developing and distinctly Arab Emirate.
Capital of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi is an opulent and modern metropolis that retains much of its distinctly Arab character. Its neighbour, Dubai, may enjoy slightly better name recognition on the international tourist scene, but Abu Dhabi is bigger, wealthier and faster growing. Vast oil reserves have fuelled dramatic development, which in turn draws elite business travellers and investors from around the world. But Abu Dhabi also has much to offer leisure travellers – from its attractive seaside Corniche to its sun-drenched public beach and beautifully manicured green spaces. Meanwhile, shopping options range from breaking designer fashions at the Marina Mall to traditional handicrafts from local souks.