Ten to fifteen years ago, many people had barely thought of visiting the oil rich, desert city of Abu Dhabi. However over the past decade the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has undergone a dramatic transformation, becoming a hub of activity for business and leisure. According to the city’s Tourism and Culture Authority, more than 2.5 million people have checked into one of Abu Dhabi’s 156 hotels and apartments in the past 11 months alone.
What is it about this Middle Eastern city that’s so popular? Is it the blend of cultures and openness of the local people to share their Arabic traditions with others? Or is it the array of experiences on offer mixed in with the most luxurious properties, bars and restaurants in the world? Whatever the reason, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming one of the hottest stopover destinations for weary Australian travellers looking to break up their long haul trips on their way to the Middle East or Europe.
Whether you’re looking to add a unique element to your travels, or are a seasoned stopover traveller, there’s no better time than now to consider a short trip to Abu Dhabi.
If an Abu Dhabi stopover piques your interest, then be sure you contact one of our personal travel managers.
Here are four fast facts from TravelManagers Australia about this desert oasis:
Where exactly is Abu Dhabi located in the Middle East?
Of the seven sheikhdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the largest and is located on a T-shaped island, nearly one of 200 that dot the Persian Gulf.
How did Abu Dhabi become so wealthy?
Abu Dhabi’s economic growth came about due to the discovery of oil reserves in 1958 which transformed the country from being dependent on pearl diving, herding, and agriculture to become one of the world’s largest exporters of petroleum.
When is the best time to go?
November to February is an ideal time to visit Abu Dhabi with temperatures hovering around 22 – 32 degrees celsius, a steep contrast to the city’s summer climate that can average 50 degrees celsius during July – August.
What is there to do?
Not to be outdone by neighbouring Dubai, Abu Dhabi offers a heady mix of culture, luxury, adventure and the warmth of Arabian hospitality. It’s home to one of the world’s most impressive places of worship, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, has the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World which features the world’s fastest rollercoaster – the 240km/h Formula Rossa – and even has its own Falcon Hospital where prized hunting birds are patched up and cared for.
Amongst all the opulent hotels, desert retreats, stunning beachfront and pedestrian-paradise of Corniche, you can enjoy 360 degree views from Emirates Palace while dining at a Michelin-star restaurant and explore more than 15 modern malls and souk-like markets. And if you’re in need of an adrenaline hit, the city also offers everything from speed boating and sand skiing, to horse riding and motor sports.
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