Abu Dhabi
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What To Do

Abu Dhabi offers a wide and diverse choice of activities. Below is a selection that hopefully gives you a flavour

Qasr Al Hosn
Built by the Bani Yas tribes this 18th century coral and sea stone watch tower is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. During the 19th Century the fort was improved and expanded, turning it into a palace and home of the ruling family. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the UAE took the decision to renovate the building, and transform it from a residence into a museum and exhibition centre.

Emirates Palace
Built in 2006 at a staggering cost of $6 billion the Emirates Palace is probably the country's most recognisable hotel. Don't worry if you are not a guest, it is free to have a look around. The central dome is stunning and check out the gold vending machine.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Completed in 2008 the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of Abu Dhabi's most dynamic landmarks. The white marble domes dominate the skyline and inside there is an array of mosaics and intricate artwork. Look up and you will see an array of chandeliers, the largest of which weighing in at an incredible 12 tonnes. The mosque is also home to the largest hand knotted carpet.

Ferrari World
Located on Yas Island this amusement park, aimed at children and families, has been open to the public since November 2010. It is home to the world's fastest roller coaster.

Trips to the Desert
No visit to the UAE would be complete without venturing into the desert. There are a range of excursions available, from day trips to sand dunes, camel riding and dune bashing. For those with more time, why not spend the night under the stars at a desert camp.

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
For those interested in seeing what life was like in Abu Dhabi before oil, then a visit to the Heritage Village may be of interest. The village has been reconstructed to show what traditional Gulf life was like. The village includes a fort, souq and mosque. You can also see traditional craftsmen at work. End your trip with a visit to the museum where you can see artefacts from the pearl diving industry - Abu Dhabi's main trade before the discovery of oil.

Qasr Al Watan
Presidential Palace, home to the UAE Supreme Council and Federal Cabinet that is now open to visitors. The Palace is built in the Arabian style and showcases high levels of artistry and craftsmanship that are a tribute to the regions Arabian Heritage. Each door within the Palace, made of solid Maple and hand carved with 23 carat gold, took 350 hours to make. The Great Hall, 100 metres long and 100 metres wide also includes one of the largest domes in the world, measuring 37 metres in diameter. Other points of interest include The House of Knowledge which houses a selection of rare artefacts and manuscripts and a room that showcases a collection of diplomatic gifts given to the UAE by foreign dignitaries. The Palace also has a selection of dining venues and gift shops.
Dress Code - Your dress and appearance must be suitable for Qasr Al Watan and in keeping with the culture and values of the United Arab Emirates.
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