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A look at abu dhabi

Middle East > UAE > Abu Dhabi

A Mordern Marval

Abu Dhabi is a relatively young city. It was first settled by nomadic tribesmen in the mid 18th century and remained a fishing village until the 1950s. It was at this time that oil was discovered leading to a financial and trading boom.
The city is practically an island, jutting into the Persian Gulf, with land having been reclaimed from the sea to make way for a long seafront lined with lush gardens and gushing fountains.  
It is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Abu Dhabi emirate.
Since the discovery of oil, Abu Dhabi has been transformed into a modern city displaying high-rise buildings, broad boulevards and luxury hotels. Remnants of the old city still remain in the souks and craft centres but they are surrounded by a modern, affluent urban landscape.  
Abu Dhabi is increasingly asserting itself as a luxury travel, business destination and cultural centre. It has several attractions such as the Petroleum Exhibition and the Heritage Village, the beautiful Corniche (beach), the Al Hisn Fort, the old souk (market), the Breakwater Island and Sheikh Zayed's palace.
Of course, another huge draw to the city is its duty-free shopping zone and luxury hotels. Travellers are spoiled for choice being able to indulge their need for retail therapy whilst experiencing the fascinating culture of the Abu Dhabi emirate with its miles of desert and intriguing oasesMore info


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