ABU DHABI: THE CAPITAL OF THE ARAB EMIRATES AMIDST TRADITION AND MODERNITY
A lively, cosmopolitan city, ultramodern streets and skyscrapers, yet with a strong tradition: an excursion to discover the multi-faceted capital of the Arab Emirates.
What we will see
- Al Ittihad Square
- Presidential Palace (external)
- Heritage Village
- Marina Mall
- Emirates Palace Drive around
- Sheikh Zayed Exhibition
What we will do
- Leaving the dock behind us, we begin our tour of Abu Dhabi, a city situated on a small peninsula, surrounded by a tiny archipelago. Founded in 1761 by the Bani Yas tribe, the name of the city, which means “father of the gazelle”, was chosen as a tribute to the legend, according to which it was a gazelle to lead the first tribe to a fresh water spring in Abu Dhabi.
- Our first photo stop will be in Al Ittihad Square, whose name means "union" in Arabic, to immortalise the spectacular, white ivory monuments, including a large coffee-pot and an incense burner symbolising renowned Arabic hospitality and its centuries-old tradition.
- Next we will visit Sheikh Zayed Exhibition, a museum housed in an Emirati heritage village replete with camels, in an incredible homage to the man who shaped the nation. A photo gallery of Sheikh Zayed and many visiting regional and international royalty and dignitaries lines the walls of the museum, which is also full of personal memorabilia such as his favourite hunting rifles. Taking centre stage are the late President's cherished vehicles - which he often drove through the city without a bodyguard - and gifts he received from all over the world such as stuffed lions and cheetahs. We will continue with a stop at the Marina Café, where there will be time for another photo stop to immortalise the spectacular skyline of Abu Dhabi.
- We then come to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and reconstructed homes which illustrate the day-to-day activities of the local community, before oil was discovered at the end of the 50s.
- Now it’s time for the spectacular*Corniche*, the splendid waterfront that extends for several kilometres, lined by numerous ultramodern, glass skyscrapers and elegant residential complexes, which have earned Abu Dhabi the title of “Manhattan of the Persian Gulf".
- We end our tour at the breakwater, from where we can admire the superb panorama of the extraordinary city skyline.
What you need to know
- Because of the differences in temperature between the places visited and the air-conditioned vehicles and the temperature outside, we recommend that you wear a light cotton jumper.
- The order of the itinerary may vary.