Abu Dhabi is so modern that it's hard to get a sense of the past. A visit to the magnificent Grand Mosque can put you in touch with the rich spiritual history of the place. The Heritage Village recreates the oasis settlements this city was built upon.
Emiratis are falconers by custom and tradition, and treat their falcons with great affection and respect. For an insight into this culture, visit the Falcon Hospital just outside the city, and marvel at these magnificent birds.
Abu Dhabi leads the world in ultra-modern shopping malls that are architectural marvels. See for yourself at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island. The World Trade Center Mall incorporates a 21st-century version of a traditional Arabian souk.
Don't Go Home Without
Yas Island is well known for major attractions like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. But not many visitors know that the Formula One track there is open for pedestrians to run or cycle around every Tuesday evening.
The mix of cultures in Abu Dhabi makes for an extraordinary choice of cuisines. While the local dining culture is now world-class, the relative newness of the city means that many of the best restaurants are not on the streets but inside hotels.