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Fun Facts about Abu Dhabi – Cosmopolitan Tourist Hub

Largest city of the UAE Abu Dhabi has many allures catering to the modern tourist. Home to iconic attractions and stupendous structures the city boasts stunning beaches and top entertainment.

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The Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque

This iconic structure a symbol of elegance and affluence of the Emirati people is well known for its huge halls which is said to be large enough to accommodate up to 40,000 devotees at a time. The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque represents Moghul and Moorish architecture. The place is home to 24 carat gold edged chandeliers, 85 domes, a 1,000 columns as well as the world's largest hand-woven carpet. The world's largest chandelier is also located here measuring a total of 15 meters in height.

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The Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace

Located 4kms from the Marina the beachfront palace is located within an 85 hectare landscaped estate. Well known for its elaborate settings the place is home to 1,002 chandeliers and the heaviest is tipped to weigh over 2.5 tonnes

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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Middle East's largest and most popular international sporting event the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit. It is the only one day twilight race on the Formula 1 calendar.

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Astounding Sunny Weather

Astounding Sunny Weather

The desert is known for its hot and sunny climate but did you know the UAE faces a total of 360 average days of sunny weather. The district of Al Ain records the hottest days with average temperatures being around 52 degrees Celsius. However if you decide to cocoon yourself within one of the top resorts in Abu Dhabi beating the heat is a breeze.

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Largest School of Sea Cows

Largest School of Sea Cows

Abu Dhabi is home to a staggering 2,500 population of Sea Cows that thrive along its beautiful coastlines. The type of Dugongs, also known as the Lady of the Sea enjoys grazing on the sea grass that grows on the verdant sea beds off the Abu Dhabi Coast. And if that isn't enough, you can head over to Sir Bani Yas Island National Park home to the Anantara Sir BaniYas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort and a number of endemic and endangered animal species; waiting to be discovered via a thrilling jeep safari across the rugged land.

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World's Fastest Roller Coaster

World's Fastest Roller Coaster

Head over to Ferrari World and you will be able to ride the world's fastest roller coaster. The Formula Rosso which clocks up speeds of 240km/h in 5 seconds is the ultimate thrill. Loads of family thrills and fun adventures await you at Ferrari World where test driving some of the world's top race cars is on the cards.

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Shams Solar Power Station Mirrors

Shams Solar Power Station Mirrors

Located in Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi the Shams Solar Power Station is one of the world's largest parabolic trough power stations. A unique feature is the 258,048 mirrors that make up the huge mirror devise 627,840msq in total.