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Top 5 Cultural Experiences to be Gained in Abu Dhabi – Highlights for the Culture Lover

In the entrancing Emirate of Abu Dhabi, visitors will find many interesting things to do. Amongst these will be a number of cultural experiences that are sure to appeal to the discerning visitor.


Pearl Journey

Visitors to Abu Dhabi will have the opportunity to undertake an engrossing journey that will provide them with a genuine understanding of the region's age-old pearling traditions. Your journey will take place in a traditional vessel known as a dhow which was the type of vessel used in the industry of pearling. On your relaxing cruise, you will sit on comfortable Arabian cushions enjoying dates and local coffee whilst listening to your informative guide describe how his ancestors made a living from this industry. You will enjoy Arabian snacks whilst a member of the crew entertains you with traditional songs native to the local seafarers.


Falcon and Saluki Show

The animal lover and general visitor alike will be enthralled by an enjoyable falconry and saluki show. At one of these shows, you will have the opportunity to observe the art of falconry as well as the appealing salukis, which are a breed of dog native to the region. Spectators will be able to observe the falcons swoop majestically in their quest for prey. You will also have the opportunity to watch the graceful salukis show off their breathtaking speed as they race over the ground. The saluki is reputed to be the most ancient breed of dog, having accompanied the local Bedouin nomads in their travels for many centuries.


Camel Racing

The camel is another animal that is inextricably linked with the culture of the local people of Abu Dhabi. Camel racing is a popular competitive sport that is a distinctive part of the local culture. If you choose to watch some of these exciting and enjoyable races you will be enthralled by the spectacle of these rather ungainly seeming beasts achieving amazing speeds on the race track. Camel racing has an enthusiastic following amongst the local people who converge at the race track to watch the prized racing camels in action. Watching a camel race will be a memorable experience that cannot be witnessed as readily in other parts of the world.


Horse Racing

Horse racing is another competitive sport that is close to the heart of residents of Abu Dhabi. Visitors to the Emirate will have the chance to watch some of the thrilling horse races which are conducted at the tracks of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. You will find that most of the races are conducted in the evenings and afternoons during the cooler part of the year. Whilst entry to the races is free of charge, visitors will be entranced by the exciting atmosphere that prevails during race nights. On these occasions as many as six races are conducted, each commencing after half-hour intervals. As you experience these cultural highlights a choice of accommodation that you could consider would be Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, which is one of the attractively located resorts in Abu Dhabi.


Henna Painting

Many ladies who visit Abu Dhabi choose to experience henna painting, which is a well-known local tradition that has been practiced in the region for centuries. Henna is considered to enhance female beauty and is applied on the hands and feet as well as the hair of women. You will see that Arabian henna painting features attractive floral motifs which generally wash away after about a week. This henna dye is made from leaves which are dried, ground and mixed with water to make the dye. Female visitors will have the opportunity to obtain lovely henna designs during their stay in Abu Dhabi.