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Sights in Abu Dhabi – Beguiling Wonders of Heritage and Beauty

Abu Dhabi is a modern tourist hub that magically seems to retain past allures and elegance. It's a place where one can absorb the rich heritage, marvel at stupefying architecture and bask in luxury.

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This gorgeous structure is visible from any one of the bridges that join Abu Dhabi to the mainland. The mosque rises majestically from the middle of beautifully inlaid gardens acting as a glamorous embrace to those entering the city. This impressive structure was constructed under the authority of Sheikh Zayed, the first president of the UAE and today serves as the leader's final resting place. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is capable of accommodating up to 41,000 worshipers and is open to non-Muslims – a rare gesture in the region. Deemed a modern day masterpiece of Islamic architecture this mosque certainly warrants a visit.

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Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

If you want an understanding of the UAE's pre-oil era then do visit the re-constructed Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. Within the enclosed complex you will come across factors that define traditional Arabic lifestyles in the Gulf. The heritage village is made up of a fort that acts as a sentinel to sea invasions plus a traditional souk that lets one trade goats for dates with fellow villagers. At the centre is a mosque that acts as a silent reminder that Islam is and should be the essential part of all daily activities.

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Arabian Saluki Centre

Man's best friend amongst the Bedouin tribes of Arabia have for centuries been the Saluki hounds. These powerful animals bred to hunt and cherished for their speed have been a majestic accompaniment to traditional hunts within the desert tribes. At the Saluki Centre you can pick up and play with the puppies as well as join in or watch bath times. Speed and a tolerance of high temperatures make these hounds the perfect companions for nomadic tribes in the Gulf. A visit to the centre will certainly enlighten you on the affection the canines have garnered amongst the Arabic people.

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Sir Bani Yas Island

A haven and marvellous treat for all nature lovers Sir Bani Yas Island lies off the southwest coast of Abu Dhabi. The natural island is the largest in the UAE and is today home to a stunning wildlife reserve as well as the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort. Established in 1977 by Sheik Bin Zayed Sultan Al Nahyan the island is now home to thousands of free roaming animals as well as a stunning collection of various desert trees and plants. Enjoy all the island has to offer on a 4X4 jeep safari and look forward to kayaking, diving, mountain biking and hikes across the rustic mountains. Mind you the island is quite popular as venue to some of the best resorts in Abu Dhabi and does offer a host of attractions for all desert explorers.

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Abu Dhabi Corniche

This is a beautiful white sand endowed corniche that runs along the entire North West shore of Abu Dhabi. You can enjoy spectacular views of the high rise buildings across the waterfront from here while walking and cycling tracks woven in between the landscaped gardens of the corniche are just right to rejuvenate mind body and soul.

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