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05 Reasons why you should visit Abu Dhabi – Modern hub, traditional allures

One of the best holiday destinations in the UAE, Abu Dhabi is now a contemporary hub for the discerning holidaymaker. Listed below are just a few of the fab reasons why you should choose to visit the city on your next holiday.

1

It's the capital of the UAE

Occupying close to 80% of the country's territory Abu Dhabi as the capital city is home to the UAE president Sheikh Khalif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Here's a fun fact, all the country's presidents must be from the Al Nahyan family who happen to come from Abu Dhabi. Hence, the city enjoys a spot in the limelight as a historically, politically and geographically important place within the UAE. Do make sure you plan to spend enough time exploring the city and its historical allures.

2

Abu Dhabi is home to an island of wildlife

Sir Bani Yas Island just off the coast of the city is a stunning location of rugged environs, framed by a glistening ocean. The place was declared a sanctuary to some of the UAE's most endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx. The island is a haven for free roaming cheetah, giraffe and gazelles etc. perfect to explore on a safari. The island is also a popular holiday resort home to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas where many visitors go to be one with the rustic surroundings, besides, Sir Bani Yas Island offers some of the most exciting activities in Abu Dhabi, including loads of marine fun.

3

Go there to gape in awe at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The most stunning mosque in the UAE, this mosque is a testimony to the elaborate architectural styles of the Arab world. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is made up of pure marble walls inlaid with gems and elaborate traditional designs. Named after the late Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the beloved first president of the UAE, this mosque welcomes people of all faith, to come to explore its majestic surroundings.

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Abu Dhabi promises you loads of fun at Yas Waterworld

The perfect way to cool down and get away from the warm balmy environs of the UAE, the Yas Waterworld located in Abu Dhabi is a fun hub for the entire family to enjoy. The gargantuan confines of the park are packed with all manner of thrills, from exciting rides to splash pools and loads of opportunity to cool off and enjoy the day. Plan to spend an entire day there for maximum enjoyment.

5

Abu Dhabi the best place to absorb the culture

In comparison to Dubai, Abu Dhabi is still very traditional and retains much of the ancient Arab world. The place gives you a chance to experience traditional culture and customs, through the local people. Look forward to experiencing Emirati garments, customs and traditions, since Abu Dhabi is still home to a majority population of Arabs, whereas Dubai is today, full of expats and tourists looking for modern trends and experiences.