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Quick facts about Abu Dhabi – Things you ought to know about the enticing capital of the UAE

Abu Dhabi's rapid progress as a travel destination is admirable. More and more people seem to find the city to their taste – if you are one of them, you'll find what's discussed below interesting.


You'd be mistaken if you hope to be surrounded by locals

UAE is an affluent country, and it's not necessary for Emiratis to be out and about doing their day to day chores, they have other people to take care of almost everything. So, the chance of bumping into a local while in Abu Dhabi is a minuscule one - besides, they like to keep their affairs private. There's one exception to this though; at the airport, you'll have an encounter with the officer who stamps your passport, and that's because it is necessary. All the important proceedings are done by the locals themselves, so you'll see a lot of them employed by Border Control. But it wouldn't be very prudent to get them to talk to you about day-to-day life (sadly you can't list it as one of the activities in Abu Dhabi) the occasion wouldn't be entirely appropriate. What's more, expats surpass the number of locals, and you will see a lot of Asian and European nationals.


Wait till you see the police cars

Well, they are as epic as they could be. One might ask, is it completely necessary? The country is extremely rich, so they sort of have to find ways to flaunt their wealth and to spend it for that matter– which is evident in their employment of Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Ferraris as police vehicles.


Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

This is the largest mosque in the UAE, and it has enough elbow room to accommodate nearly 40,000 worshippers. The interior and the exterior are absolutely remarkable, and they are, in fact, a major drawcard for tourists. The masterfully constructed marble domes – there are 82 of it – and the minarets are what make the mosque a topic of discussion. Also, you can safely assume that it dons the world's biggest hand-knitted carpet.


Abu Dhabi Corniche

The Corniche is a must visit if you are ever in Abu Dhabi. You can spend all your days touring around the city. After you've had your fill of sightseeing, you should spare some time to admire the turquoise waters.



If you stay at a villa like Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas, the staff will make the arrangements for you to go and visit the famous falcons in Abu Dhabi. This is something you shouldn't miss out on. The experience is absolutely delightful and one of a kind. There will be an English-speaking guide, and you will be introduced to falconry. You can even have one of them perch on your arm as long as you are watched by a member of staff.


The best time to visit

Abu Dhabi is a charming city, and it boasts a year-long supply of sunshine. The summer months can be a little harsh, so, if you don't do well with hot and humid weather, reserve the time period between October and May for your tour.