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Things to Know Before Visiting Abu Dhabi

A handy mini-guide of facts. It is always better to be armed with some information before you head out on a vacation to any destination and Abu Dhabi is no different.


The history of Abu Dhabi

If you turn back the time and travel about 60 years to 70 down the line, Abu Dhabi was nothing but desert land. After the discovery of oil in 1958 the development of Abu Dhabi took a sharp turn and climbed higher than anyone ever expected.


The Heritage Village

If you want to take a look at a museum that is also an active real-life location that is being used to this day, then visiting the Heritage Village might be a good idea. This is the top attraction that is on every traveller's list when they come to Abu Dhabi. You will be able to take a look at traditional arts and crafts being made right before your eyes and then after it is created, you can purchase these souvenirs. The best part about this village is that the local markets are open all day and the stalls are set up with tents, giving it a very traditional and ancient life ambience. To avoid the crowds, it is best to get to this village in the wee morning or after 4:00 p.m. as that is when the major tour buses with the throng of foreigners will leave the Heritage Village.


The Sheikh Zeid mosque

This mosque is pretty new compared to the other historic attractions in the area but just because it does not have a connection to the historical past does not mean that it is any less than the other buildings in the area. This structure has a mind-blowing design and is also home to the biggest carpet in the world. If you want to know what Arabian architecture and luxury looks like you must definitely visit this place. You won't be allowed to access all parts of this mosque but what you are allowed to see will be enough to make this visit worthwhile. Make sure you dress appropriately when you plan a visit here.


Sand dunes

Going on a safari on the sand dunes Abu Dhabi has to offer is one of the most adventurous things you can do there while on a holiday. Many luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi the likes of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas offer packages that include this thrilling activity. Check the website of the hotel before you book your accommodation to know if you want this added on. You can also try your hand at sandboarding while you are touring the dunes.


Camping in the desert

Camping is always a novel experience that one must have at least once in their lives. Camping under the desert sky while you lie down on the warm sand below you is definitely a memory that will be etched onto your brain for life. The people who organize the desert safaris also organize these traditional desert camping experiences.