Flights to Abu Dhabi
The capital of United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the second populous city in the country and serves as the capital of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Scenically located on a T shaped island that juts out into the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a major metropolis in the country and the center of political and industrial activities. The airport was declared to be the 68th most expensive city in the world and fourth most expensive city for expatriate employees in the region. The city is also a federal hub, the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government and serves as home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE. The city has a population of 2.33 million and is a major commercial and cultural center of United Arab Emirates.
All the flights scheduled for Abu Dhabi land at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, which the second busies airport in UAE and is well linked to all parts of the world. The city is famous for its multi-cultural tolerance, cosmopolitan ambiance and unique socioeconomic development. Abu Dhabi experiences hot desert climate with two distinct seasons – summer which lasts April to October and Coolers season from November to Arch. While summers are hot and humid, the coolers season is moderately hot to cold. January is the coolest month of the year, thus making is the best time to visit. The Abu Dhabi festival which is held between March and April is the major festival drawing thousands of tourists from all over the world.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Abu Dhabi. From towering skyscrapers to well-manicured parks to long stretched of public beaches, Abu Dhabi has everything to keep the tourists happily engaged. The Abu Dhabi Desert safari is a major activity that draws huge attention form locals as well as tourists. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is the landmark of Abu Dhabi is also a major draw. Do not miss visiting the Heritage village which is an authentic replica of a typical Bedouin encampment that allows the tourists to get an idea of typical Emirati life before the oil boom. Al –Hosn (also known as old fort and is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi), Women’s Craft Center (displaying traditional skills such as weaving, embroidery and basketry), Observation Deck (skyline views from the highest tower it he city), Emirates Zoo Park, Abu Dhabi Falcom hospital, Yas Island and Liwa Oasis are some of the major tourist splices in Abu Dhabi one cannot afford to miss. Do not miss enjoying the boat tours to enjoy very different views of Abu Dhabi.
This is not all. There are many more attractions and activities that tourists can enjoy here. There are numerous historical sites, museums, heritage places and natural attractions which reflect the deep rooted culture of the city.
Eating and Shopping
Abu Dhabi is a city which offers lip smacking delicacies for every palate. The city prides itself for being a cosmopolitan hub thus offering a varied mix of international flavors and outstanding culinary standards for the tourists. This is a beach city, so it goes without saying that the restaurants here serve some of the freshest and exotic sea food that you should not miss. Meat, dairy, grains are part of a staple diet of the people and can be enjoyed in most of the restaurant and eateries. Ma'louba, Margooga, Harees, Machbous, Frsee'ah, Fireed, Jisheid, and Mishwy are some of the traditional dishes one should not miss here. Since this is a Muslim dominated country, alcohol is served only served in hotel restaurants and bars. Fresh Camel Milk and traditional Emirai tea are the traditional beverages; tourists should try during their stay in Abu Dhabi.
There is no dearth of swanky malls and high end stores for shopping in Dubai. But it is highly recommended that you visit the old areas and shop for traditional and ethnic stuff that the city is famous for. Tagging shopping as a national pass time, when in Abu Dhabi tourists should not miss shopping for local tailored fabrics, Arabian antiques, carpets, textiles and varieties of things from the traditional markets which are called souks. The souks or traditional marketplace have a bustling ambiance and a must visit to enjoy the real Abu Dhabi. There is a dedicated souk for each item – vis Fish souk selling fresh sea, food carpet souk where you will find Yemeni mattresses and machine made carpets, Souk Al Zafarana where you will find jewellery shops and many others.
Generally markets are open from 10 am till 10 pm on all days and the closing time extends during weekends. Please note that during the holy month of Ramadan, closing and opening time of the shops change and the close in the afternoon and reopen from 7 pm in the evening and close very late.
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