Abu Dhabi travel guide

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You're Going to Love Abu Dhabi

From the serenity of the mangroves to the bustling city center, from the waterfront to the glittering skyscrapers, Abu Dhabi offers visitors an experience like no other.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi lies on an island that extends into the west coast of the Persian Gulf. What was once a pearling village has evolved into a political and financial center. Abu Dhabi is home to a multicultural society with a welcoming spirit, and a dining scene that will thrill foodies with its diversity.

Abu Dhabi is multifaceted: stroll through one of more than 2,000 parks and green spaces, enjoy the beach life, take a drive on a Formula One track, and haggle for bargains at a souk. There's so much to do that you'll find yourself planning your next trip just to catch up on all that you couldn't fit into one visit.

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When to Visit Abu Dhabi

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With a hot desert climate, you can expect sunny skies and warm weather 12 months of the year in Abu Dhabi. The summer, from June to September, is very hot, with temperatures rising to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more during the day. It is also the time of year when you may experience sandstorms, making the cooler months of November to March the most popular with tourists.

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How to Get to Abu Dhabi

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Where to Stay in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Palace Hotel offers sumptuous furnishings and accommodation, with 24-hour butler service, your choice of several restaurants and entertainment options, and a private beach. The Grand Millennium Al Wahda offers chic modern rooms and furnishings in a gleaming skyscraper, while the Beach Rotana Hotel puts you right at the waterfront.

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Shopping Streets

There are many places to indulge in shopping in Abu Dhabi. The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is a new shopping center that includes 130 international brand name stores and outlets. For upscale options, you can try the Avenue at Etihad Towers where you'll find luxury brands like Givenchy and Versace. For bargain hunters, there is the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre with over 400 stores, including some traditional souk traders. For an outdoor market, try Souk Al Bawadi or Souk Al Qaws, joined to the Bawaki Mall in Al Ain.

Groceries and Other

There are several options for groceries and other necessities in Abu Dhabi, including the Co-Op in Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, along with several locations of Spinney's and Lulu Supermarkets. A quart of milk costs about AED6, and a dozen eggs about AED9.

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Where to Eat in Abu Dhabi

Mediterranean cuisine is popular in Abu Dhabi, and you can enjoy it with a view at the Beach House on Saadiyat Island. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, mains start at AED60. Vasco's in Al Khalidiya has a popular patio and a menu focusing on fresh seafood, with main dishes starting at about AED120. For upscale local cuisine, look to Mezlai in the Emirates Palace Hotel, where main dishes start at about AED110.