Beneath Abu Dhabi’s urban gloss is a city of history, depth and adventure. After all, what other desert metropolis is home to mangrove forests, rolling dunes, camel farms and date plantations?
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is unmissable. It’s decked out with 82 white-marble domes, an ornate 17,000-square-metres marble courtyard and gold chandeliers that sparkle with the light of millions of Swarovksi crystals.
Meanwhile, many miles from anything remotely five-star, the Al Ain camel market – the last of its kind in the country – is perhaps the region’s most authentic experience.
Or make like Lawrence of Arabia and drive at a dizzying speeds up and down the desert’s breathtaking rolling dunes.
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