Abu Dhabi is something of an enigma

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?

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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.

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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.

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Or make like Lawrence of Arabia and drive at a dizzying speeds up and down the desert’s breathtaking rolling dunes.

Follow GuidePal’s Abu Dhabi guide for more inspiration.


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