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1761 can be considered the official date of the city foundation. In this year a source of the fresh water was discovered, and people from Bani Yas tribe created a protective fort around it. The spring attracted more and more people and soon a small village was created around it. All inhabitants protected the spring as water meant life. Village people earned for living mostly by procuring peals and fishing. Years passed, but they didn’t cause any serious changes in the lifestyle of the village people until a valuable deposit was discovered not far from Ras Sadr in 1958. However, this time this wasn’t a source of fresh water, but an oil field.
Local residents are distinguished by quite a peculiar character. They have great attention to all the religious customs and traditions, so guests of the city also have to respect the … Open
This deposit was one of the richest and brought large revenues to the city. Today Abu Dhabi is the capital of the wealthiest emirate, a modern megalopolis and an internationally famous tourist destination.
The city’s center is full of mosques and the embankment is decorated with beautiful fountains, the names of which are as refined and pompous, as their look. Modern Abu Dhabi resembles a mirage as the contrast between endless golden desert sands and hi-tech skyscrapers surrounded by green gardens is really striking. In spite of the grandness of modern buildings, you will find historic places of interest, for example, the ancient Al Husn fortress. Abu Dhabi is a unique city, in which the most technically sophisticated skyscrapers neighbor with ancient houses built 3 hundred years ago. One of the city’s peculiarities is in amazing parks that occupy all free space of this city. Here the choice of plants is really big and you can see different types of palms, decorative shrubbery or walk on the crisp carpet of fresh green grass. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
A large part of entertainment complexes, restaurants and nightclubs is located near the waterfront. Many entertainment venues are located in the territory of major hotels. It should be noted … Open
The eastern part of the emirate is considered the historical district. Here are located the most famous sights of the city: Museum of Al-Ain, Jebel Hafeet mountain, Hale Park, a huge zoo, Ayn Fayyad Park and the National University.
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Art galleries in/around Abu Dhabi
♥   Art gallery 'Guggenheim Abu Dhabi' Abu Dhabi, 8.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Zayed National Museum' Abu Dhabi, 9.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Salwa Zeidan Gallery' Abu Dhabi, 9.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Louvre Abu Dhabi' Abu Dhabi, 10.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sites around Abu Dhabi from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Ferrari World

From the series “The most fantastic amusement parks in the world”
In addition to the attractions, the covered park has a trading gallery where guests can buy souvenirs or order exclusive gifts. In the park there are the first class restaurants of Italian and international cuisine, as well as the excellent cinema, so you can relax here all day. Ferrari World is the largest covered entertainment park in the world. Its surface area is 86 sqkm. The surface of the pavilion is much larger and is 200 sq km. You can even see it from the cosmos. … Read further

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

From the series “15 unofficial man-made wonders of the world”
Literally the whole world participated in construction and design of this incredibly wonderful mosque. The best architects from the United States took part in the process. The marble for the construction was supplied by China and Italy. Luxurious trim parts were manufactured in Austria and Germany. Unlike many other mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open for free visits. All guests can take a walk through its halls, enjoy pleasant coolness in the heat of the day and admire the artistic design. It s a great experience to visit a mosque in the evening, when its facade and rooms are lit with artistic illuminations. … Read further

Sightseeing in United Arab Emirates: things to see

The United Arab Emirates remain one of the most famous and popular resort destinations in the world. The country welcomes guests all year round. Each from the 7 Emirates is famous for its own landmarks, excursions and entertainment. One can see the Arabian culture in its full splendor during a visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the country. The city simply amazes travelers with its lush greenery. Here, among beautiful parks, you will see luxury palaces, old forts, modern skyscrapers and entertainment centres. … Open
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