Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is the cultural, political and economic heart of the country. Situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Dhabi has grown from its humble origins as a small fishing and pearling village to become one of the richest and most sophisticated cities in the world.
Built on an island, no part of this incredible metropolis is more than a few minutes from the beach or waterfront. The city's position, looking out onto the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, means that the majority of the city's leading hotels have waterfront locations and beautiful sea views.
Year-round sunshine, unrivalled hospitality, fine hotels and superb facilities for leisure and recreation – not to mention a touch of Arabian adventure – make Abu Dhabi an ideal destination, whether seeking an action-packed holiday, a relaxing break or a wonderful new cultural experience.
Following the vision of the former ruler H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and continued under the leadership of the present Ruler, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, astute planning and wise
investment of its oil revenue has enabled Abu Dhabi to provide the Emirate and its citizens with the finest infrastructure, facilities and services, creating a thriving, progressive, and above all, beautiful city.
Today, Abu Dhabi presents a predominantly modern face to the world, but the past is still very much in evidence. Spectacular new high-rise buildings frame the traditional architecture and well-established mosques. Even the sounds and aromas you encounter evoke a taste of the past.
Abu Dhabi exudes an ambience of quiet confidence. The pace of life is generally unhurried – there's always time for courtesy and politeness.