Midle East

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a contemplative moment

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The world's largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn't afraid to challenge world records. Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still…except perhaps the herons in its mangroves. For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE's history through museums, exhibitions and tours. But thankfully Emirati heritage isn't boxed and mothballed; it's also experienced through strolls around the dhow harbour, haggling in markets and absorbing the atmosphere at sheesha cafes.

Combining the biggest and the brashest with the flashiest and the fastest, Abu Dhabi is home to some of the world’s most exciting new adventures.If the bling becomes too much, don your sunglasses to explore the kilometres of golden beaches on its doorstep or throw moderation to the desert wind and attempt to eat your own weight in edible gold, with the hotel’s famous desserts and cakes. Come in December and you’ll be blinded by the world’s most bejewelled Christmas tree.

Abu Dhabi: the city of superlatives

As one of the richest cities on earth, Abu Dhabi is the king of bling and an expert at showcasing the sublime. Picture white domed mosques, candy cane minarets and sweeping romantic deserts; it is the essence of Arabia, from camel racing at dawn to burning-red sand dunes at sunset. But alongside this storybook slice of the Gulf, the UAE capital has a more indulgent, contemporary side that is anything but subtle.