The endless dunes of the ferocious Empty Quarter and the twinkling blue of the Gulf of Persia. Champagne-fuelled brunches, enormous hotels and even bigger mosques… Everything moves fast in the cultural heart of the UAE, from the ostentatious cars to the skyline, which seems to be growing taller by the week. Welcome to our Abu Dhabi travel guide.
Yet look beyond the glitz and glamour and you’ll discover that it hasn’t entirely left behind its heritage as a tiny pearl diving village. Fishermen still set out on traditional wooden dhows to fill the souk on the main port, while a thick halo of mangrove swamps encircles the city, a reminder that it has been hewn out of an extreme environment and that one day nature could claim it back.
Get inspired with our curated guide of what to see and do in Abu Dhabi in four days.