His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is President of the UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Culture, history and adventure are encapsulated in Abu Dhabi, a true city of contrasts. Experience the UAE capital and its changing skyline, and enjoy a wealth of attractions & heritage, a variety of hotels & restaurants, and an array of sporting & recreation facilities. Zoom to the pace of a speedboat tour of the capital’s coastline, take a walk (or cycle) on the signature Corniche, tune to the sound of unique Arabian entertainment while enjoying a delicious dhow cruise dinner, or take your time to explore the city in an open top double-decker bus.
Find out more about Abu Dhabi’s religion and traditions with a visit to one of the world's most impressive mosques, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque www.szgmc.ae. This architectural marvel features 80 domes, over 1,000 columns, gold plated chandeliers, the world's largest hand woven carpet with the most knots and space for 40,000 worshippers.
A trip to the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater will allow you to step back in time to a traditional desert lifestyle. Bargain with souvenir sellers and watch craftsmen at work producing pottery, weaving and metal work.
For a glimpse of the future, take a cab to Saadiyat Island www.saadiyat.ae, and experience the 'The Saadiyat Story' - a permanent interactive display, at the dedicated exhibition centreManarat Al Saadiyat, bringing the island’s history and cultural vision to life.While on the island, don’t miss the striking dune-shaped structure of the UAE Pavilion, a new landmark exhibition and events venue, moved piece by piece from Shanghai, where it welcomed almost two million visitors to the UAE’s national exhibition during the World Expo 2010.
For a true adrenaline rush experience, take a trip to Yas Island’s Ferrari World Abu Dhabi www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com - the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. The park tells the Ferrari story with passion and excitement through more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences.
Experience the Yas Marina Circuit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae louder, faster and in person: if you are a motorsport fan, a track experience will be a lasting memory. Yas Racing School offers a variety of options, for all tastes. Track day packages include ‘Driver Experiences’, ‘Passenger Experiences’, ‘Private Driving Tuition’ programmes and ‘Racing Licence Courses’.
Diversity of experiences characterise Abu Dhabi’s great golf offering – whether it’s championship-ready parkland, ocean or Links facilities, a gentle urban centre course or the sheer uniqueness of a world-class ‘sand’ course, Abu Dhabi’s got compelling choices. For more info, visit www.golfinabudhabi.com
Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it’s so diverse: everything from ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like outlets where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets. Find out more about Abu Dhabi at www.visitabudhabi.ae