As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the richest of the seven Emirates. Its capital city, Abu Dhabi, is a thriving metropolis which has developed into the country’s centre of political and industrial activities, and is also a significant cultural and commercial centre. Traditionally more conservative than Dubai, it has a regimented legal system and is deeply rooted in tradition.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007. It is the largest mosque in the country and the third largest in the world, and was ordered to be built by the first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. Please note the Mosque is closed for tourism activities on Friday mornings and opens again to the public at 16:30. It is important to adhere to the dress code when visiting the Mosque.
Al Ain Palace Museum was built in 1937 and is located on the western edge of the Al Ain Oasis. It was made into a museum in 1998, being considered a symbol and a memorial for the modern history of Abu Dhabi Emirate and the UAE.
Al Jahili Fort is one of the largest castles in Abu Dhabi. It was established in 1891 around the Al Jahili Oasis for the protection of palm farmers.
Etihad Antiques Gallery was created by two art aficionados, Emirati Khalid Seddiq Al-Mutawa and German-Syrian Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim. The gallery features antique pieces as well as contemporary works by local artists.
Qasr Al Hosn was constructed in 1761. Also known as the White Fort, it is the Emirate’s first permanent structure and was home to the ruling Al Nahyan family.
Umm Al Emarat Park was originally called the Mushrif Park. The newly renamed Umm Al Emarat Park has recently reopened after extensive renovation with the purpose of providing community-focused educational and recreational venues and experiences.
For more information on Abu Dhabi please visit www.visitabudhabi.ae, where you can also book tickets to attractions and tours.
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