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A warm, vibrant hub at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa: Abu Dhabi is a city that bridges cultures and continents

Alongside the city’s soaring skyscrapers, you’ll find astonishing natural and cultural wonders to explore, from islands teeming with wildlife, to the ancient treasures of the desert

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On the map

Located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Thanks to its position at the nexus of three continents, Abu Dhabi benefits from unrivalled global connectivity – with 80 per cent of the world’s population reachable within an eight-hour flight.

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City of islands

Once a humble pearl-diving settlement, modern Abu Dhabi offers a unique proposition: it’s a futuristic city of gleaming towers, overlooking a natural landscape of islands, coastline and waterways. Hop between its different centres to wildlife reserves, dance parties, historic sites and luxury hotels. Here, there’s an island for everyone.

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Emirati culture

The soul of Abu Dhabi lies in its rich heritage and customs. Emirati people are renowned for their hospitality and welcoming attitude to visitors, and for a culture that straddles old and new, combining camel racing with Formula 1, soaring contemporary architecture with centuries-old forts and traditional dress with high fashion.

Abu Dhabi is an outward-facing city that celebrates both its past and a global future

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Celebrating culture

Abu Dhabi takes great pride in its inclusive, multicultural society, where people of all nationalities and creeds happily coexist. The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a monument to this goal. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, it is a labour of devotion that includes 82 domes, kilometres of inlaid marble and pools that reflect its hundreds of pristine white arches.

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Honouring heritage

The Founder’s Memorial is an emblem of how the city mixes modern dynamism with a deep cultural sensibility. Here, it pays homage to the UAE's beloved late leader and founder, Sheikh Zayed, with a three-dimensional portrait that is both a technical and aesthetic wonder.

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Connecting minds

The Louvre Abu Dhabi lies at the epicentre of the city’s burgeoning arts, culture and design scene. The Jean Nouvel-designed museum houses 12 linked galleries and stunning outdoor spaces partly submerged in the sea, beneath a spectacular perforated dome that allows a “rain of light” to penetrate during the day. Inside, interlocking galleries trace the history of humanity’s artistic achievements from the Neolithic period to the current day.

Did you know?

Abu Dhabi’s population is made up of more than 200 nationalities

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A desert turned green

Abu Dhabi is making concerted efforts to sustain the abundant flora and fauna that flourishes in its mountains, deserts, wadis (ravines) and sabkhas (salt flats). Among them are the Environment Agency’s efforts to reintroduce the Arabian and Scimitar-horned Oryx – and its preservation work with several species of falcon.

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City in the sun

Year-round sunshine makes Abu Dhabi the perfect home for lovers of the great outdoors. Whether it’s white-sand beaches and thrilling waterparks, or cycling tracks and palm-fringed promenades, the city is brimming with opportunities to make the most of the great weather.

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On the stage

Enjoy the city’s busy calendar of live shows, from big-name stadium acts and headlining comedians at Yas Island’s large-scale entertainment venues, to more intimate spoken-word poetry recitals at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Rooftop Rhythm nights.

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Cultural attractions

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Aside from the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Founder's Memorial, there are plenty of other unmissable cultural monuments in the city, including Qasr al Hosn – the city's oldest building – and Wahat al Karama, a memorial to the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

What's on in Abu Dhabi

Whether you're into music, food or exploring local heritage, Abu Dhabi offers year-round events to keep you and your family entertained.

Weekend destinations

Living in Abu Dhabi means having easy access to a long list of destinations within the emirate that are perfect for a weekend trip away, including Sir Bani Yas island, Al Ain, and the vast expanses of the Empty Quarter and Liwa deserts.

If it’s a longer road trip you're after, the northern tip of Oman – known as the Musandam Peninsula – is a four-hour drive north, where you can dive, snorkel and see pods of dolphins. A six-hour drive east will take you to Oman's spectacular mountains and wadis.

Abu Dhabi’s fantastic location also offers easy access to the Maldives, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and India – all of which are just a four-hour flight away.

Conservation work

Abu Dhabi is working hard to preserve its indigenous flora and fauna. Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is a five sq km marshy wetland area that is home to more than 250 species of birds, from Black Winged Stilts to Greater Spotted Eagles, as well as around 4,000 Greater Flamingos.

Bu Tinah island, 150km off the west coast of Abu Dhabi, has been recognised by the UN as one of the most important sanctuaries in the Indian Ocean for Green and Hawksbill turtles.

On land, great progress has been made to reintroduce the Arabian and Scimitar-horned Oryx, as well as preserving some species of falcon.

Discover local culture

From camel races to dhow races, modern Abu Dhabi is built upon its rich traditions - many of which are still practised today.

Apply for a tourist visa

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE, and visitors from the following countries are given a free-of-charge entry visa on entering Abu Dhabi International Airport: Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Vatican State.

All other nationalities must arrange a tourist, transit or visit visa prior to their trip.

How can I find a place to stay?

Abu Dhabi has accommodation ranging from downtown boutique hotels to luxury beachside resorts.