As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi stands as a testament to the industrious nation and just how far it has come in the last several decades.
This is a city that looks to the future with gleaming towers and robust commerce defining its economy. Largely built on a series of islands connected by a series of majestic bridges, cultural ties to a history going back thousands of years blend in organically with the forward-looking initiatives of the government, making for a unique mix of the future and the past.
Almost 1.5 million people live in Abu Dhabi, making it the second-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates behind Dubai. Everything from splendorous palaces to grand mosques draws visitors to gaze upon the marvelous local architecture. But there are also plenty of more modern diversions to be found here. Explore areas such as Saadiyat Island for the luxury beaches, The Corniche for some seaside sightseeing, Yas Island for family fun, the Mina Fish Market to shop for seafood, or perhaps venture into the Rub Al Khali desert, the largest contiguous landmasses in the world.