Abu Dhabi Tourism

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The magnificent and sprawling city of Abu Dhabi was once a remote fishing village till about 40-45 years ago. The transition from the fishing and pearling village to the modern and gleaming city of today took over 200 years. The discovery of oil about 50 years ago, transformed the entire region to one of the richest and best tourist destinations in the world. This prosperity is reflected in the modern constructions, architecture, shopping malls, real estate development, and development of Abu Dhabi tourism.

Abu Dhabi is an important tourist hub in the Middle East and there is a heavy flow of tourists almost throughout the year, barring a couple of extremely hot summer months. It is the safest tourist destination in the whole world and Abu Dhabi offers the best tourist facilities. Abu Dhabi tourism has made this a prominent shopping destination with most of the tourists concentrating on shopping.

Abu Dhabi TourismAbu Dhabi plays a vital role in promoting tourism and tourist related activities. A tourist to Abu Dhabi finds a whole lot of activities waiting for him/her. To any visitor here, Abu Dhabi is a paradise on earth. Fun filled activities including shopping and bargaining in the market, riding a camel in the desert, driving in an air-conditioned car, going to a Bedouin camp and partaking of their hospitality, and dining in the only revolving restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Any of these activities is bound to bring out the child within you and make you enjoy any event and remember it as an experience of a lifetime.

October to April is the ideal time to visit Abu Dhabi. There are a number of attractions in and around Abu Dhabi, and a few of them are:

The White Fort, which was once the home of the ruling family, is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and one of the most prominent destinations that Abu Dhabi Tourism flaunts. It is now a Documentation and Research Center and museum. A Heritage Village now stands in the middle of Abu Dhabi and is reminiscent of the lifestyle, traditions, and cultures of the Bedouins and other tribes. The Cultural Foundation displays a weekly art exhibition. It also houses a library, theatre auditorium, and lecture halls. This is renowned as a cultural centre. The Corniche is a 6 kilometer long road stretching from the Sheraton to the Hilton. Several gardens are lined along the road making this one of the most beautiful places in Abu Dhabi.

The best part of Abu Dhabi tourism is its shopping experience. Abu Dhabi is a veritable shoppers’ paradise. It has a number of shopping plazas and malls that display the most modern and exclusive international brands. People from all over the world come to Abu Dhabi for their shopping. This is especially evident during the Shopping Festival which is held every March. You can visit the old market which is called the Souk and you can practically bargain for everything – from a pin to a car.

Abu Dhabi tourism has lined up a number of attractive things you could do, especially shopping. Are you planning to come to Abu Dhabi for this year’s Shopping Festival?