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    Breakwater

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    The Breakwater is located just near the Marina Mall. It is part of a reclaimed land connected by a causeway to the corniche. The beachfront walkways are an extension of the corniche project. From here you can have a spectacular views of the city.
    A nice place just to sit and feel the cool breeze esp during sunset til night.

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    Tallest Flagpole in Abu Dhabi

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    The Tallest Flagpole (unsupported) can be found in Abu Dhabi, about 123m tall. Formerly known as the tallest unsupported flagpole in the world not until Jordan erected their own about 3 meters higher (126m).

    You can see this Flagpole like a welcoming hand from afar. Located near the Marina Mall and the Sports Club.

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    Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club is the organizing body for local and international water sports event. This includes jetski races, powerboat events and other traditional watersports. Though it is exclusive for members and their guests, still you can have a look from the breakwater or the corniche. Luxury yachts and jet ski's can be seen ducked near the breakwater.

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    Watch towers

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    There are many watch towers that you will still notice standing tall on the hill tops of the UAE during your off road driving adventures. The watch towers were built to warn the inhabitants of villages of approaching bandits.

    The design of the watch towers is characteristically human face shaped with a nose, ears two eyes.

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    safari tour

    by paragianna75 Written Feb 19, 2008

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    Absolutely a must! Its very touristic but believe me has a lot of fun and in one day you can experience a lot :) Book with one of million companies a tour that starts usually at 16:00 till 21.00-22.00.It starts from a visit to a camel farm where you socialize with camels lol and take a look of how these farms look like.After that you go with the 4x4 car in dunes and the big party begins!Remember that if you ate late that day you will have problems with the stomach, adrenaline comes in big amounts.At first I was closing my eyes but then I was losing the fun so hold tight and enjoy it!A short stop for relaxing as the sun sets in desert and then we went to a beduins camp where we had tea or coffee and buffet with lebanese food mmmm.You can have a hena tattoo (I did), smoke from nargile and put some beduins clothes on.At the end we all took part to a belly dance trying to follow the movements of the dancer he he
    In desert it is very cold at night so dont forget to have some extra clothes with you

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    Mosque

    by arty_girl Written Jul 17, 2011

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    Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque the main thing to do in Abu Dhabi in my opinion. It's absolutely idyllic and I adored spending an hour there. The building is so white,imposing & spectacular, inside is very grand and colourful. I went in July and it wasn't too busy (most tourists avoid this time of year because of the heat!) It's also free... take some water though and I couldnt see anywhere to buy stuff like this!

    Dress conservatively, especially if you're a lady. I got stared at even though I was wearing long linen trousers and a very baggy long sleeved top. When you arrive, ladies will be told not to enter and directed towards a room where you can pick up an Abaya to wear (the black arabic costume) You must then go behind a screen to place this over your own clothes. You are then allowed to enter the mosque grounds, if you want to go inside everyone (even men) have to remove their shoes and leave them outside. There's lovely soft carpet inside and I entirely understand their thinking here.

    It's an amazing, enriching cultural experience and if you do nothing else in Abu Dhabi, do this!

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  • camel trek in the desert at sunset

    by tglenn57 Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    now this may look easy but my muscles were surprisingly sore for a few days after. make sure that your "saddle" (i use the term loosely) is on tight or you will end up on your camel's ënd" like i did. (this may explain the sore muscles.)
    you will be driven out to the dunes once again where you will meet your camels.
    pay careful attention to this next bit of info: hold on very tight when the camel stands up or lays down. they are very tall beasts and if you fall it will hurt. i promise.
    you can arrange a trek for just you or a group.
    it is awesome to plod slowly along with the wind stirring the sand up in little puffs and the sun is enormous and red low in the sky. complete silence.
    if you want you can ask your guide to make the camels gallop and you can race along the red sands together.

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    The beautiful sand dunes of LIWA

    by chizz Updated Apr 14, 2010

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    Liwa is located around 150kms SSW of Abu Dhabi on the edge of the Rub' al Khali desert. There are many date farms here and some of the highest dunes in the region - the Moreeb Dune reaching 300m in height. Every year the region is host to the Liwa Festival where visitors can enjoy off road driving events and camel racing.
    My husband and I visited Liwa in April, 2010 and stayed at the 4 star (very generous rating!) Liwa Hotel. We drove to see the famous Moreeb Dune and took lots of photos of the other dunes and of the sunset. There is very little else to do in the region, other than see the dunes and relax by the pool but it's nice to leave the city and escape to the tranquility of this region.
    There are only a handful of hotels in the area, such as the Liwa Hotel, Liwa Rest House and Tilal Liwa Hotel (at Zayed City, before reaching Liwa) - this being the best of the bunch as it is brand new and a lovely little place to stay.

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  • dune bashing

    by tglenn57 Updated Mar 24, 2003

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    there are many local tour companies in abu dhabi that will drive you and your friends way out to the desert so you can be scared-to-death. i'm not kidding.
    you will fly over the tops of enormous dunes, skid out, slide down, and up, catch some air in a 4wd with a young kamikaze at the wheel. if you scream it just encourages him to drive a little wilder. after a few minutes you calm down and begin to accept that death is imminent ...you've been warned.

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    The ADIA Building

    by MM212 Updated Nov 24, 2011

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    Completed in 2007, this 38-floor building was once Abu Dhabi's highest structure. It houses the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the oil-rich emirate's sovereign wealth fund, one of the world's largest and most respected investors. The elegant building looks like a folding curtain, said to be inspired by the shifting sand dunes of Arabia, and dominates the centre of Abu Dhabi's impressive corniche. It is one of the city's most beautiful modern structures, one that won several international awards for architecture. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates - KPF.

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    Fishing, Arabian Divers & Sportfishing Charters

    by amna24 Updated Dec 22, 2007

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    Offshore sport fishing charters offered daily. There’s excellent fishing year round in big game sportfishing. Twin diesel sportfishing boat and tournament tackle.

    Snorkelling and diving boat charters available daily, sightseeing trips are available too. There are on site facilities and professional instruction. Greg Heinricks also offers retail sales and equipment servicing. East coast excursions are available on request.

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    Rent a Bike

    by Delia_Madalina Updated Feb 20, 2012

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    Abu Dhabi is not coming even close to the European bike-friendly cities but the Municipality is working on it. This doesn't meet you one can't enjoy a ride around the most beautiful part of the city: the Corniche.

    You can rent a bike for AED 30 (approx USD 11/hour) and use the 6 km long bikes-only lane along the Corniche. I particularly recommend this at sunset as you can use it as a good opportunity to take some beautiful pictures of the Abu Dhabi Theatre and the Heritage Village. There are a number of shops and cafe where you can buy some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from or sit and enjoy a light meal.

    For those interested in organized cycling routes across the UAE, the best contact point is DubaiRoadsters.com

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    Khalifa bin Zayed Street

    by MM212 Updated Nov 2, 2008

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    Khalifa bin Zayed Street (known as Khalifa Street) is a main artery that cuts through the heart of the business district of Abu Dhabi. Many of the city's banks and other businesses are headquartered here, therefore it is a showcase of some of the city's most impressive architecture. It runs parallel to the Corniche in the northwest corner of the island of Abu Dhabi.

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    shopping malls

    by paragianna75 Written Feb 18, 2008

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    Visit one of the many malls in Abu Dhabi.Its the place where all Arabs meet with their families and enjoy shopping.You can find all the brands and if you visit the place during sales period you will need for sure another suitcase for the things you will buy! :)
    Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi is 2 of the malls I visited.Remember that Friday and Saturday are days off for the UAE and most of the shops are closed.

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    Al Ain Zoo

    by paragianna75 Written Feb 19, 2008

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    A quite big zoo, clean with a lot of animals and especially a lot of cat species.There is a train that takes you around but its more fun to walk and take your time.Dont miss the penguins department I spent 40 min inside!!Those penguins have fun, and they are very social with the visitors :))

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