Abu Dhabi is the second largest city and the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi directly translates to “Father of Gazelle” in Arabic. Abu Dhabi is known to be home to the fastest rollercoaster in the world, the largest hand loomed carpet and the highest high tea venue in the world. In Abu Dhabi, hotel resort options are quite abundant as guests can choose from a variety of accommodation from budget hotels to luxury properties such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara. Visitors to the city are given an ounce of dazzle and sparkle when they set foot on to the Emirate.

When visiting Abu Dhabi, immerse yourself in the emirate’s rich culture and history. Head to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as your first part of your first visit to the city, as it is one of the most significant and iconic landmarks in the emirate. The mosque was initiated by the first president of the UAE, who was later buried at the mosque grounds. The materials used for the building range from Greek marble, gold, semi precious stones, crystals and many more, most of which are from Germany, Turkey, India, China, etc. Unlike other mosques in the region, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is open for visitors. However be advised that visitors are expected to cover their ankles and wrists, and anyone dressed inappropriately will be given an appropriate attire such as the burqa.

For those seeking for some fun, visit Ferrari World – home to the fastest roller coaster in the world. Abu Dhabi is also home to the world class Formula 1 circuit, where the races are held every November. The temperatures of Abu Dhabi usually average above 35 degrees Celsius and can get quite hot during the summer months from June to September. Majority of the climate is hot and dry.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.