Just about 50 years ago, Abu Dhabi was a little more than a fishing village with a few buildings, a fort and barashi huts. You will be surprised at how much this has changed over the years. This green, attractive and beautiful city just appears to be hitting its stride with numerous transformational changes that are steering it forward at a fast pace. The island was remarkably refashioned to reach the peak of its industrial and oil progress.
Being one of the richest cities in the world, the UAE capital has everything to show that it is anything but subtle. Home to some of the richest Arabs, it also presents several exciting new adventures. Have a general feel of a local sheiks lifestyle by indulging in some of the superlatives such as the world fastest roller-coaster, visiting the world most expensive hotel and the world’s most expensive mosque, just to mention a few.
The mix of cultures and the strong commitment to a local heritage has resulted in a mix of new and old. Deeply rooted in the Islamic way of life, the city is a true reflection of Islam’s commitment to hospitality and tolerance. Foreigners are allowed to practice their own religions and the dress code is liberal. You will be charmed by the hospitality and general welcoming nature of Abu Dhabi’s residents.
The city has several international as well as local private and public schools. Teaching is also offered in several languages. All schools are under the mandate of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. A range of programmes and initiatives are also in place to enhance the knowledge and understanding of Abu Dhabi’s culture.
Cold nights, summer temperatures and sandstorms are not uncommon when you go for Abu Dhabi holidays. These extremities in temperature require different options for all times of the day. A typical day for a local would begin with a cup of strong Arabic coffee. With a variety of activities to keep you busy when out on Abu Dhabi holidays, you can end the day with a night out at one of the numerous hotel bars or sheesha cafes in the city.
The impressive capital of the UAE is indeed a very prime location for real estate investments. Being a pulsating headquarters for finance, business and property investments, real estate is a booming industry. Thanks to the new estate and property laws, the city is catching up with the likes of Dubai in terms of urban developments.
There are no trade barriers relating to real estate in Abu Dhabi. This opens the doors for investors and real estate business capitalists. This is in addition to the fact that there are no corporate or income taxes that are levied on property investments. The competitive cost of owning property is also a huge contributing factor to the city’s boom.
Living in Abu Dhabi is a fruitful experience on its own. From the green themed parks, the aesthetic beauty of top of the range buildings to the weather, you can never really imagine this kind of life in a desert region. The city also boasts some of the best communication channels and you can enjoy the sunny and azure blue sky most of the time.
UAE residents wear their traditional dress in public for both casual as well as formal occasions. For women, a long, loose black robe that covers their normal clothes and a headscarf are quite common. Men mostly wear a white shirt-like garment that is full length complemented by a red or white checked headdress (ghutra). The ghutra is secured with a black cord.
Shopping, much like in any other huge city is a national pastime in Abu Dhabi. There is so much diversity with everything from huge malls to small outlets where you can get traditional spices, carpets and perfumes. Huge malls are open round the clock but most shops open from around 10am to 10pm.
There are numerous dining options in Abu Dhabi. In fact, you will be spoilt for choice at the diversity and sheer volume of choice that is available. Restaurants offer a vibrant mix of international flavours. You can also sample the traditional dishes and enjoy the culinary richness of traditional gulf food.
With a rich history and culture, numerous attractions and pretty much everything you would expect of high living standards, Abu Dhabi is more than just a tourist destination. The life is a blend of urban and traditional culture offering the best of both worlds. The city is home to many and it never runs out of exciting events and activities.
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