From humble beginnings rise great things. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has transformed from a small fishing village into a sky-scrapered metropolis where even falcons have passports and fly in first class. Marvel at the glittering skyline of glass and steel, and at the marble domes of the Grand Mosque, one of the world’s most extravagant places of worship. Delve into the culture and history of the city-state while wandering down seaside walkways, and see the pre-oil world in the Heritage Village. With a dose of poolside relaxation and retail therapy, this is a perfect short introduction to the Emirates.

Highlights

Gaze in awe at the majestic Grand Mosque and vast array of skyscrapers dominating the city skyline

Prepare your wallet for an opulent shopping trip at Abu Dhabi's impressive malls

Drive along the perfectly manicured waterfront of Corniche

4WD into the golden sand dunes of Arabia, then experience camel riding and local culture at a Bedouin campsite