Forward thinking, cosmopolitan and home to some of the world’s most visited attractions such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi has a relaxed and traditional atmosphere, a slow thoughtfulness if you like, but still with opulence and grandeur that doesn’t look out of place. Be amazed by palace style hotels where your mid-morning cappuccino is sprinkled with gold and visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi which is home to the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’. Even the Grand Mosque welcomes you barefoot on to the world’s largest Persian carpet underneath the shimmer of Swarovski crystal chandeliers and it’s whitewashed domes look simply stunning against the backdrop of the bright blue sky.
Spend your days lazing by the pool on a private cabana with a sharing platter and bucket of ice cold beers at the Saadiyat Beach Club, located on Saadiyat Island alongside the Louvre. Or for that fast and furious vibe, head over to Yas Island for the Formula One Racetrack, Ferrari World and Warner Bros World. Abu Dhabi has 200 islands, some of which are dedicated to conservation and others that are hubs of activity with a host of different experiences.
Evenings in Dubai are a sultry affair with restaurants offering foodie experiences such as late night brunches where you can feast on fresh seafood, Spanish and Mexican style tapas, Mezze platters and Emirati specialities. As the sun and the temperature goes down, why not try go karting, a night safari at Al Ain Zoo or a sunset cruise, or simply take in the atmosphere at one of the lavish rooftop bars under a haze of shisha and a sky full of stars.