Al Ain: A cool day trip from Abu Dhabi

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN) — To buy a camel in Abu Dhabi, the place to go is Ikea. Not because the Swedish furniture giant is now retailing […]

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Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi spends hefty sum on upkeep of gold

(CNN) — With a $3 billion price tag, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi was said to be the most expensive hotel to have been built when it opened in 2005. Its hallways, rooms and lobbies feature more than 1,000 Swarovski chandeliers, which bring to light the palace’s iconic golden ceilings, according to the palace. […]

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Abu Dhabi nights: 7 best things to do from dining to clubs

(CNN) — As home to some of the most epic tourist attractions in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the go-to destination for visitors who want to enjoy a more genteel pace than its flashier neighbor, Dubai. That aside, the UAE’s charming capital still packs a travel punch and is abuzz with activity, especially […]

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Abu Dhabi architecture delivers extreme surprises

Editor’s Note — Editor’s Note — CNN Travel’s series often carry sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN) — From its Bedouin past as a modest fishing and pearl diving port to the discovery and production of oil, […]

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Abu Dhabi’s best things to do on or near water

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN) — With more than 200 islands, stretches of quiet beaches and nearly eternal sunshine, Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer water lovers. Families […]

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi: Learn its secrets

Editor’s Note — Editor’s Note — CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN) — It’s Abu Dhabi‘s star attraction, attracting millions each year, yet despite the footfall, there’s a wonderful air of calm […]

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Hunting with the falcons of Abu Dhabi

(CNN) — Twelve-year-old Mohammad is the first to spot the tracks. Jumping from the SUV driven by his father, Ali, he races a few yards over the desert sands and follows them toward a small, scrubby bush. “Rabbit,” he says with a grin, pointing to the animal camouflaged against the grayish-yellow sand. And then with […]

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Abu Dhabi island-hopping: Where to go, what to see

(CNN) — In May 2018, Abu Dhabi opened a suspension bridge allowing travelers to drive or cycle over the sea. On one side was Abu Dhabi’s mainland — home of its famous mosque and Louvre museum. At the other? Al Hudayriat Island, an island that offers 600 meters (1,970 feet) of quiet beach. Al Hudayriat […]

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Qasr Al Hosn: Abu Dhabi’s oldest building reinvented — again

(CNN) — Considered the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn is arguably the most captivating site in the United Arab Emirates capital. With foundations dating back to around 1760, it also happens to be its oldest building. Surrounded by sprawling skyscrapers in the center of the city, the magnificent white fortress has served […]

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Local Emirati guides let you see the real Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi (CNN) — The best way to see a city is through the eyes of its locals, but until recently, it has been easy to visit the United Arab Emirates and never get to experience true Emirati culture. However, Emiratis of a new generation are opening their lives — and some their homes — […]

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