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Amazing Abu Dhabi

When you think of the United Arab Emirates, your first thought is probably of the shining city of Dubai – a place of glamour, excess and wealth. Abu Dhabi is the smaller and less well-known of the two major cities in the UAE, but this doesn’t mean it should be overlooked by visitors.

Immerse yourself in Emirati heritage

Visit the Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village that provides an interesting glimpse into a way of life that is long gone in Abu Dhabi. At this village there are workshops where craftsmen and women demonstrate traditional skills, such as weaving, spinning, metal work and pottery.

Get a taste of Emirati roots by visiting some of the city’s traditional markets and taking in the mass of sights and sounds that goes with it. Remember to haggle with the vendors if you want to purchase anything for a true Emirati experience!

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the country and is thought to be one of the most important sites for worship in the world. The mosque is named after the first president of the UAE, who also was responsible for launching the build project.

With the ability to host more than forty thousand worshippers, this mosque is on a grand scale. There are more than eighty marble domes, one thousand pillars and four minarets more than one hundred metres high, that make sure this mosque is something truly special.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of very few in this region that permits non-Muslims to visit. Mosque etiquette requires all visitors to wear loose, ankle-length trousers or skirts, and women should wear a headscarf, which can be borrowed at the mosque.

Wander along the Corniche

The Corniche stretches for four miles along the coastline and offers stunning views of the towering city skyline, the Capital Gate building – the building with the largest man-made lean in the world.

There are plenty of places of interest to stop off and check out during a walk along the Corniche, which has cycle paths, beautiful fountains, beaches and park areas too. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon in the city.

Be entertained on Yas Island

Just thirty minutes from downtown, visitors will find Yas Island, a man-made island that is home to Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, Yas Waterworld, Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This is the ideal place for both couples and families to visit and enjoy all of the exciting leisure options that it has to offer.

Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular locations we charter private jets to. Abu Dhabi is conveniently located just 31 miles from both Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport. To charter a private jet to or from Abu Dhabi contact us today for a quote.