Abu Dabhi: A Cultural Tour of the UAE's Capital City

Abu Dabhi: A Cultural Tour of the UAE's Capital City

Abu Dabhi: A Cultural Tour of the UAE's Capital City

The city of Abu Dhabi is located on an island in the Persian Gulf, off the Central West Coast. 

Most of the city and the Emirate reside on the mainland connected to the rest of the country. 

As of 2020, Abu Dhabi's urban area had an estimated population of 1.48 million, about 2.9 million in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as of 2016.

The Beginning of Abu Dhabi

The history of Abu Dhabi begins on a hill in the area known as Deira, where H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan came from. This area was known as "Thal". 

According to Sheikh Zayed's descendant Khalifa Khalifa Al Nahyan, the area was inhabited for about 7,000 years prior to its occupation by the first Arab settlers. 

During the fourteenth century, the ruler of Ajman called his Al-Ajman dynasty to occupy Thal as a base for piracy against the Portuguese and against those who are believed to have pillaged the treasures of the Prophet in Mecca. 

Al-Ajman Sultan Al-Waleed Al-Habtoor, whose son was the Ruler of Dubai, led the raiding team, at first with the help of Portuguese ships, and later with more local ones.

What to expect in the city of Abu Dhabi

Located in the eastern region of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi has approximately 14.5 square miles (37.5 sq km). The city of Abu Dhabi is separated into two sections: the Capital Area and the Northern Emirates. 

The Capital Area is the city of Abu Dhabi, the "garden city," and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The northern Emirates consist of Al Dhafra, Al Ain, Al Hamra, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah. 

The city of Abu Dhabi is a modern cosmopolitan city. The emirate hosts multiple universities and colleges as well as the largest military base in the United Arab Emirates. 

Like Dubai, Abu Dhabi has adopted a "culture of living" and a "city of dreams." The city is home to about 10 mosques, 12 museums and libraries, three opera houses, six museums and galleries, and 25,000 cultural centres.

Top Attractions in Abu Dhabi

Al Maryah Island Al Maryah Island, also known as Pearl Island, has the UAE's only man-made island. The island was created in the late 1970s to be a green playground, but over the years it became the favoured spot for parties, concerts, and expos. 

Many venues, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, are located on this island. A few hotels are also located on the island. Bait Al Oula The Bait Al Oula (Pearl Catcher) is a free-standing sculpture, built of polished shells and strung with colourful ribbons. 

The principal attraction of the Fisherman's Wharf area, the landmark was built in 2009. Etihad Museum The Etihad Museum is a dedicated space for the history and culture of Abu Dhabi. 

The museum is located on Saadiyat Island, on the far side of the marina.

Shopping in Abu Dhabi

Among the places to shop in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is Al Baha Souk in Al Baha in Abu Dhabi. Here you can find all sorts of Middle Eastern souvenirs. 

One interesting item in the souk is a ring-shaped like an ostrich egg. It costs around AUD $40 and is often worn on special occasions. 

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Nightlife in Abu Dhabi

The city is home to some of the world's most illustrious nightspots. The city has excellent bars, clubs, and restaurants. From discos to nightclubs, the city offers multiple venues for enjoying the local culture and taste. 

There is no shortage of clubs with varying sound and lighting levels. For a truly all-inclusive evening, visit the nightclub Al Andalus. 

Al Andalus has a wide variety of room options ranging from walk-in VIP rooms to plush suites with private pools. 

The VIP rooms, which are actually suites, can be purchased with à la carte amenities including soft drinks, bottled water, and gourmet chocolates, but can also be upgraded to include a full spread from the restaurant.


Abu Dhabi is a welcoming city and a unique blend of architectural styles. It is worth a visit for everyone, who is interested in culture, heritage and luxury.

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