Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and it's the largest Emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Although Abu Dhabi may seem very streamlined, there are plenty of experiences in the narrow alleys.
About two million people live in Abu Dhabi and 80% are guest workers, especially from India and Pakistan. It creates a multicultural basis of experiences of all kinds.
Abu Dhabi is located next to the Persian Gulf, and looks like an ultra-modern oasis in the desert country. It is almost impossible to imagine that just 50 years ago, most residents were camel drivers.
Because Abu Dhabi has so many guest workers from all over Asia, there are plenty of opportunities to get around Asian cuisine. Almost everyone has taken their own kitchen to Abu Dhabi, so they can taste home when the days get long. That's also a treat for visitors and you won't go to bed hungry.
Abu Dhabi is a modern city with tall buildings, modern shopping centers and whatever else belongs to this category. It is the right place if you dream of buying the latest electronic equipment at a reasonable price. Sheik Zayed Street is filled with computer stores as far as the eye can see.
Abu Dhabi is not much of a backpacker destination, but it's a good stop-over destination if you are travelling between Europe and Asia/Africa/Oceania. Spend a few days here and also consider visiting Dubai.
During July and August Abu Dhabi experiences up to 50 degrees celcius, so consider if this is the time you want to visit Abu Dhabi. If you do go at this time of year you can expect up to 50% discount at hotels due to the low number of visitors during the very hot summer months.
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