Fly Etihad to Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi is more accessible than you might think: Etihad Airways flies nonstop from New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, with connections across the U.S. Upon landing, one of the first Abu Dhabi icons to both welcome and dazzle: the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (pictured above).Learn More
Find a welcoming culture.
Under a pink-hued sunset, meander forts, archaeological sites and museums that highlight Islamic history. Favorites include Al Ain (home to a camel market) and Al Jahili Fort. The Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will soon open, a sign that this UAE capital values preservation of the world's culture and its own.Learn More
Be wowed by architecture.
Abu Dhabi's 18th-century forts are complemented by sculpted skyscrapers and masterful feats of engineering inspiring "oohs" and "aahs" from visitors. See the world's farthest-leaning tower, Hyatt Capital Gate (above left), and the world's only circular building, The Aldar Building (above right).Learn More
Ride camels & more.
Escape the city for a sojourn in the desert, where Abu Dhabi has its roots. Beautiful silence accompanies the cinnamon swirl of colors on the sand during a gentle camel ride. At night, while sitting near a campfire with friendly Bedouins, you'll swear that someone tossed sand up to the sky -- and the grains of sand turned into stars.Learn More
From falcons to Ferraris.
Falcons are treated like family members in the UAE -- they often get a special seat on the plane. Learn about them with a falconry lesson or visit to The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Roller coasters and sports cars more your speed? Head to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world's fastest coaster.Learn More