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Abu Dhabi

Modern marvel.

There are seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi is the largest, encompassing 200 islands and a sand dune desert. Abu Dhabi City, the capital of the federation, is a skyward-growing metropolis home to luxury hotels, five-star restaurants, thrilling attractions and historic architectural masterpieces.

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Historic generosity.

Steeped in history and traditions, Abu Dhabi’s culture focuses on hospitality. Henna artists and craftsman will demonstrate their centuries-old trades. Camel herders and falconers will introduce you to their sports. Don’t miss the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which has 80 domes, over 1,000 columns and can fit 40,000 worshippers.

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City respite.

At around 4,000 years old, Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the Al Ain Oasis, a tranquil haven in the city stretching out nearly 3,000 acres. With almost 150,000 date palms, Al Ain is full of cool, shady walkways for a peaceful stroll or two.

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Authentic adventure.

The aptly named “Empty Quarter” (Rub Al Khali) is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass. Here, sand boarding, sand skiing, camel riding and dune “bashing” in 4WD are all popular activities. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is an oasis among the sand dunes, where you can rest your head in a 'mirage palace'.

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Universal art.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the long-awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2017. Covered by a white dome with geometric openings, this haven for global art will feature artwork from around the world with a focus on bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.

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