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A day out on the waters never seemed so much fun as made by the Al Dhafra company. These trips around the city and other interesting locations are conducted in Dhows that are traditional sailing ships of the Arabs. Al Dhafra has a fleet of five such Dhows, namely, Al Tawash, Al Toofan, Al Nokotha, Al Falah and Al Sameen (the last two are air conditioned). The company organizes these trips at your convenience and food can be served on board as well. One can even hire these boats for personal functions, fishing excursions or as a tourist ride. Call ahead for more details.
If you intend to experience the local life of Abu Dhabi, then a visit to the Bateen Shipyard is a must. This age old shipyard has been manufacturing boats, since long. Though, the craftsmen no longer build traditional wooden vessels, you can watch them building modern racing boats and yachts. Do visit Bateen Shipyard, while you are in Abu Dhabi
At the west end of the Abu Dhabi Corniche is an area popularly known as Tourist Club Ara. As the name suggests, its the area in the city which is concentrated with visitors from all over the globe nearly all year round. It is here that you would find the maximum numbers of hotels, dining as well as entertainment spots. One can get a first hand taste at Abu Dhabi's rich contrasts, a common ground for both traditionality as well as modernity. The are has the swankiest hotels and yet open their doors with Arabian hospitality. You can do wholesome shopping for gifts from the east at the Al Meena souq which is a market place bustling with antiques dealers, carpet salesmen and filled with the aroma of arabic coffee and attar . But closeby is one of Abu Dhabi's biggest shopping destination, the Abu Dhabi mall which boasts expansive floors of everything from diamond jewelry to Parisian fashion labels. From the shopping to the food, both tourist and locals seek to discover this exciting part of town.
Al Maryah Island is a planned city developed over 114 hectares (281.7 acres), with a number of shops, restaurants, hotels, residences and business complexes. The center of the city is the Sowwah Square which will be home to the new Stock Exchange of Abu Dhabi. However, the drawcard of Al Maryah Island is The Galleria which is an Arabic-style building that houses numerous shopping and dining destinations offering luxury goods and haute cuisine.
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi Headquarters Building is the second tallest building after Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in Abu Dhabi. Standing at the height of 568 feet tall, this edifice is an architectural splendor. This building houses many commercial offices and is a major landmark of the city.
The traditional souks or markets in English are being converted into modern shopping malls of international standards. And the Central Market in Abu Dhabi is one such venture. Aldar developments in conjunction with well-known British architects will further transform this entire complex into a multi-purpose facility. Various parts like 'The Souk', 'Emporium', 'Trust Tower' and 'The Domain' will complete the Central Market. Numerous international fashion labels, restaurants serving world cuisine, five star hotels and commercial complexes of the best companies will all be a part of this mega market. Three tall towers which are a part of the Central Park project will comprise of residential, commercial and hotel towers respectively. Please look out for this place when you plan your trip to Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower is Abu Dhabi's tallest tower. Standing at a height of 607 feet with forty floors, this tower houses many offices including a major oil export company. The nearby car park area boasts of a rooftop recreational center. At night this architectural wonder is a sight of marvel.
Home to Late President of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Manhal Palace is spread over an area of 143 acres and is nestled amidst lush green surroundings. Centrally located, this palace reminds one of its deep rooted past that has witnessed numerous important historical events. Sporting a beige and a brown facade, Al Manhal remained in its original structure for almost 20 years, although recently the government has made plans to renovate this monument and re-establish its grandness. The street encircling the palace consists of several shops, hotels and residential towers.