Abu Dhabi Attractions:
» Al Hosn Palace - the common name for the palace is White Fort, which dates back over 200 years. This is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and houses the Cultural Foundation that has exhibits of Photographs and traditional artifacts. Also have a look at the tile work over the main gate in the courtyard.
» Heritage Village - situated in the centre of Abu Dhabi, this centre is a living exhibition of Bedouin tradition and lifestyle.
» Al Ain Museum - the nations largest museum situated in the Al Jahil Fort and houses displays on 2700BC archaelogical excavations, Bedouin artifacts, fossil relics and stone instruments.
» The Cultural Foundation - the foundation houses art exhibits, the National Archieves and the National Library. Exhibits on Islamic Arts as well as modern art and history, theatre and musical performences also take place here.
» Souq - visit this traditional market that has a number of small shops selling anything you can think of from the traditional to the modern.
Shopping in Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi is a shopper's paradise and the range of products and prices is unbeatable. Whether you choose to flex your plastic in designer boutiques or haggle in the local souks, the emirate's shopping options will not disappoint.
Gold is very competitively priced in Abu Dhabi and there are many jewellery shops around town, with the biggest concentration of outlets in the Madinat Zayed Gold Market.
Popular souvenir purchases include carpets, rugs and textiles from the region, including Iran, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, Arabian coffee pots (the symbol of hospitality), prayer beads, shisha pipes, antique silver jewellery, khanjars (curved daggers), inlaid jewellery boxes, miniature dhows, brass items and traditional wooden furniture.
ABU DHABI CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES:
» Hili Fun City - a huge amusement park that has tons of games and sports for children as well as a rollercoaster, electric train and dodgem cars.
» Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium - the zoo has an enormous collection of wildlife including endangered and rare species like the Arabian Gazelle and Arabian Oryx. There is also a large cat house, aviary and the only desert based aquarium with sea lions, penguins and over 50 species of fish.
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