A visit to Abu Dhabi is not complete without soaking oneself in the most pristine beaches in the city. UAE surprisingly has a number of islands with beautiful white-sand beaches. The most famous is probably Lulu Island.
Believe it or not, Lulu Island is a 1000 acre man-made structure started in 1988 and land reclamation was completed in 1992. For a time, the island was on a hiatus. It was closed to the public after much development was dropped. Fortunately, the government made some changes in the island and was opened to the public in 2007. The objective of the Lulu island development is to create a special world of experience, combining entertainment with the cultural, recreational and leisure elements and to offer amenities which include marinas, gardens, canals, botanical gardens, children play zones and a variety of resort accommodations.
In 2007, basic facilities were available for the public to enjoy. The island stretches up to 7 kilometers in length. Two restaurants were opened to the public as well as four coffee shops. The best asset of the island is the long stretches of white sand and changing rooms and cafeterias were available. Two artificial fresh water lakes were also built. The island also housed a Mosque.
The master plan shows a permanent bridge to and from the Island and Abu Dhabi. This will make transportation easier and make the island more accessible to the public. This bridge will contribute to the materialization of Abu Dhabi as one of the best metropolis in the world.
Abu Dhabi is a very promising city. In fact, it has gone beyond what everyone has expected. The place has become a traveler’s haven for its unique Arabian hospitality, its shopping centers, its magnificent architectural success and most of all, the mystifying culture. The UAE is not just an oil country, or the country in the desert, it is the country of beauty, riches, luxury, comfort and coziness all at once. Definitely, Abu Dhabi is a must see and a place to experience.
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