Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates and offers everything from luxury hotels, shopping malls, desert safaris and sandy beaches to museums, ancient forts, theme parks and wildlife reserves.
Mesmerising culture, majestic scenery and frequently misunderstood, the Middle East is a place that demands your full attention. Encompassing the vast desert regions between Eurasia and Africa, this area is in a touristic sense one of the world’s least developed, owing mainly to its social conservatism and political instability,meaning you should exercise caution in parts. But it is also one of the most rewarding places you could ever hope to visit, and once there you will experience first-hand the famous hospitality and warmth of its people.
No other area can claim to have had such an enormous impact on the development of human civilisation: it was here, after all, that three of the world’s major religions were born - Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
But then, just when you think you’ve got the region figured out, you’ll find yourself ascending the tallest building in the world in Dubai. Or swinging clubs on the immaculate and verdant golf courses of Abu Dhabi. Or sipping champagne at some of the most exclusive nightclubs on the planet in Beirut. Or gawping at the sparkling shopping plazas of Muscat.
"I haven't been everywhere, but it’s on my list" - Susan Sontag