Abu Dhabi

On a wedge-shaped island in the Arab Sea, lies the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The wide end of the wedge forms the city centre, with the picturesque corniche and its family-friendly beaches running along the coast. Despite being more conservative than its neighbouring city of Dubai, Abu Dhabi can’t seem to resist a bit of excessively flashy extravagance. Characterised by extreme opulence and unfathomable wealth, it inspires a slew of rather ridiculous superlatives. It is home to the world’s furthest leaning building, the largest indoor theme park, the fastest roller-coaster in the world, and even the largest hand-loomed carpet! What was little more than an obscure fishing village 30 years ago, is now miraculously one of the world’s most modern, state-of-the-art cities featuring rows of glitzy skyscrapers, incredibly upmarket shopping malls and world-class luxury hotels many of which offer pristine private beaches. If over-the-top attractions are what you are seeking, look no further than this mind-blowingly lavish city-state.

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