Abu Dhabi is the capital and the Abu Dhabi Emirate, which is the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates. Abu Dhabi is the second most populous city and the country’s center of political, industrial, cultural and commercial activities.
Abu Dhabi has hot desert climate and sunny blue skies can be expected throughout the year. Nearly all hotels and private clubs in Abu Dhabi offer swimming facilities, usually in the form of private beaches. There are parks such as Al Safa Pak that visitors can enjoy playing tennis, volleyball, soccer and more. Al Safa Park, which is one of the oldest parks in Abu Dhabi, offers Barbeques and picnic facility as well. Desert Safari or Dune Bashing is one of the popular tourist activities available. The drivers will take the visitors for a roller-coaster ride over sand dunes, show them the sunset from a strategic vantage point and then take you to a lavish dinner with music and dance to complete the atmosphere. The Camel Race Track is one of the more unusual attractions, with races being held on Thursday and Friday during the winter. Within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which extends all the way south to the Empty Quarter and east to the mountains of Oman, there are pristine waterfalls, cliffs lined with fossils, even freshwater lakes.
Some of the landmarks include Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the most beautiful mosques around the globe. The Corniche is Abu Dhabi’s spectacular waterfront stretches for 6km from the Breakwater near Marina Shopping Mall almost up to the Mina Zayed port. Many family friendly activities such as go-cart riding, playgrounds and even stages for shows are available. Other landmarks include Heritage Village, where visitors can find traditional wooden boats, artisan stores and dusty replica of old buildings. Yas Island feature a world-class motor sports racetrack which held the final Formula 1 race. The major shopping malls include the Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall, and Khalidiyah Mall. Abu Dhabi is also a home to luxurious hotels and resort facilities including the Emirates Palace, a seven star luxury hotel which showcases Arabic culture.