Jannah Burj Al Sarab - Al Zahiyah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The world's largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings…
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The world's largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn't afraid to challenge world records. Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still…except perhaps the herons in its mangroves.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a modern miracle on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Considered Dubai’s less-brash sister city, Abu Dhabi now has its own skyline of starchitect-designed bridges and buildings, as well as a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartment blocks rising from the desert, making it an increasingly attractive place to live for both expats and Emiratis.
From Abu Dhabi city's famous Corniche to the Oasis City of Al Ain and the massive dunes of Al Dhafra's Empty Quarter desert, culture, history and adventure are encapsulated in the emirate. Experience the architectural prowess of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a stroll through Al Ain's cooling oasis, learn about the ancient sport of falconry, experience an adrenaline rush on the world’s fastest roller coaster, or marvel at the history of an emirate dotted with ancient forts and historic sites – several of which have been listed as official UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
And whether you’re marvelling at the always-changing views of Abu Dhabi while experiencing the emirate by land, air or sea, or experiencing the genuine feel of authentic Arabia while relaxing under the stars on a desert safari, playing golf on one of our championship-standard courses, or spending a fun day – and money – in one of our luxurious malls, you’ll discover that Abu Dhabi is a genuine leisure haven that will convince you to return again and again.
Make a splash in Abu Dhabi! Swim in shimmering turquoise waters, relax on amazing white beaches or connect with a sailing legacy that stretches back centuries. From wake-boarding and kite surfing, from cruising in a traditional pearling boat or modern, luxury dhow to kayaking through our natural mangrove forests, from enjoying fresh air on-board a sailing catamaran to zooming to the pace of a speedboat tour of the UAE capital’s coastline, the emirate’s waters are yours to discover.
The first public beach on Saadiyat Island - home to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition centre, Saadiyat Beach Club and two five-star beachfront resorts operated by St. Regis and Park Hyatt – offers multiple facilities and activities for trendy beachgoers and sun-lounging guests.
Set on the island’s serene natural shores, the 400-metre beach is a great spot for a day out, and to enjoy Abu Dhabi’s clean, warm turquoise waters. There are lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, lockers, changing rooms, towels, umbrellas, ample parking and lifeguards are on duty throughout the day. There’s a snack lounge and shop selling beachwear and sports equipment, while areas on the beach can also be booked for special events.
As Saadiyat’s nine kilometre stretch of beach is environmentally protected, the public beach – much like the beachfront of the island’s resorts - is fringed by a Dune Protection Zone, which effectively limits development to a minimum of 60 metres from the shoreline, preventing damage to the sensitive natural dune vegetation and the nesting grounds of the endangered hawksbill turtle.
AL BATEEN BEACH
This stunning beach overlooks Hudariyat Island and Hudariyat Bridge to the west of Abu Dhabi. It has uninterrupted picturesque views and clear water and is popular with UAE locals for fishing, swimming and waterfront picnics.
Recently awarded the prestigious Blue Flag sustainability award by the Emirates Wildlife Authority, the beach covers 800 metres of pristine waterfront and has amenities such as shower and changing rooms, toilets and children playgrounds. For people looking for action, Al Bateen Beach is ideal to play beach volleyball or to indulge in water sport activities including kayaking, paddling and much more from the beach’s water sport centre.
Home to the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, this is the Al Dhafra’s only developed beach. It's almost never crowded and there is a small town nearby where you can buy supplies for a night of camping or a day of enjoying the turquoise waters. It's one of the region's best kept secrets.
The annual Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, encouraging visitors to explore this pristine and undiscovered area, gathers together champions from across the globe and local enthusiasts keen to take part in adrenaline inducing competitions such as kiteboarding, wake boarding and surf-ski kayaking. Camping facilities are provided for participants and visitors, with live evening entertainment, kids play areas and a 'Sunset Souk’.
AL BATEEN BEACH FOR WOMEN
Recently awarded the prestigious Blue Flag sustainability award by the Emirates Wildlife Authority, this dedicated ladies-only section accommodates up to 1,100 women and children in its waters, while the shoreline allows nearly 5,000 visitors to sunbathe, relax and enjoy on the beach.
Safety and privacy is given utmost importance. Female lifeguards are on guard ensuring safety but cameras, animals, fishing and camping are strictly prohibited. Huge fences and barriers enhance privacy.
AL BANDAR MARINA
Al Bandar is a community based marina in the centre of the stunning Al Raha Beach development of modern apartments and duplexes, loft-style residences and larger family apartments, 15 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi city. Offering 150 berths up to 40 metres in length for resident and visiting yachts of all types, with deep water entrance and easy access to the waterways of Abu Dhabi.
Supported by 24-hour dock service, Al Bandar boasts a wide-range of lifestyle amenities, restaurants and health clubs, with companies offering watersport experiences and charter trips around the waterways.
ATTRACTIONS & LANDMARKS
Whether you’re making your first trip to Abu Dhabi, or are on a return visit, whether making a splash in a futuristic waterpark, marvelling at the austere beauty of our highest peak Jebel Hafeet, experiencing an adrenaline rush on the world’s fastest roller coaster, staying in the only hotel to straddle an F1 track or dining at an angle in the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower, you’ll discover a destination that intrigues, captivates and invites you back.
Abu Dhabi's culture is firmly rooted in Arabia's Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam's true commitment to tolerance and hospitality. The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing mix of new and old.
LOUVRE ABU DHABI
Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that is a cultural beacon, bringing together different cultures to shine fresh light on the shared stories of humanity.
A floating dome of light and shade
Located on Saadiyat Island, Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel has designed a museum-city (Arab medina) under a vast silvery dome. Here you can walk through the promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180-metre diameter dome, composed of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.
QASR AL MUWAIJI
The historic Qasr Al Muwaiji – birthplace of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE – has been restored to its former glory and reopened to the public as a museum and permanent exhibition.
Located in the centre of Al Ain city, Qasr al Muwaiji is an impressive structure that has watched over the oasis for more than 100 years. Built in the early 20th century, this simple but striking building was originally used as a diwan (a council or seat of governance) and as a place for the community to congregate.
AL JAHILI FORT
The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.
MAMSHA AL KHAIR
Mamsha Al Khair is an inspirational public landmark made up a granite monolith and limestone installations set along the Abu Dhabi Corniche promenade from the East Plaza all the way to the Emirates Palace junction.
Mamsha Al Khair showcases inspirational quotes every 30 metres along the iconic promenade from the East Plaza to the intersection at Emirates Palace. The granite installations and walkway invites visitors to engage with its symbolism, taking pictures and videos while chronicling the UAE’s long-standing reputation for promoting social awareness by imparting the value of giving back to society.
The 76 quotes inscribed on the limestone panels along the Corniche walkway are from globally renowned inspirational figures, and aim to invoke a spirit of volunteerism, increase awareness for the importance of social responsibility, while encouraging future generations to aspire to humanitarian values and foster a legacy of generosity.
AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM
Located on the western edge of Al Ain Oasis, the Palace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was built in 1937. It was converted into a museum in 1998 and opened to the public in 2001. The original structure comprised a private residence for the ruler and his family within a complex of courtyards.
JEBEL HAFEET TOMBS
Situated at the foot of the imposing Jebel Hafeet mountain, the 5000-year-old Jebel Hafeet tombs mark the beginning of the Bronze Age in the UAE.
Excavations by Danish archaeologists in 1959 found evidence for ceramic vessels and copper artefacts in these tombs. These artefacts indicate the importance of maritime trade across the Arabian Gulf.
The tombs are single-chamber tombs and are made of local unworked or roughly cut stones. These differ from later Umm an-Nar tombs which were made from finely worked blocks that contained the remains of hundreds of people.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
A dramatic architectural statement, this five tower complex invites residents and visitors to live, work, stay, shop and dine in one destination with panoramic city and Arabian Gulf views.
A benchmark for luxury experiences, the complex includes three residential towers and the 280 metre high, five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel.
On Tower 2’s 74th floor, the Observation Deck at 300 offers unbeatable cityscape and island views.
The Avenue at Etihad Towers is one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive collections of boutique shops, with many having luxurious private rooms for private, VIP shopping.
Abu Dhabi offers year-round sunshine, excellent beaches, a clean, safe environment and classy hotels and restaurants. Although the official language is Arabic, English is as widely spoken and visitors will have few communication difficulties. Transport is clean, cheap and efficient.
The country was founded as recently as 1971, and the pace of change has been swift, but not on the sometimes overwhelming scale of Dubai. This is still an Arab city in various stages of development, but one that has been well planned: several major projects on neighbouring islands such as Yas, Al Maryah and Saadiyat are currently taking shape and the skyline is beginning to resemble Manhattan’s. December 2015 is the anticipated opening date for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of five new museums currently planned; until then, exhibits from the Louvre and the Guggenheim’s new collections are being shown.
The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is the very model of a modern Gulf petro-city: thoroughly contemporary, unashamedly wealthy and decidedly staid. The emirate’s lightning change from obscure fishing village into modern city-state within the past forty years is perhaps the most dramatic of all the stories of oil-driven transformation that dot the region, although locals have long prided themselves on the city’s more slow-paced and traditional lifestyle compared to Dubai, happy to live in the shadow of their upstart neighbour.
Things are changing, however, and recent years have seen the city increasingly competing for local bragging rights and making its own concerted bid for the global tourist and business dollar, with a string of landmark new mega-projects slowly taking shape across the city and a skyline now almost as upwardly mobile as Dubai’s own.
The city’s two standout attractions are the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the world’s largest and most extravagant places of Islamic worship, and the ultra-opulent Emirates Palace Hotel – while the spectacular new Abu Dhabi Louvre, hopefully open (or about to open) by the time you read this, promises to add further significant gloss to the city’s burgeoning tourist credentials. Other highlights include the memorable modern souk at the World Trade Center, the contrastingly traditional Heritage Village, offering superb views of the sweeping, skyscraper-lined Corniche, and the stunning modern developments gradually taking shape on Al Maryah and Al Reem islands.
Jannah Burj Al Sarab is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi, just a 5- minute drive to the Corniche. Guests can enjoy the super fast WiFi throughout the entire hotel.
Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a boutique gymnasium, both located on the rooftop, offering panoramic views of the Arabian gulf and the city; 1 all-day dining restaurant serving international cuisine; a lobby lounge for a quick snack and beverage; a shisha lounge to relax in as well as a 24-hour in-room dining service.
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