1-Photos of The Rise and Rise of Abu Dhabi by Ruchika Makhija

One of the most upcoming tourist destinations, Abu Dhabi certainly takes the cake. With lightening speed development, wondrous skyscrapers and numerous attractions, gives a reason to step out of the comfort zone of Dubai and visit this idyllic destination. Easily accessible by all modes of transportation, one doesn’t mind the public transport being amiss. Shopaholics can indulge in upscale shopping at the Abu Dhabi Mall connected with Beach Rotana and Marina Mall. The Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey gives visitors a chance to take a historical tour of the pearl diving industry that was once its mainstay. This tour gives you a chance to dive in with the oysters and look for a pearl of your own.

Marina Mall

Abu Dhabi Mall

Abu Dhabi offers plenty to kids where they are welcome in the world famous Ferrari World. This place boasts of the fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa Rollercoaster, which goes at an acceleration of 240kmph in 5 seconds.  Kids can experience driving a Ferrari and even operating a remote controlled one. If this doesn’t blow them away then the Ferrari Gallery with its souvenirs certainly will.

Ferrari World

Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is also the adventure capital, here visitors get to enter the Yas Water World and visit also Yas Marina Grand Prix. Luxury accommodation can also be found here in its very own plush resort Yas Island Rotana.  A wiser and classier counterpart of Yas is Saadiyat Island, which offers a plethora of attractions ranging from museums to concerts and sprawling golf resorts. The tranquillity here will surely capture hearts.

Yas Island

Yas Island Water World

No visit to Abu Dhabi is complete without visiting the religious abode- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers. The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world’s largest carpet made by Iran’s Carpet Company. There are 2,268,000,000 knots within the carpet and it took approximately two years to complete. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque also has seven imported chandeliers that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. The largest chandelier is the second largest known chandelier inside a mosque.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi will certainly not disappoint. Dune bashing, dhow cruising, and pristine waters; this place has certainly has it all.