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Abu Dhabi
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United Arab Emirates (UAE) Abu Dhabi

A predominantly modern city, Abu Dhabi nevertheless retains some of its ancient past. The White Fort or Diwan Amiri was built in 1793 and is still around. There are numerous mosques. From the large blue mosque on the corner of the Corniche to the smallest one in the center of Khalifa Street Roundabout, surrounded by trees. Batin is the oldest part of the town and the place to watch the fishing dhows bringing their catch of Gulf prawns and other fish to the small harbors. The old boat building yards demonstrate craftsmen’s skills which have stayed unchanged for centuries. The cities ancient burial mounds are at Um al Nar.

Excursions around Abu Dhabi UAE

Al Ain is about 100km or 60 miles from Abu Dhabi. It is an oasis and former caravan stop situated on a huge fertile plain. There is some spectacular scenery along the journey from Abu Dhabi. The resort includes a zoo, camel market, a museum with artifacts and Mesopotamian pottery. There is a water spring at Ain Faidha which is 14km or 9 miles from Al Ain. Hili is an important archaeological site at 10km or 6 miles from Al Ain. The famous Great Sepulcher, and stone tombs date back 5000 years. Just south of Al Ain is the Hafit Mountain that houses ancient tombs, pottery and swords. More ancient sites worth a visit can be found at Um Al Nar and Badi’i Bent Saud. There is a fun park at Al-Hir and sand seas are to be seen at Liwa. Other areas of scenic beauty include Qarn Island, Belghilam Island (known for its gazelle breeding), Sadiyat Island, and Abul-Abyadh Island.