Cruise to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and take in the city’s unique melding of old and new. While Abu Dhabi’s skyline is marked with countless modern skyscrapers, it’s still the traditional style of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center that steals the show. This distinct blend of old customs and futuristic development emerged during Abu Dhabi’s extremely rapid growth, which was largely stimulated by the discovery of oil in the region. Discover both sides of Abu Dhabi on a cruise vacation, and take in as much of the local flavor as possible. Whether your cruise starts in Abu Dhabi, or just passes through, this is a special port of call full of fascinating cultures and diverse activities, some of which are featured below:
- Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, which dominates the Abu Dhabi skyline. Guides will provide insight into Muslim culture while you marvel at the beauty of this grand structure.
- Enjoy one of the region’s hottest sports on a sand skiing adventure over desert dunes. If you prefer snow to sand, you’ll be glad to hear that an indoor ski slope is also under development.
- Head to the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club to learn about the history of Arabian horse breeding. While you’re there, catch a horse race or watch these beautiful creatures compete in jumping events.
- Check out some of the best shopping in the world at the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. Along with a wide range of retailers, you’ll also discover a skating rink, bowling alley, observatory and more.