Eating Out in Abu Dhabi

Eating Out in Abu Dhabi

There is lots to choose from when eating out in Abu Dhabi. From fast food to smart hotel restaurants; from authentic Arabic cuisine to western style chains. Whatever your taste, you will find something to suit you. Arabic Food in Abu Dhabi   As you would expect, there...

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The Not So Empty Quarter

If you stand in the middle of what the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger called ‘The Empty Quarter’ – the vast tract of desert that makes up most of Abu Dhabi emirate – and look around, what you will see is... emptiness. Mile upon mile of emptiness, as far as the eye...

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A Different Side to the UAE

Most of my visits to the UAE have been spent in and around Abu Dhabi, and I had got into the way of thinking that the country consisted mostly of flat, featureless desert with a few bustling high-rise cities. So it was a welcome change to see some very different...

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Eco-City in the Desert: a Visit to Masdar, UAE

You might not expect to find an eco-city in the middle of the desert but Masdar, just 11 miles from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is just that. In fact, the contrast between endless miles of sand and the gleaming high-tech city is just one of many seeming...

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Camel Racing in the UAE

Camels seem to be a bit of an obsession in many of the Gulf States. So much so, that a teacher told me that, when he asked his students what they most prized, they all said 'camels'. They were quite definite that they favoured camels even above their cars (women, of...

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Qatar prepares for tourism

I started trying to write an article about the historic sites of Qatar, but gave up because I found myself writing 'it is closed for redevelopment', or 'you used to be able to go there, but you can't any more'. When we went on our trip to the north of the country our...

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