This March, one lucky bride is going to win a honeymoon at the amazing Abu Dhabi courtesy Etihad Airways & Samantha’s Bridal! All you have to do is get a copy of the latest Samantha’s Bridal Magazine to a raffle ticket. Read more about Abu Dhabi and see what you will experience should you win this trip…
Abu Dhabi is the capital United Arab Emirates and is also capital of the largest of the UAE’s seven member emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. As one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world, Abu Dhabi is perhaps best-known for offering pristine white beaches and year-round sunshine.
Abu Dhabi is packed with fun-filled attractions for all ages, making it the perfect destination for holidays. From the undeniable thrill of world-class amusement parks and sporting facilities to the cultural lure of traditional mosques and heritage villages, the UAE capital has it covered. With so many options, choosing where to start can be a challenge.
The first impression of Abu Dhabi, whether viewed from the air or driving along the impeccably maintained Corniche, is of a thoroughly modern city with gleaming skyscrapers and beautifully landscaped gardens. But behind this modern facade of city life stands the traditions and rich heritage of its past which stands the traditions and rich heritage of its past. The unique culture and heritage is showcased at numerous landmarks across the emirate.
Some of the places of interest in Abu Dhabi include:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
A trip to the world-renowned Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is highly-recommended during a visit to Abu Dhabi. The impressive monument is located on a 22,412 square metre site (the equivalent of five football fields. Leading artisans from around the world were involved in the mosque’s design and construction, with a major focus on materials such as ceramics, marble, gold, semi-precious stones and crystals for their long-lasting qualities.
Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
A traditional oasis village has been reconstructed at Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, offering a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the UAE capital’s past. It includes an open museum with examples of desert campfires, old-fashioned tents made from goat hair, sea houses made from palm tree fronds, traditional water wells, and the ‘falaj’ irrigation system.
Sheikh Zayed Centre
Known as the ‘Father of the Nation’, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is a much-loved figure in the UAE. To celebrate his extraordinary life, the Sheikh Zayed Centre was opened back in 2009, with a prime location in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen district. The centre, which has a traditional ‘Emirati village’ design, contains an exclusive gallery with photos of Sheikh Zayed personal memorabilia his favourite hunting rifles and daggers, together with some of the cherished gifts that he received from well-wishers over the years, including stuffed lions and cheetahs.
Experiences & Tours
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi- Ferrari World is a Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.The central park is situated under a 200,000 m2 (2,152,782 sq ft) roof making it the largest indoor amusement park in the world. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was designed to appeal to a broad audience of families, including women and children, thrill seekers and racing fans of different ages, nationalities and interests.
Yas Water World – Yas Water World offers 43 rides, slide and attractions, five one of a kind rides that have never been seen before in a water park, a unique pearl diving experience that showcases traditional Emirati pearl diving culture.
*The winner of the honeymoon will be announced on the 1st of March 2015 at the Samantha’s Bridal Fair.*