Abu Dhabi is the second largest city and the capital of the UAE. There is evidence of settlements here for the past 5000 years, but it was only in recent times that the city really blossomed into the cosmopolitan centre it is now. With the discovery of oil came associated vast wealth. People flocked to the UAE to join in on the expansion and drill for oil. The city expanded rapidly to accommodate the increased population, most from abroad. In the last 10 years, Abu Dhabi has experienced what could be best described as explosive growth at it is competing with Dubai now as the place to be in the UAE.
Despite the size, the low traffic guarantees the business travellers punctuality of meetings. Abu Dhabi hotels should be the next stop for those who are interested in the oil industry. However, Abu Dhabi's economy does not only rely on oil. The city provides headquarters for many financial corporations. To diversify the economy, new investments have been made in the tourist industry, giving the reason, why Abu Dhabi hotels are so grand and luxurious. There aren't many historical attractions here, but they more that make up for it in resort-like attractions. All the hotels have amazing swimming pools, and private beaches. You can go on Desert Safari trips. You are picked up at your hotel and taken out in the desert in 4x4 vehicles. The experience is quite unique and worth trying at least once. After you get back in to town, you can take part in the local sport of shopping and pick up some interesting souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Once your meetings are over you can discover Abu Dhabi’s cultural and architectural sites. Visit the 200-year-old Al Maqtaa Fort, both imposing and stunning, or visit the Emirates Heritage Village, where you can learn about life of Bedouins. If you feel like shopping, book your Abu Dhabi hotel near The Abu Dhabi Mall, which has over 220 stores and over 40 food outlets. If you are looking for something a little more ethnic, book your hotel in Abu Dhabi near the traditional Souks where you can find traditional handicrafts, antiques, and carpets. Transport in and out of Abu Dhabi is usually done via the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airport is very well connected, especially by Etihad Airways, the national airline. You can also use the Dubai International Airport and then just take a taxi or bus to your hotel. Getting around Abu Dhabi is best done by taxi or bus. You can drive your own car, but that is an adventure usually best left to the locals.