What to do in Abu Dhabi? A smattering of suggestions…

Abu Dhabi Hotel

  1. Have your hands patterned with henna
    at the Abu Dhabi Library and Cultural Centre. This stately complex,
    across from the Grand Mosque, houses nearly two million volumes.

  2. Rise early and get to the vegetable market
    at Port Zayed by 6 a.m. for your pick of fresh fish, fruit, and other
    produce. (There are plans to move the market farther inland soon.)

  3. Take a ride on a traditional abra boat
    along the man-made waterway that winds through the Shangri-La Hotel,
    Qaryat Al Beri. Make stops at the on-site suq (market) and spa.

  4. Sate your sweet tooth in style at the Emirates Palace hotel, where chefs go through 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of edible gold topping every year.

  5. Check the schedule for the next WOMAD (World
    of Music, Arts, and Dance) festival. The multiday event, part of a
    series of worldwide festivals, features dozens of world-class
    performances.

For the rest of the list check out 10 Abu Dhabi Must-Dos at National Geographic Travel online.
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