Abu Dhabi is a fascinating mix of the old and new; it is blazing a trail to the future whilst honouring its traditions and customs. Visitors to this unique emirate looking for eclectic accommodation Abu Dhabi offers will be spoiled for choice at the range of exclusive options available. The Eastern Mangroves Resort & Spa is one hotel in Abu Dhabi that expertly mixes traditional Arabian décor with contemporary amenities for a quality hospitality experience for both leisure and business guests. Savour some of the fine city sights on your next visit here. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a fine piece of architecture that is an impressive testament to the national religion.

The tour guides provide a fascinating account of the magnificent monument, and it is well worth a visit to soak in some of the emirate’s heritage. Visitors must adhere to the dress code, which forbids revealing one’s legs for both genders and low-cut tops for female visitors. The Emirates Palace is another fascinating building, which is now a conference centre and a hotel that is set in the midst of beautifully manicured gardens and lawns decorated with palm trees and fountains. The lobby cafe provides a delicious Afternoon Tea, although visitors can also order ala carte, which features a refreshing range of hot and cold drinks, as well as delicious cakes.

The Abu Dhabi Heritage Village provides a intriguing glimpse into Abu Dhabi’s past, and visitors can go on a camel ride, purchase traditional souvenirs from the authentically arrayed market place, get their hands painted with some beautifully intricate henna designs, or just take a stroll around the complex that transports one back to Abu Dhabi before the gleaming steel and glass towers rose in its midst, when Abu Dhabi residents used goats hair tents and enjoyed coffee brewed out on an open campfire. Check out the traditional workshops that feature men and women working in the crafts of yesteryear, such as pottery, metalwork, spinning and weaving. At the spice shop, pick up some dries herbs, homemade soap and chatter aplenty. So enjoy the various cultural offerings of Abu Dhabi – a truly unique slice of the UAE!

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.