With its opulent hotels, gourmet restaurants and five star facilities Abu Dhabi takes the concept of luxury to new heights. This is the land where visitors can pick up gold nuggets at the ATM; a lifestyle connoisseur’s paradise that rolls out the red carpet and offers visitors VIP treatment at every turn. Taste the epicurean delights of this progressive city and get the inside knowledge on the best places to shop, dine and explore in these pages.
As frequenters of the city’s best restaurants, Concierge is perfectly situated to advise visitors on the newest, smartest and most distinctive dining venues with monthly features like Capital cuisine, where we share some of the best places to eat along the Corniche and La dolce vita, which explores a selection of the city’s leading Italian restaurants. We also offer insight into local delicacies with features on dates, Arabic sweets and other culinary delicacies from the region.
Life in Abu Dhabi is fast-paced with is an abundance of activities and attractions to suit all interests. Sports fans can pick up tips in our Experience section from stories like Maximum impact on where to find the best action adventure attractions while those seeking to browse their favourite brands can turn their attention to the Shop section and features like Capital couture. Get the inside knowledge on Abu Dhabi’s top therapies with our spa reviews or discover where to find the emirate’s most beautiful natural scenery in Archipelago adventure.
Those who aren’t already aware of the city’s youth are often astounded to hear that as recently as fifty years ago Abu Dhabi was little more than a lose collection of barasti huts scattered around the one and only indication of affluence at the time, Al Hosn Fort. With the development of the oil industry from the 1960s onwards, the emirate’s fortunes changed rapidly but it wasn’t until 1980 that the first hotel opened and Abu Dhabi made its initial tentative step towards tourism. Five years later, five more hotels had opened and by 2000 the city was well on its way to becoming an established visitor destination with 28 hotels.
In just 12 years this number has shot up to 109 as more and more luxury hotel chains establish a presence in the capital. In the Discover section, Concierge explores the history of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole, with features like Now and then, where the oldest landmarks are compared to their newer counterparts or Noteworthy attractions, which delves into the history and culture depicted on UAE banknotes