It’s not just oil. Before oil was discovered in 1958 the Emirate was famous for its pearls. Once the oil money started to flow, Sheikh Zayad decided to build a modern city. He hired Japanese architect Katsuhiko Takahashi to oversee the project turning Abu Dhabi into an architectural destination famous for its innovative skyline. Must sees include the Capital Gate (world record holder leaning building at 18 degrees, four times as far as Pisa’s tower), The Sheikh Zayed bridge by Zaha Hadid (said to be the most intricate bridge ever built) and the Alder Headquarters (a completely round skyscraper)
Figuring out where to go is easy, figuring out where to stay is not. I have carefully curated this list of places to sleep. I have stayed in each and every one. I have slept in the bed, eaten the breakfast and visited the pool, spa or ice machine. I have chatted with the who’s who in charge. These are the places I recommend… you don’t need to know about the others! Trust me!
I’d be delighted to connect you… my friends, my clients, my readers… with these hosts. Some offer special amenities due to my affiliation with the Virtuoso network and some offer perks because I am providing your introduction. Either way let my goodwill be your goodwill. Alternatively, you can click on the link and book or explore further on your own.
Some pay a commission to travel advisors, many do not. I’m transparent. I’ll tell you if you ask me.