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    Abu Dhabi

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    Hotels in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Abu Dhabi Hotels are less in number than the neighbouring Emirate of Dubai and comprise of a number of traditional Abu Dhabi hotels that served the business needs of Abu Dhabi and a number of new hotels in Abu Dhabi that have been built in the last few years like the renowned Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace which is regarded as the leading 5 start hotel in Abu Dhabi and rumoured to have cost a staggering US$ 4 billion to build. The Emirates Palace has also received the prestigious Cranley 12 rating, one of only two to do so in our whole portfolio and also recently opened is the Al Raha Beach Hotel. The Emirate has ambitious plans for Abu Dhabi hotel development with a the new Shangri-La Resort recently opened and a further 29 hotels with 7,000 rooms are planned for the Saadiyat Island development over the next few years.



    Hotels in Abu Dhabi are located in three distinct areas. Abu Dhabi city hotels are located in the main business hub of Abu Dhabi on Abu Dhabi Island which is about 40 kilometres from Abu Dhabi airport and mostly comprise of Abu Dhabi hotels aimed at the business traveller like the Millennium Hotel and the Al Maha Rotana. On Abu Dhabi Island is also a number of Abu Dhabi beach hotels located on or around from the Corniche which include the Emirates Palace, Beach Rotana, Hilton Abu Dhabi and the Le Royal Meridien. These Abu Dhabi hotels are ideal for beach holidays and being located about a kilometre from the city centre are also ideal for visitors who want to combine business with leisure. In the city is a wide selection of 5 star Abu Dhabi hotels and 4 star Abu Dhabi hotels and for the budget traveller there are also a number of 3 star hotels and lower.



    Outside of Abu Dhabi Island there is the Mafraq hotel which is an Abu Dhabi Airport hotel located less than ten kilometres from the airport and also near to Abu Dhabi airport is the Al Raha Beach hotel which is an Abu Dhabi resort hotel and ideally located for visitors wanting an Abu Dhabi hotel whilst visiting the Abu Dhabi convention centre.



    Further out from Abu Dhabi on the road to Saudi Arabia are further Abu Dhabi leisure hotels like the Mirfa and the Abu Dhabi boutique hotel of the Danat Resort at Jebel Dhanna. For visitors wanting an authentic Abu Dhabi desert hotel experience then the Liwa is located deep into the desert and is in a unique location.



    Cranley now lists most 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi and most 4 star hotels in Abu Dhabi with free comprehensive Abu Dhabi hotel reports, hotel information, independent ratings and reviews including many photos. This makes Cranley the most comprehensive independent guide on Abu Dhabi hotels today on-line. Abu Dhabi hotels were indeed Cranley’s second market following the launch of Dubai hotels and further Abu Dhabi hotels continue to be added to the site on a regular basis.
    Background
    Abu Dhabi (father of the gazelle) is the name of both the capital city of the UAE and of the largest of the seven Emirates. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi consists mainly of the city of Abu Dhabi with its skyscrapers, the garden city of Al Ain, the Liwa oasis and a vast desert known as Rub Al Khali (the Empty Quarter).

    The transformation of Abu Dhabi from a fishing village to an international capital city started with a prosperous pearl trade, but the discovery of vast offshore oil reserves in 1958 transformed the Emirate, and together with the foresight of Sheikh Zayed bin Suktan Al Nahyaan laid the foundation for today’s modern city with its developed services and facilities. Abu Dhabi city with its changing skyline is now testament to the Emirate’s prosperity, with its vast oil reserves to provide revenue for future investment in growth and development.

    Abu Dhabi city is quite compact and is located on an island surrounded by the Arabian Gulf, making it ideal for tourists to explore. It has wide boulevards lined with trees with its greenery and that of Al Ain city serving as a lasting testament to the environmental efforts of Sheikh Zayed Al Nayhan. The recently developed Cornice with its waterfront location runs the length of the city and is its showpiece. Visitors to the city can explore its shopping malls and visit souks such as the fish, meat, vegetable, Iranian and Afghan souks. There are also many parks and beaches to explore. Abu Dhabi however remains a traditional Middle Eastern city proud of its heritage and culture.

    The region of Al Ain is a fertile one with its oasis once being a vital stop on the caravan route to Oman. Today the oasis supports palm plantations and working farms with the green city of Al Ain having several parks with fountains. Visitors can explore its historical forts and archaeological sites with remnants of a Bronze Age settlement. The traditional camel market is well worth a visit, as well as the Zoo and Aquarium, one of the largest in the Gulf.

    Liwa is the home of the Bani Yas Bedouin, the ancestors of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family. It has many freshwater pools and date plantations, with the Liwa oasis being one of the largest on the Arabian peninsula. Liwa is the entry point to the Empty Quarter and serves as the base camp of the UAE Desert Challenge off-road rally world championship. Visitors can embark on camel tours of the dunes during overnight camping trips.