Retrace Abu Dhabi's impressive skyline from ancient pearl-diving villages to the bustling capital of the UAE characterised by glamorous palaces, residential villas and skyscrapers.
This walking tour starts on the promenade with spectacular views overlooking the city and the very landmarks you'll soon become acquainted with. You'll make your way to the Marina area before walking a section of the popular nine kilometres-long Corniche Street which was built on reclaimed land and offers a variety of leisure activities. Along the way, you'll see the white domed Qasr Al Watan palace, the sand-coloured Emirates Palace, a few heritage hotels, the two tallest skyscrapers in the city and a monument illuminated by more than 2,000 lights.
While you walk, you'll hear stories about the city's incredible emergence from the dunes, how the skyline was transformed in only a few decades and what its future might look like. You’ll also find out about:
The region’s early nomadic tribes
The rapid development of Corniche Road
How the land you’ll walk on was reclaimed from the sea
Innovative architecture that combats the desert heat
How oil transformed the economy
From breathtaking cityscapes to desert dunes that appear to have emerged from the sea, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the stories behind Abu Dhabi’s iconic skyline.
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Lee Rosevere - Here's the Thing
Desert City by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/