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Abu Dhabi - Lifestyle & culture

Abu Dhabi is vibrant and lively, no matter what your background. In this stunning landscape of old and new, you can experience a whole variety of different opportunities you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Although it may be a luxurious and relaxing land; Abu Dhabi is definitely as buzzing and lively as they come.

Culture

Abu Dhabi has an extensive number of cultural attractions. For an expansive knowledge of history head to the Al Ain National Museum just on the edge of Al Ain Oasis - this showcases the unique heritage and history of this spectacular city. Or visit the Al Ain Palace Museum, the former home of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which has been restored and turned into a museum, housing a large collection of material about him and his family.

The past

Step further back in time and venture toward the Heritage Village where you can marvel at the reconstruction of a traditional oasis village, allowing you to get a rare and unique glimpse into the past lives of those in the Emirates. Or check out a number of pieces of historical architecture throughout Abu Dhabi including the Al Maqtaa Fort, Muraijib Fort and Al Jahili Fort. Finally check out the Heritage Heartland, which is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements and is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The future

While much is being done to celebrate Abu Dhabi’s Arabian heritage, it’s the emirate’s embracing of all global cultures that is setting the tone for its future. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. Arguably the most ambitious cultural project ever conceived, the district will soon be home to a series of ‘starchitect’-designed mega-galleries, including the first branch of the Louvre outside France, the British Museum-designed Zayed National Museum, and the biggest Guggenheim ever constructed.

Nightlife

Partying in Abu Dhabi may not be something you hear of much, but within just a few years, the party scene has boomed and the nightlife has skyrocketed.

The luxurious hotels that dominate the landscape are an excellent place to enjoy a few drinks. With sleek lounges, often situated on the upper floors, you can enjoy excellent views of the picturesque cityscape at night. With a wide variety of glamorous cocktails on offer, you can sip in style as you listen to a cabaret performance or the sound of a tinkling piano.

Something exciting

If you want a bit more vigour and excitement, then you’re in luck as there’s been an increase in English and Irish pubs in and around the city. With chilled lagers and imported bitter; you can sip a familiar pint whilst watching the latest Premier League fixtures on the plasma screens. Although it’s familiar, sometimes it’s nice to mix what you know with the things you don’t.

For those who enjoy sipping on a few evening drinks and enjoying a holiday chat with friends, a number of hotspots include; The Harvester's Pub at Sands Hotel, The Tavern, The Sheraton Resort & Towers, and Le Meridien’s Gauloises Club.

Hot spots

Then there are spots such as Hemingway's & the Jazz Bar from Hilton, that offer smooth jazz for those who want a quiet and relaxed evening. Those who want more of a party atmosphere can dance the night away in the various discos and clubs, which are every bit as exciting and energetic as those in Dubai. The Hilton complex offers excellent party opportunities at The Tequilana nightclub, which is all kontiki-style beach huts, tropically-coloured shirts and karaoke booths. Whatever night you want, the Hilton complex is a one stop shop for all. If you are in search of a VIP evening, O1NE will not disappoint. It’s the newest nightclub in the city and is Yas Island’s biggest standalone club, complete with the world’s biggest privately-owned graffiti wall, cutting-edge design, exclusive VIP areas and much more.