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All You Need to Know About Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Aug 16, 2008
Abu Dhabi is a unique destination in the emirates, where luxury and style are infused with the traditional values of hospitality and respect. With sunny weather, tranquil beaches, lush oases, a vibrant city life, as well the mixture of culture and traditions ensures a congruent coming together, which results in the creation of a holiday experience and lifestyle unlike any other.

One is invited, if not enticed to explore the emirate's old souqs, while sipping a fragrant Arabic coffee, one can also loose time in the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or be one with nature by diving into the dazzling marine life - there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi.

Many investors are largely unaware of the fact that Abu Dhabi emirate is in fact archipelagic, meaning that nearly 200 islands are strewn along its coastline. Accordingly, 'island-hopping' is a popular pastime among the more affluent residents (who have boats) and even for non-boat owners, where public transportation is available.

There are various private tour operators, which also offer similar island-hopping services. Due to the fact that some islands are currently undergoing major development, access may be limited for sometime. It is advisable to check with your local tour operator for more information on which islands are accessible at present, and which are not.

The vast number of islands which are available to tourists and the locals in Abu Dhabi are excellent destination choices. The following Islands can be visited and enjoyed at length:

- Lulu Island: perfect for short weekend trips, this large man-made island is situated directly opposite the Corniche and is accessible by boat. Visitors are free to take a dip in the pools or beaches and then enjoy a treat from a couple of restaurants, coffee shops and cafeterias on the island.

- Saadiyat Island: Located to the east of the Corniche, this island is being transformed into a luxury leisure and cultural destination. This island boasts a massive, multi-billion dollar development project that includes "world-class entertainment centres, museums, resorts, upscale residences and business centres are currently being built on the natural island."

Al Futaisi Island: The perfect bird spotter's paradise, and situated only five kilometres south of Abu Dhabi city, this island offers a range of activities such as nature trips via a local bus tour or through bicycles. There is also a well-kept stable on the island which houses purebred Arabian horses as well as camels, which can take visitors for rides.

These are just a few of the 200 islands one can visit when in Abu Dhabi.
According to the tourist sector in Abu Dhabi, the best time to pay these bountiful islands a visit would probably be the period between November and April.

Despite the fact that Dubai is quite new on the property-buying radar, many developments in Dubai are setting and maintaining a high standard of quality and service - making this UAE country a top choice for investors, holiday makers and retirees the world over.

So, why exactly are tourists and investors so keen on Dubai?
Well, aside from the obvious: the famous, sought-after beaches; diverse landscape; rich culture and idyllic climate - Dubai is also, most importantly, reasonably affordable.

Tourism, as an industry, is quite the relatively new concept for Dubai. This novel industry is however fast becoming one of the main reasons why people are flocking to Dubai in droves.

With an increase in tourism statistics of approximately 30 per cent in the last year alone, one can only assume that the Property Industry in Dubai is also well on its way to new heights and bigger profit margins.

Picture unchartered territory at your doorstep; long lazy days basking in the warmth of the sun; days and nights spent bathing in the warm waters of idyllic beaches - and you will find your mystery haven is situated no where else but in the delightful Dubai.
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