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Last week we took a look at the exciting nature and adventure worlds of Abu Dhabi. Now we take that same pioneering spirit and apply it to fascinating and rich territories of culture and cuisine.
Abu Dhabi is a globally recognized hub for creativity and diversity, it has a long and fascinating history and has clear ambitions for its future. It is for these reasons that the worlds of culture and cuisine have their own distinct flavor in Abu Dhabi. And it’s time to taste them, here are some of our favorites …
A world of culture
It doesn’t take much digging to discover Abu Dhabi’s cultural bones. The emirate is a fascinating treasure of forts, museums, monuments, heritage sites, archaeological excavations, galleries, religious centers, craft towns, sculptures, artistic installations and cultural districts.
You can stroll through the timeless collections of art at Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat al Saadiyat, Warehouse421 and the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. If it is a heritage dive that interests you the most, there is much to discover in Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest building still standing in the emirate; Qasr Al Watan – the nation’s presidential palace features exhibits with a glimpse into the UAE’s past; Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, with space for 40,000 worshipers, there are 82 white marble domes – one of which features beautiful gold leaf calligraphy of the Quranic text inside, the mosque also houses the world’s largest hand-woven carpet.
Step back in time and explore the forts of Al Jahili Garden City, Al Ain Oasis and Al Ain Palace Museum; or travel even further in the timeline of 5,000 year old archaeological sites at Jebel Hafit Desert Park and Hili Archaeological Park.
Returning to the modern era, our whirlwind cultural tour draws to a close, but we don’t end in the gift shop. Abu Dhabi launches the first ‘Destination Driven’ Collectors Week – an organized assemblage of collections from the plains of retail, entertainment and fine dining. The 10-day festival will take place in the capital of the United Arab Emirates from October 7-16, 2021,
A world of cooking
Abu Dhabi has long been a thriving hub of culinary excellence. Its kitchens and chef teams form a constellation of stellar gastronomy – representing all the flavors of the world.
You’ll find plenty of five-star examples of Emirati cuisine here, but perhaps none is as consistently beautiful as the Mezlai at Emirates Palace; Al Mabeet also offers regional specialties but in a more authentic setting between dunes; more dining options in the Arabian desert come in the form of Suhail, named after the main star used in Bedouin navigation, this majlis-themed restaurant offers grilled meats and super fresh seafood; join us as we make our way to Asia and the Abu Dhabi waterfront outpost of global Japanese food sensation – Zuma; another jewel of the Emirates Palace can be seen at Hakkasan, serving artful dim sum and old Cantonese recipes.
The world foodie tour concludes with our stay at a select twin center in Europe – elite cups are served in theatrical service rituals at the famous Turkish steakhouse in Salt Bae, Nusr-Et; or if you like your food with a distinctly French accent, you’d be hard pressed to find a more alluring plate than the ones that come out of the kitchen at La Petitie Maison.
The emirate’s food scene is in fact such a prominent feature that it has its own festival (almost two months). Abu Dhabi’s culinary season, which runs from October 18 to December 9, 2021, features a host of high-value dining events to help you explore the best restaurants in the emirate and shine a light on the creativity of its best. talents in the kitchen.
Images: Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
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