Zesty amusement in Abu Dhabi – Adventure awaits!

Growing as a tourist hub each passing day, the UAE has heavily invested in Abu Dhabi to invite and entice its visitors. Want to know about the theme parks in Abu Dhabi?

Ferrari World

If it’s the adrenaline rush that you seek, Ferrari World is the place to be. This theme park is home to the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster that accelerates to around 240 kilometres an hour in a mere 5 seconds. The park also presents other exciting rides and attractions as well. After a day well spent here, you can check yourself into any one of the Abu Dhabi resorts around to unwind and relax, such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara for example.

Yas Waterworld

The ideal place to relax and beat the heat while enjoying yourself. Yas Waterworld features over forty rides and attractions, including the longest suspended roller coaster in all of the Middle East.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

This is the world’s largest indoor theme park. You’ll also find various rides themed after popular characters from both Cartoon Network and Marvel.

Wild Wadi Water Park

Having opened all the way back in 1998, the Wild Wadi Water Park has proven itself over the years as an excellent place to come and unwind. With over 17 rides and a ton of pools and attractions, it is an ideal place for family-friendly fun.

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Arabian Flora and fauna – Unique to the Arab region

Date palms are the very first impression you get whenever there is any reference to Arabian flora and fauna. A flowering plant in the palm family, the date has earned a reputation for its exceptionally sweet flavour. Grown uniquely in the Arab region, dates have been a staple diet in the Middle East. Even today it is a main delicacy in major cities like Abu Dhabi. Resorts there are always likely to have plenty of dates on offer for guests. The date’s historical roots are traced to Iraq, and the ancient Egyptians are said to have crushed the fruit to prepare wine. Fossil evidence indicates that the date palm is around 50 million years old.

Eucalyptus is another plant found in the Arab region, although it was introduced from Australia. Eucalyptus demands a good amount water from the surrounding soil. So it is used to get rid of malaria by extracting water from the soil in Arab countries like Algeria and Lebanon. When water is drained from soil, it gets rid of marshes which breed mosquito larvae. However, the plant is more known for its oil. Eucalyptus oil is used as an antiseptic as well as a deodoriser. It is also used as a herbal remedy in food supplements. The oil also serves as an insect repellent. Hotels in Abu Dhabi such as Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and others, use eucalyptus oil for its fragrance, along with other varieties of oil like menthol.

An animal unique to the Arab region is the Arabian Oryx also known as white Oryx. It is an antelope with straight horns and a bunched tail. This species had been on the verge of extinction, but due to much effort on the part of zoos, the animal re-appeared in 1980. That said, however, the animal was categorised as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Now it is known as the national animal of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Oman. The animal takes a rest during the day. It can also identify rainfall and successfully find water. Although it has two horns, the Arabian oryx is a peaceful animal. The animal’s uniqueness has earned it a number of legends too. A widespread myth about a unicorn animal is also based on the Arabian Oryx.

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Travel Tips to Abu Dhabi – know your way around Abu Dhabi

Being the second biggest city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi continues to flourish with historic places, breathtaking parks, striking shopping complexes and mesmerising museums. In essence, Abu Dhabi is a city where tradition meets modernity.

There are certain restrictions too. For instance, smoking in public is not allowed in Abu Dhabi. Resorts, however, are an exception. Some resorts allow smoking in their lobbies. Public smoking is disallowed because there had been an increase of smokers. You do not get to see a single advertisement that promotes the use of tobacco.

Speaking of safety, Abu Dhabi has a low rate of crimes. All the same, the police are in charge of security. With police in charge and the low rate of crimes, Abu Dhabi is ranked as a city with first class safety. However, it is still important to take safety precautions. For instance, travelling in the mainstream tourist attractions in public transport at night is not hazardous. But if you are staying at one of the resorts such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort or others, and are quite a distance away from your accommodation at night, it is always better to get a private vehicle arranged if possible. If you cannot get a private vehicle arranged, try to cover tourist attractions during the daytime.

Abu Dhabi is a city that enjoys tropical weather all throughout the year. In that sense, you can visit the city at any time of the year. But if you travel between November and February, you will enjoy the tour minus the extreme heat. Besides, this is a season when most festivals and outdoor activities are held. So the period between November and February could be the ideal season to visit Abu Dhabi. Even during the offseason, you can take part in a lot of activities indoors in air-conditioned environments.

The clothing in Abu Dhabi is simple. Choose summer clothing: not so warm, lightweight and made of cotton. But be warned that the city’s temperature goes down towards evening. So keep some warm clothes ready too. You are also supposed to be dressed properly in order to respect the local religious and cultural customs; opt for clothes that cover your whole body, and avoid clothing like shorts.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+