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For a hit of ultra-modern luxury book a flight to Abu Dhabi and visit one of the wealthiest cities in the UAE!

Abu Dhabi is more than just skyscrapers and oil; it is also a green, vibrant and distinctly Arab city with stunning mosques (make sure you are covered to view them) parks and cultural centres to explore. Shopping is popular in the city with much choice. For lively, varied nightlife you have to go to a hotel. The same also goes for alcohol which can be served in the hotel restaurants and nowhere else in the city.

Other activities include the famous desert safaris. You’ll get to take a 4×4, then a camel across the desert, followed by an Arabian feast in a Bedouin tent, complete with your own live belly dancing show. Touristy, but fun!

For an Arabian break with a modern twist, make Abu Dhabi your first stop!

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Many cities are impressive from the air, but Abu Dhabi must be one of the most spectacular. As your plane makes its descent into Abu Dhabi International Airport over the shimmering Persian Gulf, you’ll be blown away by the sparkling skyscrapers rising like a steel oasis from the desert. The UAE’s fabled capital is a futuristic marvel, where even the taxis are silver. But look beyond the 21st-century superlatives to discover the city’s ancient heritage in its mosques and palaces, souqs and sweet cafés. In less than 7 hours, thanks to direct flights to Abu Dhabi from the UK, you could be enjoying your very own Arabian nights.

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Things to do and places to see in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a modern city that will not let its visitors down, from those looking for a good time to travellers searching for a quiet place to relax. Book tours to the dunes, sunbathe on a deserted beach or enjoy the lush landscape at one of over 2,000 parks and gardens in Abu Dhabi. Unwind at a bar or enjoy a quiet dinner at an upscale restaurant. From architectural landmarks to endless shopping, there will be no dull moments in your schedule when you book trips to Abu Dhabi.

When visiting Abu Dhabi, be sure to:

  • Marvel at the Etihad Towers with its five towers
  • Visit the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its 82 white domes
  • Unwind at one of the many public beaches in the city
  • Check out the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi entertainment complex
  • Enjoy the water parks in Yas Island
  • Check out the luxurious Emirates Palace
  • Go on a food trip and sample several local and international cuisines
  • Take a look at the 18th century palace and fort of the Qasr al-Hosn
  • Browse through the shops and boutiques at the Marina Mall
  • Go to the Emirates National Auto Museum
  • Look at the Stone Age collection at the Al Ain National Museum
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Five decades ago, Abu Dhabi may have been little more than a fishing village, but now the emirate is a bustling metropolis. This green and attractive city might not be as sophisticated as neighbouring Dubai, but it benefits from a laid-back, relaxed feel and it does not suffer the same stifling traffic jams. You should note that the local language is Arabic and the currency is the dirham (AED). While in the city, you can enjoy shops galore, impressive mosques, green parks and cultural centres. Cheap flights to Abu Dhabi from the UK can take less than seven hours. To check these out, and to see the other United Arab Emirate destinations available, use our search tool.

When to go to Abu Dhabi

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is between October and May, when temperatures are lower. However, cheaper deals can be found from June to September and you should note that hotels, shops and other facilities are air-conditioned.

United Arab Emirates

federation of sheikhdoms (2005 est. pop. 2,563,000), c.30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The federation, commonly known as the UAE, consists of seven sheikhdoms: Abu Dhabi (territorially the largest of the sheikhdoms), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwain. The city of Abu Dhabi (1991 est. pop. 798,000) in Abu Dhabi is the capital.

Land and People

The land is largely hot, dry desert. Located in the eastern portion of the federation is a portion of the Jabal al Akhdar Mts. Less than half of the inhabitants of the UAE are Arabs; there are also Persians, Bangladeshis, Baluchis, Indians, and Westerners. Only about 20% of the UAE’s population are native citizens. The nonindigenous population is mostly from E and SE Asia and was first attracted by the employment provided by the UAE’s petroleum boom. Muslims comprise 96% of the population (80% of these are Sunni, the balance Shiite) and the remaining 4% are largely Christian and Hindu. The official language is Arabic, but Farsi and English are widely used, and Hindi and Urdu are spoken by many of the Asians.

Economy

Industries involving the area’s oil and natural-gas deposits are still critical to the increasingly diversified economy, but international banking, financial services, regional corporate headquarters, and tourism are also important. The traditional occupations of fishing and pearling are still practiced. Imports include food, manufactured goods, machinery, and chemicals; trading partners are Japan, South Korea, India, the United States, and Great Britain.

Government

The UAE is governed under the constitution of 1971, which was made permanent in 1996. A Federal Supreme Council (FSC), composed of the seven emirate rulers, is the highest constitutional authority in the UAE. A president and vice president are elected by the FSC for five-year terms. The highest legislative body is the unicameral Federal National Council, with 40 members. The members were previously all appointed by the rulers of the constituent states, but beginning in 2006 elections (initially participated in only by a select group of voters) were held for half the members; the rest are still appointed. Local matters are dealt with by the sheikhs. The UAE is a member of the United Nations and the Arab League.

History

The states that comprise the UAE were formerly known as the Trucial States, Trucial Coast, or Trucial Oman. The term trucial refers to the fact that the sheikhs ruling the seven constituent states were bound by truces concluded with Great Britain in 1820 and by an agreement made in 1892 accepting British protection. Before British intervention, the area was notorious for its pirates and was called the Pirate Coast. After World War II the British granted internal autonomy to the sheikhdoms. Discussion of federation began in 1968 when Britain announced its intended withdrawal from the Persian Gulf area by 1971.

Originally Bahrain and Qatar were to be part of the federation, but after three years of negotiations they chose to be independent. Ras al-Khaimah at first opted for independence but reversed its decision in 1972. After the 1973 rise in oil prices, the UAE was transformed from an impoverished region with many nomads to a sophisticated state with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world and a broad social welfare system. In 1981 the UAE joined the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The fall of the shah of Iran in 1979, the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, and the Iran-Iraq War threatened the stability of the UAE in the 1980s. In 1990, Iraq accused the UAE and Kuwait of overproduction of oil. The UAE participated with international coalition forces against Iraq during the Persian Gulf War (1991). Since the Gulf War the UAE has expanded its international contacts and diplomatic relations. A dispute erupted with Saudi Arabia in 1999 over relations with Iran, a traditional enemy; while Saudi Arabia appeared willing to seek improved ties, the emirates still regarded Iran as a foe. Sheikh Zaid ibn Sultan al-Nahayan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, was president of the UAE from the founding of the federation until his death in 2004, when his son and heir, Sheikh Khalifa ibn Zaid Al Nahayan, was elected to succeeded him.

Summary

The government is responding to the dynamics of the small national population in relation to a very large nonnational population, which could form the basis for future political instability or conflict, by treating expatriates as temporary residents who will be replaced in the future by qualified Emiratis. There is pressure on the educational system to produce graduates who are ready, willing and well qualified to join the work force, and on the Ministry of Education and Youth to get more UAE nationals into teaching positions.

The typical contract for an expatriate teacher is three to five years, though some expatriate teachers have been allowed to stay in the UAE longer. The turnover among expatriate teachers is about 15 to 18 percent per year, requiring the ministry to hire up to 2,300 new teachers a year from among the approximately 25,000 who apply.

Nationals in the system include university and teaching training institute graduates, but others with minimal qualifications are often hired as teachers and thousands have been hired without any formal education in the profession. No specific training levels are required for a national to qualify for a job and nothing like a teaching certificate exists in the UAE. The pay scales for national teachers are about sixty percent higher than for expatriates in the federal schools and national males are given further inducements to become a teacher. Nationals also have great advancement opportunities. About seventy percent of all principals are Emiratis. In spite of such measures, the goal of having a teaching force that is 90 percent Emirati by 2020 appears to have little chance of coming to pass.

Teachers, administrators, academics, and other observers of the UAE educational system have noted with concern poor quality instruction and learning exist in some outlets. Research has shown that teaching methods on the whole are traditional and based on rote memorization. Textbooks are seen as being at the center of learning through memorization. Teacher absenteeism is also a problem. Innovation on the part of teachers is often viewed as very difficult because of the demands of complying with a centralized curriculum and evaluation system enforced by administrators and school inspectors. Explanation and discussion are the most common methods reported with little use of small group, individualized, lecturing, experimental, laboratory, or role-playing methods.

Observers also argue that curricula are outmoded and that innovations, when instituted, are often practices that are going out of fashion elsewhere. Concerns have also been expressed about a culturally based emphasis on group relationships, which impedes individual effort. Performance in many areas is often years behind that of students in other national systems. Dropout rates are high. Expatriate teachers, as temporary guest workers, are contract workers whose views are often not considered by UAE administrators and who are not perceived as stakeholders in the system. Some expatriate teachers are trained for systems in which large class sizes are the rule and there is an intentional “weeding out” of marginal students, blocking their prospects for postsecondary education. The UAE can afford small class size and individualized instruction in environments in which most students can progress. The high turnover in expatriate staff prevents UAE schools from developing a cadre of experienced teachers upon which quality programs depend. Because expatriate teachers are trained in their home countries, the UAE cannot exert control over their training or qualifications or provide for some common basis of experience. Some question the advisability of having foreign teachers as role models for Emirati youth.

The UAE educational system faces considerable challenges but the UAE is one of the few nations on earth in which ample financial resources are available to help resolve them. The vision of the leadership and administrative skill of those guiding such programs within a diverse and complex cultural environment will determine the outcome.

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