An emirate rich with culture, history and epic adventures
Abu Dhabi's fascinating, centuries-old story is a rich tapestry of epic adventure and incredible fortitude, covering the resilience of the Bedouins (nomadic Arab people), and the capital's impressive development. Not only have the people of Abu Dhabi been instrumental in its transformation, the creatures living here − from horses and camels to Salukis (desert hunting dogs) and falcons - have played their part too. There are a number of cultural and heritage tours on offer, giving you deeper insight into the emirate's customs and traditions, with each one adapted to all types of travellers, from families and friends to solo adventurers and larger groups.
Elegance of Tradition
Discover Noble Falconry
Experience the traditional Emirati sport of falconry, which has been practised for over 2,000 years, with special breeding and rearing methods being passed down through generations. Also visit the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the world's largest and most advanced.
Speed and Stamina
The Beloved Saluki
The Saluki has been a hunting and guard dog for the people of the Arabian Peninsula for 5,000 years. Its speed, intelligence and loyalty make it a much-beloved breed. Head to the Saluki Centre, which honours the desert traditions of hunting, training and breeding Salukis.
A Sea Legacy
With over 400 kilometres of pristine coastline and hundreds of natural islands, it’s no surprise that Abu Dhabi’s rich culture and heritage is intricately intertwined with the Arabian Gulf’s turquoise waters. Visit the House of Artisans’ Sea Craft section and be transported to the days of traditional seacraft.