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Abu Dhabi Travel Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 6d ago
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The stunning Arabian capital of the United Arab Emirates certainly is a destination to visit if you love luxury, opulence and the desert life. While Abu Dhabi is emerging as a top tourist spot because of architectural wonders like the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the restaurants and shopping malls are also not falling behind. On your trip to the city of Abu Dhabi, explore the Dalma Mall for an eventful experience.

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With an area of over 147,000 square metres, the Dalma Mall of Abu Dhabi is the capital city’s largest shopping mall to have ever been built in the city. The facility is owned by The Developers LLC and includes an astonishing 480 stores, 14 screen cinemas, a children’s entertainment zone, restaurants and even a parking facility to accommodate over 7,500 car spaces. Talk about being one of a kind!

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This impressive retail outlet is located opposite the Mohammad Bin Zayed City and has been essentially built to meet the retail demand of the current rise in visitors touring the city. The location of the mall itself also provides a relief to the local residents without having to travel large distances for a simple grocery trip. As the total built up of the mall is around 250,000 square metres, the Dalma Mall of Abu Dhabi definitely has the potential to increase and expand further more all while surpassing their 40,000 visitors a day by a long shot! 

Check out the marvel and get shopping! Also, since visiting the malls at Abu Dhabi can certainly put a hole in your wallet and tire you out for the day, you can unwind and taste some local cuisine at the best restaurants the city has to offer as you recharge your batteries in Abu Dhabi!

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Abu Dhabi Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 1w ago
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Abu Dhabi has no shortage of tourist attractions for you to check out, especially with the ever-increasing manmade architecture in the area. Besides the exquisite Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and the popular Ferrari World, as the land of luxury and opulence, the city of Abu Dhabi also has another popular tourist hotspot that many people fail to visit; Yas Island.

Yas Island, is in fact, an actual island in Abu Dhabi and has been built and designed with the purpose of adding multiple leisure activities to bring in more visitors to Abu Dhabi. It occupies a total area of 2500 ha and is within 30 minutes drive from the main city capital and holds a large number of entertainment attractions that you could ever wish to explore.

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The emerging entertainment destination of Abu Dhabi is home to the state of the art Yas Marina Circuit, which is world known for the annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit also provides you with a variety of packages when not in use by famous drivers from the world over. Another spot to check out on the island is the Yas Marina, home to some of the most stunning and extravagant yachts. And who can forget about the Ferrari World? The exhilarating experience is a statement in itself for the popular island. Catering to the entertainment of all ages, another important attraction on the Yas Island is the Yas Waterworld. With over 43 rides and slides, and spanning across 15 football pitches, this amazing water park provides the perfect family experience during your trip to the Arabian city.

Why waste time wondering and reading when you can actually book a flight to Abu Dhabi and enjoy a scenic experience like no other!

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Abu Dhabi Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 1w ago
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The luxurious city of Abu Dhabi is indeed a wonder to behold with its freshly manicured gardens and beautifully designed architectural buildings. And, besides being the land of the desert and extravagance, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates is also mainly known for an iconic landmark representing the late president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

This Grand Mosque was an ambitious project launched by the late president Sheikh Zayed and is a symbol and vision of Islamic diversity, and also his personal final resting place on the adjacent ground complex. The elegantly designed mosque can hold up to 50,000 worshippers and is one of the few in the region open to non-Muslims, and as a result, a popular hotspot for tourists.

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The Sheikh Zayed Mosque has over 80 marble domes that are held by 1000 pillars and punctuated by four 107m high minarets. Besides the stunning design and depiction of modern Islamic architecture, the mosque is adorned with 100,000 tons of pure white Greek and Macedonian marble, delicate floral inlays with semi-precious stones as well as traditional geometric ceramic details.

This wonderful view is open to all visitors, except during prayer times. Besides that, you can even snag a tour which explains the Islamic religion and the tour of the complex. You can even get a chance to observe the mosque etiquette by changing into their borrowed abayas and kandouras, all free of charge.

Head on over to check out this stunning display of architecture by booking your flight to Abu Dhabi today!
 

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  • First InsureTech Specialist in the Region Promises Transparency, Accessibility and Simplicity
  • Aqeed’s Fund Raise: the Largest Round For An Insurance Technology Company In The Region

8 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Having raised a ground breaking USD18 million from its corporate shareholders in a landmark Series A round of funding, Aqeed.com, the first InsureTech Specialist in the region, is now live. 

Designed to offer customers a new level of transparency, accessibility and simplicity in understanding the insurance options most suited to them, Aqeed.com aims to disrupt the way in which insurance in bought, managed and serviced by providing access to an unparalleled portfolio of insurance companies. 

Undoubtedly, the largest round for an insurance technology company in the region, the funding will go towards penetrating the UAE and KSA market, hiring the right talent, and investing in the latest insurance technology. 

According to Rachid Abi Nader, CEO of Aqeed, "As an InsureTech veteran myself, Aqeed not only directly addresses problems common to the insurance market, but the concept goes over and beyond insurance aggregators currently in place. Indeed, the team we have put in place for Aqeed has tremendous expertise in both the insurance and technology fields.”

Founded by the shareholders behind Barents, an A-rated international Reinsurance group, and Equitrust, a company member of Choueiri Group (MENA’s leading media and advertising group), Aqeed’s vision is to change the way in which customers perceive insurance. 

Abi Nader added, “Our aim is to go beyond the traditional and online distribution model and invest heavily in bringing the latest InsureTech innovation, from artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, telematics, as well as business process enhancement and automation.” 

“As insurance experts, we want to help customers understand what they are buying,” said Hadi Radwan, Chief Product Officer, “That way we can bridge the gap between what they have and what they need. Furthermore, the aim is to bring everything related to their insurance needs onto a singular friendly and efficient platform. With a frictionless flow of information now making it possible to make choices that are more informed, Aqeed aims to adopt the best of the digital environment while still retaining an intelligent human touch.”

“As a technology company we are focused on making insurance simple for customers. We have designed our solutions to help consumers understand, manage and buy insurance in an easy and transparent manner,” he added.

Abi Nader added, “The present technology aims at making each interaction simpler and Aqeed has been conceived as a platform where customers can easily access and manage all their insurance documents in one place, thanks to our unique personalized dashboard. Our sister company owns an insurance brokerage license, and our UAE call center allows consumers to talk to their own go-to insurance experts. We guide our customers not only through the buying process but also help in the post-sale process, in the event of claims.”

“Aqeed is introducing smart InsureTech to improve the life of MENA consumers and we are delighted to be their partner in this exciting journey,” said Patrick Thiriet, Chief Strategy Office of Choueiri Group. “Our capacity to reach out those consumers in the region is certain to be an asset as they gain traction with their unique offering.”

After the launch of its core platform, Aqeed is adding on value for money adjuncts, including the development of a mobile application. Car insurance is available immediately and Aqeed will be adding Home and Travel insurance to the portfolio very soon. Regional expansion is also high on the agenda with Saudi Arabia being targeted not to mention other MENA countries that are rapidly converging towards insurance and digital adoption. 

About Aqeed
Aqeed.com is a technology company focused on making insurance simple for customers. We designed our technology solutions to help consumers understand, manage and buy insurance on a friendly and efficient platform. Founded by the shareholders behind Barents, an A rated international Reinsurance group, and Equitrust, a company member of Choueiri Group (MENA’s leading media and advertising group), Aqeed’s vision is to make insurance simple, transparent and accessible.

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Abu Dhabi Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 1w ago
Louvre Abu Dhabi museum as seen from the outside. Credit: CC/ Wikiemirati

Abu Dhabi is a rapidly growing city. It’s getting wider, taller and is also increasing in popularity amongst tourists. More and more people are looking to Dubai’s sister city as a potential destination for a short break or for a more substantial trip. It’s often known as a playground for billionaires, which can often be off-putting to people looking to visit. That is, of course, one side of United Arab Emirates’ capital city but it doesn’t tell the whole tale. There are plenty of things to do and see from tours of extravagant buildings and ancient sites to a world famous bird sanctuary.

We live in the age of the billionaire. According to The Guardian, the world’s super-rich hold the highest concentration of wealth since the United States Gilded Age in the latter part of the 1800s. Research by Betway Casino online has found that the number of billionaires in the world has increased tenfold in the last two decades and now stands at well over 2,100.

The hyper-wealthy are associated with several specific areas across the world including, of course, the United Arab Emirates. Forbes has described Abu Dhabi as a billionaire’s playground with its fast cars, tall buildings and world-class hotels but you don’t have to be rich to enjoy UAE’s capital city. Abu Dhabi has lots of things to do for people whose bank balance has fewer than three commas. Let’s take a look at some of the best.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

You don’t have to go to Paris to visit the Louvre. No, Abu Dhabi has its very own Louvre art gallery where you can view the single most expensive painting ever sold. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Christ, ‘Salvator Mundi’, went to auction back in 2017. According to the BBC, the piece was sold to Badr bin Abdullah for over $450 million and is now on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. It’s an incredible building in an excellent location and a day ticket can be picked up for less than US $20.

World’s fastest roller coaster

If an art gallery isn’t to your tastes then this is just about the opposite. The United Arab Emirates is home to many world records. It has the biggest building, the most expensive ice cream and, of course, the fastest roller coaster on planet earth.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is one of the most impressive amusement parks on earth and is home to the incredible Formula Rossa. The one-of-a-kind attraction is the fastest roller coaster in the world. Opened in 2010, the ride lasts a little over 90 seconds but reaches speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour. Entry to the park is certainly affordable with a day ticket available for less than US $70 according to the official website.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Abu Dhabi is home to the place which was twice voted the second best landmark on the planet by TripAdvisor. It is not an amusement park or an art gallery but the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Construction began in 1996 on this structure which is now a sight to behold. Reasonably-priced tours of this incredible building are offered for around US $70 and whether you’re a practising Muslim or not, this is a place worth visiting.

Falcon hospital

There are a lot of things which people commonly associate with Abu Dhabi, caring for birds isn’t exactly the best known. However, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the largest centre of its kind on the planet. Employees look after the country’s national bird and offer tours which are educational and reasonably priced at less than US $60.

Tours

If you really want to explore Abu Dhabi then a guided tour is the best way to do it. In an area so broad and varied, there are slightly more offerings than walking expeditions and a brief hop on a bus. Those are still available but many tourists prefer the excitement of the popular desert safari. Customers are shown the rolling deserts which surround Abu Dhabi but there is more to the city than sand. Also available is a kayak tour which explores the city via its mangroves.


Marina Mall

Whether this is reasonably priced or not obviously depends on how much you want to buy. Abu Dhabi is known for its incredible shopping scene with its particular emphasis on the big brands. That variety can be seen in abundance at the massive Marina Mall shopping centre in the city. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon whether you spend heaps of many on designer items or not.

The Observation deck at 300

This is the sort of thing you can do in Abu Dhabi and nowhere else on the planet. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on the planet and the 160-storey structure obviously provides quite a view. You can check it out for yourself at Observation Deck at 300 in the city where you can get the sort of glimpse of the world which isn’t available anywhere else on the planet. Some time on the observation deck is reasonably priced too at less than US $20. Just don’t go up there if you’re scared of heights.

 

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Abu Dhabi Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 1w ago
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Besides being a symbol of luxury and extravagance, Abu Dhabi is widely known for its man-made attractions like the ever famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Ferrari World. While you can visit these on your holiday, take a chance and explore the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi for learning something more the city, and the world as a whole. No doubt you will find the trip to the museum highly knowledgeable, but also a cathartic experience.
 

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is built on a man-made peninsula and is open to water on all three sides, providing stunning views for the location. The maze-like walk showcases history and art through the ages, and how man despite the different civilizations is not really different after all. The galleries are separated into 12 chapters of mankind where you will get to see the evolution and influence in the most simplistic form of display. The Louvre Abu Dhabi also proudly displays Islamic art, Arab dominance and contribution by the Middle East in the global culture, which many people fail to realise or acknowledge.

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Besides the stunning interior display pieces by world-renowned artists, the exterior is also a work of art itself. The dome which covers the entirety of the museum is a combination of trapezoidal shapes which filter in sunlight, changing the way light enters throughout the day. It is said to have been inspired by the stars and is symbolic of the importance as a guide for the Bedouins travelling in the desert.

You are sure to feel calm once you enter this space, where art is the major focus. You will almost feel like you are walking into a place of worship! Despite the pomp and grandeur in all other attractions in Abu Dhabi, the Louvre is a much-needed space that provides an environment where you can not only learn about the past but also get a chance to visualise a better and more optimistic future.

Visit now and have a once in a lifetime experience by booking your flight to Abu Dhabi today!

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Abu Dhabi Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 1w ago
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Whenever you think of the United Arab Emirates, especially the capital city of Abu Dhabi, all that comes to mind is sun, sand and beaches. Now despite the natural geography of the Emirate, this city never fails to showcase all that has to offer in terms of tourist attractions and gastronomic hotspots. Read more to find out all that lies when you visit Abu Dhabi.

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As the capital city, Abu Dhabi never fails to showcase its rich heritage and Arabian opulence to anyone that comes for a visit. Now, while the idea of beaches and sun sounds tempting to work on the tan, you can always try checking out the Louvre Abu Dhabi which is a new focal attraction recently opened in the city. The museum transports you through time and across various countries and cultures and the design is truly a wonder to behold along with its impressive collection of the art.

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Now, if you aren’t of the artistic temperament, try out the Ferrari World where you can race across in the sleek red cars or zoom through on the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of up to 150 miles per hour! Eat, play and shop at this must-visit spot.

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Now if that is too fast for you and you prefer exploring, then definitely visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The pristine white marble designed structure will have your jaw dropping! Females can also wear the local outfits and snap some pictures during the visit. Besides that, Abu Dhabi also has a wide variety of restaurants offering some of the best cuisine made by world known Chefs.

If you weren’t tempted before, then you must be now. There is much more to do in this hidden gem of the Middle East. Do not miss out on a chance to get travelling and visit the luxurious city of Abu Dhabi by booking your flight today!
 

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Image Source: @Blooloop via Twitter

In April, the news was announced that Dubai developer Meeras had signed an ambitious agreement with US firm, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. As part of the $2.1 billion Bluewaters project, the firm will construct a manmade island packed with accommodation and entertainment venues, just off the coast of the Jumeirah Beach Residence area. According to recent press releases and business reports, the new hotel resorts will offer a broad mixture of entertainment and gourmet celebrity restaurants.

Caesars, like many of the other leading entertainment corporations whose business roots are firmly planted in Las Vegas, are not only expanding the range of entertainment on offer in their own heartland, but they’ve also been branching out elsewhere around the world. Several have already established themselves successfully in Asian hotspots such as Macao, where multi-billion casino resort complexes have been built over the last decade. One such example is the Venetian, which boasts the largest casino floor in the world and is vastly bigger than its Las Vegas counterpart.

Internet gambling has also boomed significantly in recent years, whether it’s placing bets on the results of sports teams, or playing classic casino games such as live roulette, providing increasingly stiff competition for the traditional bricks and mortar casinos, which have had to evolve and adapt in such a competitive market. Even in Las Vegas, with its ‘Sin City’ moniker earned from a history of gambling culture at its core and an assortment of adult-focused entertainment, times are certainly changing. These days, the focus is increasingly on promoting the Nevada city as an entertainment hub and family holiday destination.

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While casinos and betting may be prohibited in UAE, those aren’t the only activities that have made the Caesars brand so strong. In Las Vegas, high profile sports events such as boxing world title fights are regularly hosted at Caesars Palace. Likewise, headline shows at The Colosseum featuring the biggest names in the music industry such as Elton John, with his Million Dollar Piano show earning glowing TripAdvisor reviews, over several years of his residency at the venue. Along with nightclubs and a wealth of shopping arcades featuring leading designer brands, there’s also giant aquariums and other activities aimed at families.

These are the kind of hospitality activities that US firm Caesars Entertainment Corporation want to bring to UAE, as part of the impressive multi-billion project agreed with Dubai developer Meraas, with the manmade Bluewaters Island resort being a “family oriented destination”, featuring what will be only the second Caesars Palace hotel in the world.

Initially scheduled to open by December 2018, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai will have 178 rooms of accommodation, along with one indoor and two outdoor pools, an expansive health spa complex and six signature restaurants, accompanied by an event hall which will also offer conference facilities, plus a business center. The second hotel, simply titled and with little variation as Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, will feature over 300 rooms of accommodation with two outdoor pools and three restaurants, along with additional business and corporate facilities, plus another sizeable event hall. Both hotels will exclusively share a private beach stretching around 450 meters in length.

As part of the broader project, ten apartment buildings will also be constructed, along with around 200 retail stores and restaurant outlets, with ample provision for 4,500 parking spaces. One of the key landmarks of the Bluewaters Island is what looks set to become the world’s largest observation wheel, the Ain Dubai at 210 meters, which will dwarf the London Eye standing at 135 meters.

Later this year, @MeraasDubai's Bluewaters Island will become home to Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai. Get your first look at the luxury resorts. https://t.co/9SgOvlhLZTpic.twitter.com/JRj7FKWtAC

— CaesarsEntertainment (@CaesarsEnt) April 16, 2018
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Are you visiting the beautiful capital city of Abu Dhabi this month? While there are plenty of luxury hotels and tourist attractions to keep you busy during the summer months, you can also take some time away to have a coffee break and view the beautifully crafted coffee art at the little Café Artea in Abu Dhabi.

Growing rapidly in the coffee scene of Abu Dhabi, this little café is definitely turning up the ante when it comes to serving artistic coffee. Café Artea, an emerging coffee shop in Abu Dhabi is founded by brothers Adnan and Adel Al Hosani. The brothers had a vision of creating something that would set them apart from the rest of the competition in the coffee scene, and they have achieved that by opening this new concept café.

Credit: Café Artea

Café Artea is a small, yet beautifully decorated coffee shop with modern and sophisticated interiors. It offers the perfect blend of powder blue, light wood and copper materials that give off a warm and cosy feel. A bonus, they are the perfect backdrop for capturing insta-worthy pictures as well!

Credit: Cafe Artea

The 3D designed coffees at Café Artea in Abu Dhabi are commanding much attention as they showcase the patience and the artistic side of the employees with the whisk and a much needed steady hand. The only downside to this otherwise perfect getaway is that you will probably need to have your coffee cold as you spend the rest of the time getting in that perfect shot to upload on social media.

Rent a car, or book a tour and visit the beautiful Emirate of Abu Dhabi for a sunny time and treat yourself to this picture perfect coffee!

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Abu Dhabi Blog by Abudhabi.com Editorial Team - 1w ago

Are you ready for some summer sunshine in the city of Abu Dhabi? Well, grab your sunscreen and swimsuits for gearing up for the hottest time of the year in the United Arab Emirates. Another reason for visiting this month is to celebrate the wonderful festival of Ramadan. Read more to find out about this popular local festival.

Celebrated as per the Islamic Calendar, Ramadan is a month when Muslims fast for long periods of the day, nearly over 13 hours and break the fast every day after sunset. For the year of 2018, this celebration has been announced to be taking place from mid-May to mid-June.

The fast generally starts at sunrise and ends when the sun has set and occurs for a nearly a month, with the dates changing every year as per the solar and lunar calendar. You can be in for a treat at the end of the day, as you find large gatherings of families and friends, all uniting to celebrate the end of the fast for the day.
As a mark of respect for the people celebrating this festival, most restaurants will not serve food and drinks in public spots during the day, though that changes with every establishment as per rules set by the city of Abu Dhabi.

Don’t let the strict rules dampen your holiday spirit, as you can still grab tickets for having fun at the local tourist hotspots like The Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. If you want to beat the heat, then try some fun water sports activities with your family and friends as well.

Grab a car and drive around in the capital city of Abu Dhabi during this sunny month. Ramadan Mubarak!

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