Abu Dhabi – A Magical Arabian Oasis
Abu Dhabi is not only the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates. Is a truly oasis on the north-eastern part of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula. Was founded on an island with no more than 300 palm huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage, has created an intriguing mix of new and old. His culture is firmly rooted in Arabia’s Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam’s true commitment to tolerance and hospitality.
One of the most important architectural landmarks is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, an authentic treasures of contemporary UAE society, and one of the most opulent in the world.
While in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to have a relaxing walk on the Corniche Road, that spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront followed by a pristine beachfront awarded with the Blue Flag status.
The best place to start exploring the city and experience the Arabian lifestyle, is the magnificent Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, located within the acclaimed Qaryat Al Beri complex, on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland.
Whit its lush garden landscapes and its exotic sunset views from the hotel’s gazebo, place it in a serene, faraway world of its own.
Skilfully designed by the international renowned Northpoint architectural firm, and decorated by Trisha Wilson of Wilson Associates, the hotel’s impressive architecture and design, respects and reflects, the local architectural heritage, with its fine and distinctive Arabian architecture and contemporary décor, full of warm tones and organic textures.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, comprises 214 luxurious guestrooms and suites and 6 four-bedroom villas with private pools, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style, Walk-in monsoon shower, Pillow menu (suites only) and the Interactive Smart TV by VDA that provides all kind of information about the Hotel and local information, while allow the guest to interact with the Hotel, booking its services and facilities, even from his own mobile device.
Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing the perfect place to view stunning beach sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Frequent business travellers and leisure guests can experience life’s privileged luxuries personalised service and special benefits at an exclusive retreat, the Horizon Club.
The complex also includes six spectacular villas, each consisting of four bedrooms, while the Shangri-La Residences offer 161 spacious serviced apartments connected to all the facilities via the hotel’s waterway abras(Arabic gondolas) and club cars.