ABU DHABI isn’t just a futuristic-looking city fringed by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. This is the largest of the seven emirates of the UAE, covering 26,000 square miles and encompassing 200 islands and a sand-dune desert where Arabian sand cats and oryx roam. It’s also the best place in the country to get in touch with the region’s history and traditional culture.
An emirate of souks and beach lounges, mosques and mangroves, oases and historic fortresses, Abu Dhabi’s diverse to say the least. And endlessly fascinating. Take a look at these 20 images and you’ll see what we mean.