Abu Dhabi - "Father of the gazelle" in Arabic " refers to both an emirate of the United Arab Emirates and its capital, also the capital of the federation. Located in the Persian Gulf, facing Iran, this emirate covers 80% of the U.A.E. Like the other capitals of the Gulf, Abu Dhabi, the city, is identifiable by its forest of futuristic skyscrapers. Dubai is shading it, but more and more tourists are choosing Abu Dhabi's beaches. The seaside pleasures and luxury of the designer boutiques are now matched by the grandiose cultural offer of Saadiyat Island, the island of museums, which saw the opening of the Abu Dhabi Louvre in 2017. A pharaonic work by Jean Nouvel, whose Galleries present the history of humanity in twelve chapters, from prehistoric to contemporary art. In addition, there are four temporary exhibitions also mounted with France. Another must-see masterpiece is the sumptuous Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of 40,000 worshippers. In a playful atmosphere, families enjoy the huge Yas Waterworld water park. But perhaps the most fabulous discovery will be the 6-star Emirates Palace Hotel, with its limitless luxury, which even has its own distributor... of gold. You will also have to reach Al Ain, the emirate's second largest city, in its oasis in the middle of the vast Abu Dhabi desert. Forget the international cuisine of hotels for traditional rice and fish dishes, topped with cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, nuts and dried limes.