We look closer at Abu Dhabi’s past…and future. There’s something more to tell besides those high rise buildings and those wonder malls.
Beyond the scultures, the folklore clothing, the glitter, the hype, and the superlatives—the world’s tallest buildings and biggest artificial ski slopes—lie authentic bedouin civilizations.
“Abu Dhabi, the official capital of the U.A.E., had for years been considered the quiet, older (and richer) sister among the three most important Emirati cities,” writes Whitney Robinson in her latest Traveler article, Beyond the Glitz of Abu Dhabi. But not far from the dazzle is a different version of the emirate: a place where the local markets, not the malls, are still the best spots to shop, and where the souks are fragrant with spices