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  • Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate - 1 of 12

    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    Abu Dhabi is working to catch up to its long-showier sister Dubai in upscale hotel inventory, travel-related infrastructure, leisure and cultural attractions and, perhaps most importantly, worldwide brand recognition. Shown here, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, arguably Abu Dhabi’s biggest attraction, which began construction 16 years ago. Photos by Kenneth Kiesnoski; posted April 10, 2012.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The mosque is home to the world's largest chandelier, weighing 10 tons.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The restored historical Jahili Fort near Al Ain is one of Abu Dhabi's oldest fortified structures.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    A camel trader shows off his living wares in Al Ain's new camel souk.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The exclusive Monte Carlo Beach Club, open to visitors on a day pass, is part of the massive Saadiyat Island development.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    Auto-themed Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor theme park, measuring some 2.2 million square feet.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The new Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel sits about the emirate's Formula 1 Grand Prix racetrack.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The Yas Driving School at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit complex offers visitors lessons in Formula 1-style racing.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital offers daily tours to visitors.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    Tourists climb a sand dune before sunrise in the Liwa Desert.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    The exclusive, isolated Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, located in the dunes of the Liwa Desert.

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    Abu Dhabi: The tortoise emirate

    Entrance to the Al Ain Oasis, on the Omani border.

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