When it is about unbridled luxury and vision, it is synonymous with Abu Dhabi. As I head out in a taxi driven by a Pakistani chauffeur, I fled past the high rise glass and steel symbols of power. Then there was the glistening bevy of white yachts that were anchored on the emerald hued marina as if it were a ramp and the white beauties were making a statement.
Next, we headed to the Ferrari World as it holds a great spectacle with its various shows and rides.
A must visit is the Emirates Palace Hotel, the second most expensive hotel in the world! And here, it’s all about the gold! In fact, we went there for an evening coffee and guess what? The coffee was served hot and dusted with gold flakes!
The evening was reserved for the most dramatic and cultural extravaganza, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The Mosque is the torch of cultural richness, beautifully created with minarets and tranquil Qubba; along with lavishly beautiful chandeliers. It is a beautiful work of grandeur and eye catching craftsmanship.
The floor adorned with marbles from all over the world and chandeliers from the Munich, Germany made the entire place look gorgeous and beautiful. The chandelier was made with crystals and the biggest of them is the second largest in any Mosque in the world and third largest in the world. This piece of art also has a staircase inside the chandelier which is used when it’s cleaned up.
The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque was been inspired by Persian, Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, in particular the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. These few were big & direct influences. In fact, the artisans from all over the world and materials contributed united the architectural world. It has one of the largest and lavish Iranian carpet.
Getting to the party scene – we realised that it’s not just the West or other party destinations that make the wave. Instead the new party zones are booming here in Abu Dhabi & one such place is MAD in YAS Island.
The Etihad airways was the official airline partner and sponsored the biggest fashion weeks around the world, including Mumbai, Milan, New York & London. They had the most tempting amenity bag and in fact, the flight attendants were in designer outfits, this shows the big way in which Abu Dhabi is launching itself as the biggest tourist destination.
Guggenheim is getting constructed with steel tubes and tunnels and will house the world’s most celebrated art. The giant saucer like museum is 95% completed and already boasts of housing arts like Titian’s Woman with a mirror, Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniere etc.
Abu Dhabi, in the coming generations will be known for some of the most important temples of culture, history or art that lie outside of London or Paris, New York.
Written by – Anuja Pandey
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