Ras al Khaimah Weather ABU DHABI 2016/2017 Petit Futé – Dominique Auzias, Jean-Paul Labourdette
Abu Dhabi’s bet… Half a century of black gold, a strategic location in the heart of the Arabian-Persian Gulf, insolent concrete and glass rockets, internationally renowned museums invited as guest stars, hotels and golf courses emerging from the burning sands, an amazing multicultural society: it is urgent to come and take the measure (or the vertigo?) of the audacity displayed by this emirate of the Emirates, the richest, the largest, the most visionary. So we’ll sleep at the Yas, on a white steel plate above the F1 circuit, visit the marble Sheikh Zayed Mosque, then take a break under the 100,000 crystal facets of the Emirates Palace. Tomorrow, the shadow of the Louvre already stretches over the island of Saadiyat, an outpost of scholars facing the desert and its gazelles, dangerous dancers across the dunes and salt lakes. Yes, this is where the dromedaries run by remote-controlled robots, where a young tower rises steeper than its old Pisan sister, where the great architects are preparing a marina of art and leisure, where Ferrari runs a “boutique” in the form of an amusement park (carousel at 240 km/h!!). Around 2 million tourists in 2011; Abu Dhabi, a winning bet for a territory the size of two Switzerlands. Thanks to oil, in a few decades, a country has been built, proud neighbor/cousin of the turbulent Dubai: have we understood? The Golden Age, here, begins today, mixing a patient pursuit of Bedouin traditions and the most extravagant of modernities.