The emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the UAE, is home to ten branches of Europcar, including one at Abu Dhabi International Airport. And, of course, Europcar's huge fleet of modern, safe, and reliable vehicles, which includes models to fit any size party or budgets, is always available. Choose from optional extra features like child seats, satellite navigation and extra driver cover, plus helpful services like 3-step easy online booking and express pick-up. So, whether you are looking to use Abu Dhabi as a base to strike out around the rest of the United Arab Emirates, or just want to be able to easily and conveniently negotiate the city and its outlying regions, Europcar's first class customer service is always on hand to help you start your trip off in the smoothest possible way.
By far the largest by area of all the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi accounts for more than 85% of the nation's land, yet is second in population size to Dubai. Some 5000 years ago, Abu Dhabi was a small fishing village and it stayed that way until the middle of the last century, when oil money fuelled its sudden and phenomenal growth. Not as sophisticated or cosmopolitan as its neighbour Dubai, Abu Dhabi has a far more laid back feel, and away from the modern, moneyed parts of town, the atmospheric backstreets paint a far more traditional picture. Offering much of the comfort and convenience of Dubai, including excellent restaurants and shopping, only with less traffic jams, nightclubs, partying and ostentatiousness, Abu Dhabi is a much more liveable city, and provides a more far more relaxing visit.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - With room for 41,000 worshippers, sporting more than 80 marble domes and over 1000 pillars, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Built from 100,000 tons of white Greek and Macedonian marble and then set in superbly tended gardens, the Mosque is visible from every entry point into Abu Dhabi, and open to the public at all times except during prayer.
The Emirates Palace - Built at a cost of $300 million and featuring 1002 crystal chandeliers, 400 luxury rooms and suites, 114 domes, and 4500 foot of private beach, this magnificent hotel doubles as the cultural centre of the city. It's used as a venue for opera and symphonic orchestras, plus it screens movies during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, as well as housing the Barakat Gallery and all its fine art pieces, expensive and opulent high tea, and an ATM that dispenses solid gold bars.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - It's a Ferrari-based theme park, what more can be said? Including rides that take you through a V12 engine, ride shotgun with a race-car champion, world class car exhibitions and live shows and 'Formula Rossa', the world's fastest roller coaster, that accelerates from 0-150 mph in under five seconds.