The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may be large, but it is much more modest than Dubai in many ways. Development projects have not been undertaken and the city has more green spaces, making it a pleasant place to visit and allowing the local Emirati flavour to shine through.
To get a glimpse of such elements, head to the traditional Heritage Village, which demonstrates the origins of Abu Dhabi before its rise from fishing village to global city. There are a few barasti huts and a museum, as well as views of Corniche Road - the sweeping coastal path that rims the city.
For a look at the more grandiose, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque fits the bill, as it is one of the most impressive places of Islamic worship found anywhere in the world. On a similar level of opulence is the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi's own seven-star hotel.