Abu Dhabi's Tourism Authority (tel. 02-444-0444; www.visitabudhabi.ae), on Al Salam Street, is part of a ministry, and does not typically serve the public. Check the website for visitor information.
The capital of the U.A.E. is an island city connected by bridges to the mainland and surrounded by the Gulf. It's designed on a grid system built around a central "T," with the Corniche running along the coast and the Airport Road traversing the length of the island. Streets that parallel the Corniche (which is the same as 1st Street) have odd numbers, and those that parallel the Airport Road (the same as 2nd Street) have even numbers. The city's main tourist areas are as follows: Al Ras Al Akhdar, at the northwestern tip; the nearby Breakwater, an area of reclaimed land connected by a causeway to the west Corniche; Corniche West; Corniche East, and central Abu Dhabi; Al Meena and the so-called Tourist Club Area, at the island's northeastern tip; and finally the southern end of the island, which includes the areas of Al Matar, Al Maqtaa, and Al Safarat. Two new island projects, Saadiyat Island and Yas Island, will considerably increase the city's reach.
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