City life: Abu Dhabi

An intriguing mix of global influences, Abu Dhabi is the desert city with several centres — from the cultured Saadiyat Island and its frenetic alter ego, Yas Island, to the unexpected serenity of the wildlife-rich mangroves.

Abu Dhabi: Dune bashing

"Will I be allowed to drive once we're out there?" I ask hopefully from the front passenger seat of our Toyota Landcruiser as we head away from the Corniche, Abu Dhabi's urban beachfront.

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