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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi is an archipelago of islands along the edge of the Arabian Gulf. That is why, surprisingly for a desert city, you'll find water attractions beckoning everywhere in Abu Dhabi: Mangrove marshes border its eastern shore, and there are flat, sandy beaches at every turn. But you can also drive about 90 minutes out of Abu Dhabi and find the stunning vistas and orange-hued dunes of the Rub' al-Khali (the Empty Quarter), the largest contiguous sand desert in the world. In between your beachy morning and dune-trek afternoon, you can shop in a gleaming mall, eat a delicious shawarma sandwich made in a tiny storefront, or visit the inspiring Grand Mosque.