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A Mangrove Sanctuary

By Linda Tancs

A mangrove is a tidal swamp ecosystem found in tropical deltas, estuaries, lagoons or islands. Mangroves protect shorelines from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves and floods and also help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they provide sanctuary for bird and aquatic species. A new attraction in Abu Dhabi is Jubail Mangrove Park in Al Jubail Island. A short drive from the airport, it’s a sanctuary for bird and marine life native to the area. Its highlight is the boardwalk, comprising three routes totaling nearly 3 miles. The routes are posted with educational material and include a viewing tower, a floating platform with a net to view marine life, a beach tower for some toe-dipping (swimming is prohibited) and an area dedicated to the mangrove roots. High tide is the best time to visit.


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The Need for Speed in Abu Dhabi

By Linda Tancs

An interesting theme restaurant takes food service to new heights—as in 39 feet. That’s the size of the “tornado” track at Rogo’s, the world’s largest roller coaster-themed restaurant at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi. Surrounded by a series of tracks enveloping the two-story, 360-seat eatery, diners order their food on digital tablets and then watch it swoosh down in covered pots strapped to trays. If that doesn’t satisfy your need for speed, you can head on over to the adjoining Ferrari World and Formula One race track.

Ferrari World

By Linda Tancs

Less than 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport is the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World.  The Italian race car-themed park comes complete with Italian inspired scenery, Italian food and lots of race car rides.  Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest roller coaster at 149 mph.  Why in Abu Dhabi?  They say it’s ideally located at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, in one of the world’s fastest growing tourist attractions, named by Frommers Guide and Lonely Planet as one of the top ten places to visit in 2010.  Curiously, the ticket pricing is based on height.  Kids, then, generally fare better (no pun intended).


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