UAE Area Guides: Abu Dhabi

Al Zahiyah Area Guide

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Al Zahiyah
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Once called the The Tourist Club Area, the city’s centre for entertainment and recreation and one of its oldest quarters, has been renamed as Al Zahiyah.

The area became known as Tourist Club when a beach was built by the Government in the 1970s to provide more recreation for people in Abu Dhabi.

The beach was just left of Le Meridien hotel and included entertainment such as bowling and ice-skating.

While the beach section no longer exists as such, the name has lingered on.

The new name, Zahiyah, means “colourful” in Arabic. 

The area is not dominated by a single nationality, instead it's home to many with a huge variety of restaurants - Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and European on offer to visitors. It also has large number of coffee shops, restaurants and hotels.

It is considered by many as the heart of Abu Dhabi.

The area was also a hub for traders.

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