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A pearl on the Gulf coast

From Formula 1 circuits to mangrove forests, and spectacular mosques to Bedouin camps, Ros Drinkwater discovers Abu Dhabi’s culture of contrasts

22nd April, 2015
The Yas Viceroy Hotel on Yas Island

‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree . . .”

They just might have had Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s dream in mind when they built the Yas Viceroy Hotel. My cab pulled up outside a dazzling space age creation – the only hotel in the world surrounded by a Formula 1 circuit. I had come to Yas Island, one of the many islands that surround the city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the largest of...

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