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Abu Dhabi
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Sheikh Zayed Mosque and fountainPatryk Kosmider/Shutterstock

Abu Dhabi

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Aldar headquarters buildingPatryk Kosmider/Shutterstock
Dhaws at Dhow HarbourPanoramas/Flickr
Ferrari World Abu DhabiAziz J Hayat/Wikipedia
Passageway at Sheikh Zayed MosqueVladimir Melnik/Shutterstock
Sculpture at Abu Dhabi International AirportRalf Roletschek/Wikipedia
Sheikh Zayed Mosque columns at duskVentdusud/Shutterstock
Abu Dhabi SkyscrapersThomas Galvez/Flickr
Atrium of Emirates PalaceAmgad Fahmi/Flickr
Colonnade at Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueAndrew Moore/Flickr
Dome interior at Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueMathias Apitz/Flickr
Formula RossaJazon88/Wikipedia
Front and entrance of the Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueFritzdacat/Wikipedia
Telephone box in Abu DhabiTanya Hart/Flickr
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi HotelRob Alter/Wikipedia
Beach RotanaJpbowen/Wikipedia
Nation TowersSam Nabi/Flickr
North side colonnade at Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueMattharvey1/Flickr
Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueFritzdacat/Wikipedia
Sheikh Zayed Mosque courtyardPatrik Dietrich/Shutterstock
Yas Marina CircuitPi3 124/Wikipedia
ADNOC HeadquartersEpizentrum/Wikipedia
Chandelier2, Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueAndrew Moore/Flickr
Cleveland Clinic Abu DhabiLam_chihang/Flickr
Distant view of Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueMax Montagut/Flickr
Interior arches at Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueJenny Mackness/Flickr
Marina Mall [Abu Dhabi]2013uaewikiuser/Wikipedia
Sheikh Zayed BridgeMohannad Khatib/Wikipedia
Chandelier, Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueJan Smith/Flickr
Minaret of Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueSergej Zlahtic/Flickr
World Trade Center Abu DhabiTrogledywretched/Wikipedia
Abu Dhabi MallJpbowen/Wikipedia
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu DhabiPanoramas/Flickr


Map of Abu Dhabi

Map of Al Ras Al Akhdar


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Abu Dhabi
GPS:24.467, 54.367
Fame:Capital and second largest city in the United Arab Emirates
Capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Where:On a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf
Population:1.5 million (2014)
Country:United Arab Emirates
Emirate:Abu Dhabi
Time zone:UAE standard time (UTC+4)

Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper had a population of 1.5 million in 2014.

Abu Dhabi houses federal government offices, is the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government, home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE, who is from this family. Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country’s center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre, due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy.

Abu Dhabi is the fourth most expensive city for expatriate employees in the region, and in 2014 was the 68th most expensive big city in the world.


















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