Three bridges connect Abu Dhabi with the mainland, crossing the narrow sea inlet which separates the city from the mainland close to one another about 15km from the centre. Crossing Al Maqtaa Bridge, the middle of the three, you’ll probably notice an old watchtower sitting in the middle of the water, while just over the bridge you’ll pass the quaint little Al Maqtaa Fort (not open to the public), which once guarded approaches to the city.

The area south of here, on the mainland between Al Maqtaa and Mussafah bridges – now popularly (if unimaginatively) known as Between the Bridges (Bain al Jessrain) – has become a major tourist destination with the recent opening of a string of hotels, including the opulent Shangri-La.

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