IN PICS: Abu Dhabi tourist attractions

abu-dhabi1_full.jpg
Visitors tour the new Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi, which upon completion will be the biggest mosque in the UAE and the third largest in the world. (Getty Images)
abu-dhabi3_full.jpg
Emirati men stand behind a scale model of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. France will set up a satellite of the famed Louvre museum by 2012 in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)
abu-dhabi4_full.jpg
French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres (right) shakes hands with the head of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnun Al-Nahayan after signing the agreement to build an annex of Paris' famed Louvre art gallery in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)
abu-dhabi5_full.jpg
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnun Al-Nahayan, president of Abu Dhabi tourism authority, Bruno Macquart, director of Agence France-Museums, and French Culture Minister Christine Albanel visit an exhibition dedicated to late Emirati leader Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahayan in Abu Dhabi.(Getty Images)
abu-dhabi6_full.jpg
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnun Al-Nahayan, president of Abu Dhabi tourism authority, looks at a map of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi where five museums will be constructed. (Getty Images)
abu-dhabi8_full.jpg
Finland's World Rally champion Marcus Gronholm (right) poses with Emirati driver Sheikh Khaled Al-Qassimi (second right) and former British Rally Driver Malcolm Wilson (3R) in Abu Dhabi after announcing a partnership between Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and BP-Ford World Rally Team. (Getty Images)
abu-dhabi9_full.jpg
Members of an Aboriginal dance group attend the launch of the first flight from Etihad Airways in Sydney to mark the opening of the airline's new non-stop route between Abu Dhabi and Sydney in Australia in 2007. Abu Dhabi will also open a Sydney-based tourist office in 2008. (Getty Images)
abu-dhabi10_full.jpg
Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace opened in 2005, a fairy tale-like hotel with a massive arch at the entrance, 114 domes decorated with ceramic, huge marble pillars and 1,000-plus crystal chandeliers. (Getty Images)
gugg_full.jpg
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, is pictured. Abu Dhabi will build its own version, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi contemporary arts museum on Saadiyat Island. (Getty Images)
saad_full.jpg
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan (centre) looks at the project model for Saadiyat Island with Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid during a ceremony at the Emirates Palace Hotel in 2007. (Getty Images)