IN PICS: Abu Dhabi tourist attractions

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)