Once in a while, I go visit either Dubai or Abu Dhabi before visiting other places. I have a really great friend, who I met during my travels in Namibia, who lives in UAE. So every time I get the chance, I go there even if it is just for a couple of days.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are different in many ways. Where Dubai attracts all the tourists with the world’s largest building and shopping mall, Abu Dhabi has a more calm setting. It has the Emirates Palace and other great buildings as well, but it is easier to meet local people than in Dubai.