Culture - the things we find important, beliefs and habits - gives the city its distinctiveness - its flavour, tone and patina. The art of city-making touches all these dimensions.
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Charles Landry, The Art of City Making
Abu Dhabi Corniche Park & Gardens
Park Corniche Abu Dhabi
What makes it great?:The corniche alongside the water and the parks across the street have been designed to be inviting, functional, and welcoming. In cooler times, this has become the most relaxing point in the city where rollerbladers can cruise in their own 'fast lane', kids can learn to ride bikes, and people can get out of their cars and mingle with each other for a change. There is plenty of parking, and the range of water fountains give you a choice of many environments to relax, open up your camping chairs, smoke shisha, have a bbq or just relax. The parks are becoming a place where one can really feel a sense of being a part of this very unique city, which counts itself as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world.
What would make it better?:More properly cleaned toilet facilities and more tall shady trees or tenting would make it better. Also vendors such as ice cream vans, coffee shops, and shwarma stands would get more people out and really make Abu Dhabi feel more like a community melting pot, and less like a salad bowl.
Amy Subaey , Professional Development at English Language Teachers