If you've read any of my previous posts, it should be quite clear by now that Abu Dhabi isn't a tiny little outpost in the middle of the desert with nothing around. It is an urban area in the middle of the desert with nothing around. Honestly, if you never left the island, you would likely never know you were in a desert. It is hot and sometimes there is a bit of sand in the air on windy days, but it is also humid, a very lush city with large buildings, hotels and restaurants.
The city has a busy central area called the Tourist Club Area where many of the hotels, restaurants, and bars are. The area around Hamdan Street is a busy central area with lots of stores and restaurants. Abu Dhabi is a big bustling city that you could expect to find in any modern country.