Explore the highlights of Abu Dhabi
The holidays to Abu Dhabi is much more than exploring beaches and streets - from the fastest roller coaster in the world to cappuccinos sprinkled with gold. Abu Dhabi offers you a lot of fun activities to make your trip memorable and enjoyable. Take a cruise of the islands that encompass the city, experience a spot of deep sea fishing in the Arabian Gulf, go for the scuba diving in shipwrecks, enjoy water skiing at Beach Rotana or you can even travel out into the desert and can go for Sandboarding. And the fun does not stop there on Abu Dhabi luxury holidays; to experience more fun and adventurous activities, ride a quad bike across the desert, ride camels and horses through the sand dunes, drive a sports car at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place, and enjoy playing golf at the world-class Yas Links course. If you like to explore something a little more urban, you should visit the shining Abu Dhabi Mall, the exquisite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and of course the wonderful hotels and luxuries resorts you will find across the city. Abu Dhabi offers lots of fun ideas for family getaways and historic and cultural attractions in abundance to tourists and travellers. So why not visit this season?
The United Arab Emirates experience year-round sunshine and the daytime temperature rarely dips below 24°C. The best time to visit is between November and March when the average maximum temperature is 25°C – an ideal temperature for sightseeing and sunbathing. The scorching summer months fall between May and September, where temperatures often exceed 40°C.
Discover ancient sculptures on display in lavish hotels, head to the newest art addition, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, for state-of-the-art permanent collections and masterpieces on loan from its Paris counterpart, and visit one of the United Arab Emirates’ most outstanding monuments, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, where glistening white marble domes meet chandeliers, gilded calligraphy and Mamluk, Ottoman and Faklid styles. Aimed predominantly at families and kids, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is worthy an afternoon stop for roller coasters and simulators, and Yas Island’s WaterWorld offers a similar experience, albeit with surf waves and super slides instead. If you’re looking for sand there’s plenty of it – the renowned Corniche Beach has three long stretches with the majority of beach being Blue Flag certified. No Abu Dhabi holiday is complete without a journey into the desert – take a morning or evening safari and experience everything from sand boarding to dune bashing and a traditional Bedouin evening feast. Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular departure points for Arabia and Indian Ocean cruises. Cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean made Abu Dhabi their home port for at least one of their ships, allowing you to travel in style around the Arabian Sea and beyond.
Where is Abu Dhabi?
In the Arabian peninsula on the north-eastern side of the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an island city just 250 metres from the mainland, connected by four bridges: Maqta bridge, Mussafah bridge, Sheikh Zayed bridge and Sheikh Khalifa bridge.
Bus services have thorough networks throughout the emirate while silver taxis and metered limousines are also popular methods of transport. Hiring a car is easy and convenient and roads are good – although often gridlocked during rush hour.
Abu Dhabi’s shopping malls are almost out of this world, packed not only with designer stores and high-end brands but also cinemas, entertainment and dining. You’ll find the very best of Arabic sweets and pastries, cult perfumeries selling hand-made scents and even ice rinks, bowling alleys and musical fountains. Shopping highlights include Yas Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Avenue at Etihad and The Galleria.
Food and drink
Red snapper and ceviche, Persian cuisine, omakase Japanese tables, restaurants with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto wild beaches and rooftop bars where cocktails come with a serving of smoke: nightlife in Abu Dhabi is exciting, innovative and lavish. Mostly found in hotels and resorts, you’ll find candlelit dining with Arabian Gulf views, stylish cafes with vegan menus and sky-high delights overlooking Yas Marina and afternoon tea 300 metres up at Etihad Tower’s Observation Deck 300.
Our popular hotels
Discover Abu Dhabi multi-centresHome to empty deserts, white beaches, warm waters and year-round sunshine, Abu Dhabi is an ideal holiday destination for those seeking a taste of Arabia’s fine dining, culture, shopping and tradition, and all within a short distance from the bright lights of Dubai. The capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi was once a small fishing village surrounding a fort and a scattering of houses, yet today has grown to become one of the world’s most exclusive holiday destinations. The emirate of Abu Dhabi has established itself as a major global transport hub by connecting Abu Dhabi International Airport to destinations all over the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and on to the wider world. This enviable connectivity makes Abu Dhabi a convenient stopover point and a fabulous component of an exciting multi-centre itinerary with locations such as the Maldives, Kerala and Phuket. Choose any of our featured hotels as part of your holiday – many of which also have special offers for Kuoni customers. Call us on 02085708283or visit us in store to speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts and tailor make your own holiday with https://skytraktravel.com ..
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Welcome to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque! A must visit place in the capital city of UAE for Friday gatherings, saying prayers and everyday worships. Many travellers consider it as one of the top things to do in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world is capable to accommodate a maximum of 40,000 people. Needless to say, architectural accomplishments and the mosque is the best example of Persian art. All the domes, sections, gold overlaid crystal fixtures, and the world's biggest hand-knotted carpets adorn the mosque. Surely, the mosque is the best bit piece of architecture you can wonder while in Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari World Theme Park
Known for its enormous territory, the Ferrari World Theme Park is one of its sorts and a must visit attraction in Abu Dhabi. The amusement park offers an amazing experience and various activities to the people of all age group. It is situated on Yas Island, so anyone can reach the amusement park from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or Sharjah easily. Also, you and your kids can enjoy riding a Ferrari F1 racer vehicle, to the wonder of the Ferrari Gallery, this place is ideal for a day-long journey.
For all the admirers of wealth, Yas Island is the place to visit. Whether you are taking your loved one on a romantic dinner, going for a peaceful beach walk, or wondering at the exceptional examples of the modern architecture while taking a helicopter tour, Yas Island brings the ultimate fun and enjoyment to every wander lusting soul. You must explore here the spectacular views of Arabian Gulf from flying aces, and bird’s eye view from sea wings are amazing in their own respective manner. Yas Island can watch out for all your wander lusting desires.
Abu Dhabi & Dubai are popular for their boutiques and outstanding shopping facilities. The capital city of Arab Emirates offers some of the most luxury brands in the world. Abu Dhabi Mall, Avenue at Etihad – to enjoy boutique shopping, Yas Marina Mall, is also popular for the most elegant shopping. Amid others, Souk Central Market, The Galleria, Paris Avenue, and Carpet Souk are some other exquisite shopping places. Iranian Souk is the home to explore homeware, pottery, pillow, and Iranian Bedspread in diverse class and designs. The handloom items exhibit fine handwork and mind-boggling design with fine weaving. While Carpet Souk situated at Al Khaleej al Arabi Street offers various types of vivid rugs and mats, of more than 4000 sorts, all housed in 3 floors.
Arabic. English is widely understood.
• Visas are not required for UK passport holders
February: Qasr Al Hosn Festival – Visit the historic Qasr Al Hosn Fort to celebrate Abu Dhabi's history and heritage
April: Abu Dhabi Festival – A spectacular cultural festival offering music, theatre, dance and traditional arts.
June-July: Ramadan – The holy month. During this period there may be restrictions on alcohol consumption, restaurant facilities and entertainment.
October: Islamic New Year – A cultural event on the first day of the first month in the Islamic calendar. ISAF Sailing World Cup Final – ten Olympic events contested in and around Lulu Island off Abu Dhabi’s Corniche over six days.
November: Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Watch the races and soak up the atmosphere at the Yas Marina Circuit.
For foodies, restaurants endorsed by celebrity chefs are popping up in world-class hotels throughout the United Arab Emirates. With cuisine here influenced by the surrounding Middle Eastern and Asian countries and increasingly by the international culinary stage, restaurants serving solely Emirati dishes can be difficult to find. Many of Abu Dhabi’s independent restaurants serve North Indian cuisine, Lebanese and Persian.
Gourmet seafood is a favourite with locals and visitors alike, with contemporary dishes made with locally-sourced products such as tuna tartare with lemon capers, oestra caviar with crème fraiche and grilled scallops with tomato and basil ice cream. Traditional shisha cafés serving the flavoured water pipes are perfect for passing time with friends while enjoying light refreshments.
As with Dubai, there’s no shortage of extravagant shopping experiences in Abu Dhabi. These include the magnificent three-storey Abu Dhabi Mall and the popular Marina Mall, famous for its musical fountain and ceilings that sound with the roll of thunder and the tinkle of rain. Here a variety of retailers including super-brands, high street and boutique stores enable you to purchase everything from the latest gadgets, to designer clothes and traditional jewellery.
• A tourist tax applies to all hotels in Abu Dhabi and is only payable locally.
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