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Abu Dhabi

The Middle East’s best kept secret and the jewel in the Arabian crown, Abu Dhabi is a luxury holiday destination that certainly caters for all. Notably quieter than it’s neighbour Dubai, the United Arab Emirates capital still offers a wealth of five-star hotels, pristine sand beaches and out-of-this-world dining destinations.
 
Tradition is at Abu Dhabi’s core and this is evident in its architecture. Luxury and over-the-top opulence is still a guarantee, however typical Arabian archways and authentic Middle Eastern décor resides. Just take the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for example. Reminiscent of the stunning Taj Mahal, Abu Dhabi’s iconic landmark exceeds perfection in every way. Home to the world’s largest carpet, it’s interior comprises marble, gold and crystals making it a feast for the senses. A bucket-list tick for sure, this is the number one must-see in all of Abu Dhabi.
 
Carrying on the culture trip, Saadiyat Island has seen the grand opening of the much anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi in November 2017. Ambitious plans for the Saadiyat Cultural District include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum which will help to make the emirate capital one of the most cultural cities in the world.
 
Once the culture vulture in you has had its fill, unleash your adrenaline junkie at Yas Island. Home to Yas Waterworld and the thrilling Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, test your nerve and satisfy your need for speed on a family day trip which is sure to make the holiday hall of fame. However, for a travel tale to remember, how about catching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Or, do one better, and race a supercar on Yas Marina Circuit, the original Formula 1 track.
 
After all that adventure, you deserve to kick-back in the lap of luxury and indulge in a tasty treat or two. For the ultimate experience, enjoy afternoon tea at Emirates Palace. From savoury bites and freshly-baked scones to delectable sweet pastries and cakes, curb your cravings with this high tea extravaganza that’s fit for royalty.
 
All this, and more, is just waiting to be discovered in the UAE capital. Throw in a host of watersports, miles of pristine coastline and a wealth of high-end shopping boutiques, and you’ve got one exciting city break in the heart of the Middle East.
 
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One for the nature lovers, head to Saadiyat Island for your chance to see bottlenose dolphins playing in the azure waters of the gulf and hawksbill turtles nesting on the golden sands.


 
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Good to know

  • Time difference: GMT +4
  • Currency: AED
  • Nearest Airport: Dubai International Airport
  • Must See: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 18°c   Feb: 20°c   Mar: 23°c  
Apr: 27°c   May: 31°c   Jun: 33°c  
Jul: 35°c   Aug: 36°c   Sep: 33°c  
Oct: 29°c   Nov: 25°c   Dec: 21°c  

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Abu Dhabi in a nutshell

  • Abu Dhabi has attracted more than a few big names in the culinary world with Marco Pierre White hosting two restaurants in Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. One is a traditional steakhouse and grill while the other is an Italian collaboration between the celebrity chef and famed horse jockey Frankie Dettori.
     
  • Aside from offering world-class afternoon tea, Emirates Palace also hosts nine restaurants, including Michelin-star Hakkasan. Showcasing a unique take on modern Chinese cuisine, the menu here is a world away from your local British takeaway.
     
  • For a unique taste of the Middle East, indulge in Emirates Palace’s 24-karat gold camel burger or kick back with a camelccino, a traditional cappuccino made from camel milk.


     
Soak Up The Culture
 
  • For a true taste of the UAE, visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque but be sure to wear appropriate clothing when visiting this place of worship. Ladies are required to wear long sleeves to the wrist and trousers or a skirt that covers the ankles, as well as a scarf or wrap for the head.
     
  • It wouldn’t be a trip to the Middle East without spectating at the camel racing. Visit either Al Wathba Camel Race Track or to the Al Maqam Track near Al Ain for a truly thrilling morning.
     
  • Just a 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi city lies Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest permanently inhabited settlements.Here you'll find one of the UAE's most historic buildings, Al Jahili Fort which has been recently redeveloped and now offers an arts centre and gallery.
     
Adventure Awaits
 
  • Travelling with little ones in tow? There’s a wealth of fun to be had in Abu Dhabi, starting with making a splash at Yas Waterworld. Featuring 43 rides, slides and attractions as well as 15 football pitches, a day trip here is guaranteed to please all.
     
  • Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. With a top speed of 240kmph in just 4.9 seconds, a stint on this thriller is the ultimate test of your nerve.
     
  • Fancy something a little more adventurous? Wadi Adventure, the region’s first man-made white water rafting, kayaking and surfing facility should be top of your Abu Dhabi hit list. Home to the world’s largest man-made surf wave at 3.3 metres high and a 1.7 kilometre kayaking channel network, the world’s longest, this adrenaline-filled adventure is not for the faint hearted and makes for a great day out for the whole family.
     
  • Get behind the wheel on the Yas Marina Circuit for a high-octane adrenaline rush. With multiple packages to choose from, including driving and passenger experiences, if you’re a motorsports fan then this is one attraction which definitely can’t be missed.



     
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