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
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.