As well as glorious sunshine, soft sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise waters, this incredible island city also offers travellers a plethora of thrilling attractions, an array of awe-inspiring activities and a wealth of fascinating culture.
Indeed, this exceptional destination has something for absolutely everyone, with opportunities for leisure, pleasure, relaxation and sightseeing right across the United Arab Emirates dazzling capital.
Here are some of the places not to be missed during a holiday in Abu Dhabi.
Home to cafes, restaurants, children’s play areas and a lifeguarded beach, Abu Dhabi’s 8km Corniche is a pristine waterfront destination, where visitors can play, dine or relax to their heart’s content.
As well as boasting Blue Flag status, the popular stretch of sand also offers an array of water sports and other activities.
Separate cycle and pedestrian pathways also run alongside the beach, for those seeking to explore or exercise.
From high-speed thrills and theme park fun, to retail therapy and beach relaxation, Yas Island has it all.
Those who love adrenaline-fuelled excitement will definitely be right at home in this fantastic destination.
As well as being the home to the Yas Marina Circuit, the location of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Island also boasts Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Offering fun for all the family, this spectacular attraction features the world’s fastest rollercoaster, which hits 240kph in just 4.9 seconds, while the Junior GP allows children to put their racing skills to the test.
Yas Island is also the site of Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, an interactive theme park featuring rides, attractions and live entertainment inspired by some of the world’s most iconic characters, including Batman, Superman, Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo and Fred Flintstone.
Another attraction that’s a splash hit with visitors to Abu Dhabi is Yas Waterworld. Here you’ll enjoy endless fun, with slides and rides galore, as well as a huge play area for younger children.
For a more laid-back day out, how does a shopping trip to Yas Mall sound? Abu Dhabi’s largest retail destination offers an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment venues with brands from all around the globe.
Another chilled-out option for sunseekers is a visit to Yas Beach. As well as a beautiful stretch of white sand, visitors will also find a stunning infinity pool, private chalets and a selection of bars and restaurants. It is also a great place to enjoy a range of water sports, including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Access to the beach is complimentary for those staying in any of Yas Island’s hotels.
As well as being lined by a selection of luxury hotels, the banks of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Canal are also the perfect place to experience an authentic taste of Arabia with memorials, forts, souks and much more waiting to be found.
One of the most spectacular sights nearby is the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel features 82 domes, more than 1,000 marble columns and can accommodate more than 4,000 worshippers. The lavish interior is a sight to behold and everyone is welcome to share in the beauty of one of the largest mosques in the world.
Just minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi, the serene shores of Saadiyat Island offer a divine combination of enchanting natural beauty, cultural enrichment and ultimate relaxation.
A 9km stretch of powdery-soft, white sand is a big draw for beach lovers, with a public area offering lounge chairs, umbrellas, showers and lockers welcoming all, while private sections can be accessed from the hotels set beside this captivating slice of paradise.
Saadiyat Beach is also a great spot for wildlife, with endangered hawksbill turtles nesting among the dunes between April and August each year, while dolphins are regular visitors to the waters just off shore.
Away from the sand and sea, Louvre Abu Dhabi offers artistic inspiration from around the globe, with a collection of more than 600 pieces, including works by Di Vinci, Monet and Matisse. Activities, workshops and tours are also provided, creating a completely immersive experience for the whole family.