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Banish the cold weather and winter woes in the UK and embrace the glorious sunshine and captivating charm of awe-inspiring Abu Dhabi.

There’s no time like the present to book an exciting winter sun holiday in this spellbinding Arabian Gulf destination. Luxury living, epic landmarks, fun-packed outdoor activities, golden sandy beaches, world-class entertainment and incredible hospitality all await. Whether you are a culture fiend, a foodie, a thrill seeker, a shopaholic or someone craving relaxation, Abu Dhabi is brimming with attractions to delight every visitor. This sensational getaway has it all, from big city sights, opulent 5-star hotels, giant theme parks and bustling souks to superb museums, beautiful mosques, mangrove forests and the world’s largest sand desert. Solo travellers, couples, families and groups of friends can all create special memories to last a lifetime during a winter escape in this magnificent capital of the United Arab Emirates.

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Blissful Relaxation

Abu Dhabi is a dream come true for anyone wanting to relax and unwind surrounded by breathtaking scenery, inviting crystal-clear waters and invigorating winter sunshine. Chill out in a cabana on the beach, sip cocktails beside the pool, enjoy pampering in your hotel spa or marvel at beguiling sunsets with the love of your life. Other carefree activities include a romantic moonlight catamaran cruise, practising your swing on a championship golf course, immersing yourself in nature at Al Ain Oasis and snorkelling adventures to observe stingrays, turtles and lots more. Some of the most heavenly beaches in Abu Dhabi for embracing complete tranquillity can be found on Saadiyat Island. Here you'll discover a 9km stretch of silky soft sands, while the Corniche is perfect for a leisurely stroll along its lovely promenade.

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Fascinating Culture

Abu Dhabi is a paradise for culture vultures, boasting beautiful palaces, wonderful galleries and museums, old forts, ancient tombs and majestic mosques. Sheikh Zayed Mosque will amaze you with its huge chandeliers and the world's largest hand-made carpet, while a visit to Qasr Al Watan, the presidential palace, is highly recommended. Qasr Al Hosn Fort, the oldest standing structure in Abu Dhabi, is a magnet for history buffs, and Heritage Village Abu Dhabi gives a revealing insight into the emirate’s past. Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island features the works of a host of legendary artists, while Al Ain Museum, the oldest museum in the UAE, includes exhibits documenting the rise of Bronze Age society more than 4,500 years ago. Traditional souks, where you can shop for traditional souvenirs and get a flavour of local life, include Al Mina Souk, Carpet Souk and Souk Al Zafarana.

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Exhilarating Activities

Unleash your spirit of adventure in Abu Dhabi where aquatic thrills in the ocean and enthralling escapades in the desert await. Rub’ al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter, will take your breath away with its natural wonders, including Tel Moreeb, (Terrifying Mountain), a 300-metre-high dune. Exciting activities in this desert domain include sandboarding, camel treks, buggy safaris, quad biking, hot air balloon rides and nights under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp. The beautiful Mangrove National Park is the place to observe turtles and dolphins as you kayak along the channels of water and Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is a haven for pink flamingos, reptiles and aquatic life. Exciting ocean activities include banana boat rides, sailing, glass-bottomed boat trips and scuba diving to coral reefs teeming with marine life. Exhilarating water sports action includes kitesurfing, flyboarding, parasailing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing and stand-up paddleboarding.

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Must-Do Experiences

There’s no shortage of fabulous experiences on offer in Abu Dhabi. Gaze in awe at 5,000-year-old hexagonal-shaped ‘beehive tombs’ at Jebel Hafeet mountain, visit Al Jahili Fort which dates back to the 1890s or learn about the emirate’s 7,000-year-old pearl diving history at Dalma Island. Yas Island boasts theme parks including Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World™ and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It also hosts the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the Yas Marina Circuit and is home to CLYMB™, the world’s tallest indoor skydiving flight chamber. Observation Deck at 300 offers 360-degree city views, while camel-riding and giraffe-feeding will delight youngsters at Al Ain Zoo and Sir Bani Yas Island is an animal lover’s paradise with 17,000 free-roaming creatures. If shopping is your thing, Yas Mall is the city’s largest retail venue, and the perfect place for some retail therapy.

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Unrivalled Luxury

You’ll live the good life during your winter sun escape in Abu Dhabi, surrounded by pure elegance, sophisticated style and unparalleled luxury. No expense is spared in the emirate’s lavish 5-star hotels and resorts to ensure every guest enjoys VIP treatment throughout their holiday. These palatial havens are home to exquisite accommodation, top-class dining venues, indulgent leisure amenities and exceptional live entertainment. A plethora of amenities can include pristine private beaches, sparkling infinity pools, state-of-the-art fitness centres, bowling alleys, sumptuous spas, private cinemas and lively kids clubs. Some also have their own golf courses, dive centres and mini water parks. Many feature wonderful all-inclusive programmes to provide a carefree holiday experience where almost everything is paid for in advance. You’ll also experience luxury at every turn when you venture outside your hotel, with glitzy boutiques, elegant restaurants and designer shopping malls among the delights which await.

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“Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to escape the winter blues in the UK and treat yourself to hours of rejuvenating sunshine.

“If the cold weather and dark nights have been getting you down, this alluring destination will raise your spirits again in no time at all, with the chance to enjoy an unforgettable luxury holiday.

“You’ll be treated like royalty in a fabulous hotel where you can spend laid-back days lazing beside the pool, dine in top-class restaurants and enjoy a myriad of leisure amenities.

“Abu Dhabi is also home to epic theme parks, jaw-dropping cultural attractions, vibrant nightlife and massive shopping malls where you can shop till you drop.

“With its luxury living, fantastic food, attractions galore and unrivalled hospitality it’s easy to see why more and more people are making this charming emirate a must-visit winter sanctuary.”

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Beach Rotana

Beach Rotana

A world of relaxation, leisure and entertainment awaits at this imposing all-inclusive getaway within easy reach of Abu Dhabi’s major attractions. You’ll savour eclectic dining experiences in a host of gourmet restaurants, spend heavenly nights in a plush room or suite boasting a range of excellent facilities and enjoy laid-back hours on the hotel’s private sandy beach. Zen Spa is the place to succumb to the ultimate pampering experience and Bodylines Fitness Centre offers the chance for an energetic holiday workout. Other amenities include a temperature-controlled swimming pool, a dive centre, children’s club, tennis court and a beauty salon.

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Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

Traditional Arabian charm and Westernised modernity blends seamlessly at this delightful Venetian-inspired retreat which is nestled in beautiful landscaped gardens beside the glistening Grand Canal. The choices of lavish accommodation at this spectacular 5-star sanctuary include a tastefully-appointed 2 bedroom villa with a plunge pool, while a myriad of fine dining restaurants present gastronomic joys to satisfy the most discerning palate. A plethora of superb amenities to deliver an unforgettable holiday experience include a sumptuous spa for head-to-toe pampering, a lively kids club, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a stunning private sandy beach.

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Intercontinental Abu Dhabi

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Immerse yourself in luxury, elegance and style at this magnificent all-inclusive 5-star oasis of opulence which is located within easy reach of Abu’s Dhabi’s exceptional Corniche. Relax and unwind on the glorious private beach, practise your backhand on the tennis court or enjoy the ultimate pampering experience in the fabulous spa. Restful nights await in your ultra-stylish accommodation offering garden or gulf views, while Belgian, Asian and Lebanese cuisines are among the culinary joys to tantalise your taste buds in a choice of fine dining restaurants..

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