Abu Dhabi is without a doubt one of the world’s most luxurious and wealthy cities. Much like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a sprawling Middle Eastern metropolis, where you’ll find five-star resorts, immaculate beaches, designer boutiques and futuristic skyscrapers.
The city’s beautiful mosques and ancient fortresses give holidaymakers a real insight into the Middle East’s rich Arabian heritage.
The UAE’s dazzling capital may be a millionaire’s playground, but you don’t have to be a millionaire to holiday here. In fact, Abu Dhabi holidays are great value for money.
Flights: You can fly to Abu Dhabi International Airport direct from Manchester Airport and from most London Airports. Other airports in the UK will include a stop off on the way.
Passport/visa requirements: Your Passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date you enter the United Arab Emirates. You will be granted a visa free of charge for a single visit of 30 days upon arrival in Abu Dhabi.
Packing essentials: Abu Dhabi enjoys fantastic weather all year round, so you should make sure you pack light clothing, sunglasses, a sun hat and sun cream. Away from the beach and resort women should ensure that shoulders and knees are covered at all times.
The hardest part about planning a holiday to Abu Dhabi is fitting everything into one trip. The city is awash with iconic tourist sites, theme parks, world- class restaurants and fabulous nightspots.
Those travelling with young children or family will want to make time for Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld. The water park has no less than 43 different slides and attractions, with rides catered to visitors of all ages.
Following in a similar vein is Ferrari World – the world’s largest indoor theme park and the car giant’s first attraction of this kind. The park is located in the city’s Yas Marina Circuit, where the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held, and boasts a whole host of superb rollercoasters, simulators and children’s rides.
One thing all Abu Dhabi holidaymakers are urged to do before leaving is pay a visit to the Observation Deck at 300, which provides visitors with the most amazing view of the city. The deck can be found in Tower 2 of the Eithad Towers, on the 74th floor.
The towers are just one of Abu Dhabi’s spectacular landmarks. Other interesting buildings include The Landmark, the Presidential Palace and the extraordinary Sheikh Zayed Mosque. If you are planning to visit the mosque, remember to respect local customs by covering up.
Elsewhere, a trip to the Qasr al Hosn fort is recommended. Entry to one of the city’s oldest structure is free and well worth a visit for those wanting to delve into Abu Dhabi’s colourful history. On top of historic monuments and full-throttle parks, Abu Dhabi is also home to some of the region’s best beaches, for those looking to just kick back and relax. There’s also the brilliant Abu Dhabi Mall, which provides holidaymakers with the ultimate shopping experience.
With so much on offer, you may want to ask yourself, is a week here is really long enough?
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Holidaymakers can expect Abu Dhabi’s weather to be fine and sunny, all year round. Abu Dhabi’s peak season usually runs between October and March, as this is when the temperature is more manageable, ranging from the mid to high twenties.
Summer is less popular, with temperatures hitting the high thirties to early forties on hot days. Whilst this may seem like the weather sun worshippers crave, hot and humid conditions can sometimes make for an uncomfortable stay.
5-star resorts, pristine beaches and some truly amazing theme parks sound like your idea of a dream holiday.