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Luxury Abu Dhabi Holidays

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and invites you to an activity-packed, mondaine holiday where you can set your own pace. Nestled by the Persian Gulf, the skyline is adorned with iconic cosmopolitan skyscrapers and opulent, dramatic Islamic architecture that showcases the city’s proud Arabic heritage. 

While nothing stands still for long in this forward-thinking metropolis, Abu Dhabi’s size makes it an easier city to navigate than its sister city, Dubai. No expense has been spared to ensure Abu Dhabi remains the cultural jewel in the Emirati crown, with its futuristic design, massive shopping malls and high-tech attractions.

With a vibrant contemporary art scene, the city is already gaining a reputation for its recently added world-class museums and galleries, including The Louvre Abu Dhabi.  Abu Dhabi is home to the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest and grandest mosques in the world, which you can enter and explore.

Wander through the bustling souks within the city and find unique souvenirs, or head along waterways of serene mangrove forests. You can even experience a tropical beach holiday in Abu Dhabi at the city’s many beachfront hotels, while the call of golden desert sands is never far away either. Whichever way you turn, your luxury holiday in Abu Dhabi is bound to glitter.  

Our pick of the top hotels in Abu Dhabi
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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Shopper’s paradise

The shopping malls in Abu Dhabi are huge! Discover tax-free bargains at boutique and designer shops. You can spend a full day of your luxury holiday in Abu Dhabi taking in the shops, entertaining attractions, and restaurants.

Beaches

Abu Dhabi boasts public and private beaches that easily challenge the white sands and glittering waters of destinations further afield. Experience the best beaches in Abu Dhabi at Saadiyat Island, Al Bateen, the Corniche, and Hudayriat Island.

Yas Island

Yas Island is full of entertainment for all the family, holding many leading theme parks and resorts. If you’re a Formula One fan then you must head to the internationally renowned race course of the famed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, or get your adrenaline pumping on the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Warner Bros World will allow your family to meet all your favourite Warner Bros characters, while Yas Waterworld has over 40 rides, slides and attractions.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

As one of the world’s largest mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a triumph of contemporary Islamic architecture with its white marble facade and ornate decoration representing the empires’ past. This is the one mosque in Abu Dhabi where non-Muslims are welcome to enter and visit.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

Named after its French counterpart in Paris, The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in 2017 and boasts globetrotting collections of art and history.

Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi

Take an excursion out of the city’s hustle and bustle into the nearby desert where you can immerse yourself in an endless landscape of golden sand dunes, framed by the mountains. Enjoy a slower pace as you unearth Bedouin traditions, or go on a sandboarding adventure.

Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey

Venture on a traditional dhow through Arabian mangroves and explore the pearl diving history of the UAE, before tucking into a typical Arabian meal.

Mangrove National Park

Discover a natural and tranquil side to your luxury Abu Dhabi holiday as you go kayaking or canoeing in the waterways of the vast Eastern mangroves. Look out for flamingos, heron and scuttling crabs.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Take a guided tour of Abu Dhabi’s impressive veterinary hospital where you’ll uncover the traditional heritage of falconry. Explore the aviary where falcons fly freely, and observe the health checks taking place in the falcon examination room.
Flight Information

It take approx. 7 hours to fly from the UK. Direct flights are available from London Heathrow and Manchester.

When to go

Abu Dhabi is hot and dry all year round, with temperatures peaking in July at an average of 34°C. The best weather usually occurs in April, when it’s still warm and pleasant without being too hot, with an average temperature of around 26°C. If you prefer cooler temperatures, visit Abu Dhabi in January when days average 19°C.

Visa Information

British citizens will be granted a free 30-day visa upon arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Tipping

A tip for good service will be appreciated in Abu Dhabi, although it’s not essential. Although 10% service charges may be added to your restaurant bill, this often doesn’t go to wait staff, so leave an extra 10% in cash for good service. Taxi fares can be rounded up to the nearest note, and between five and 20 UAE dirhams are customary for having your petrol pumped or bags brought to your room.

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