Abu Dhabi Holidays

Abu Dhabi is one of the most popular destinations in the United Arab Emirates. It features a beautiful skyline with numerous towering buildings, and it is a true image of a flourishing city. Make sure that you check ebookers when looking for flights to get the best out of your journey.

Two places that you shouldn't fail to visit are the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The historic Sheik Zayed Mosque, the country's grand mosque, features an exquisite design from Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture. If you love beaches, then the Corniche is great for you. It boasts its prestigious Blue Flag status, which assures that its beaches are safe, clean and definitely exciting.

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Abu Dhabi Holidays

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

5 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews
As per Abu Dhabi Police requirement effective immediately, driving license is not acceptable as guest ID for guest check in. The only acceptable documents for guest check in are: Passport Emirates ID GCC ID for other GCC countries Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi offers 5-star accommodation and services with 305 rooms and suites featuring views over the Capital Garden and the Arabian Gulf turquoise waters. The hotel boasts three restaurants featuring Italian, Moroccan and international cuisines and has one of the finest Cigar & Champagne Bar in Abu Dhabi. There is also a Health & Fitness Centre which includes an outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool with sunken bar, sauna, steam room and a fully equipped gym. The hotel is located at the heart of Abu Dhabi and its Central Business District with the famous Corniche stretch and the public beach only minutes away. The Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre and the Capital Garden is just walking distance from the hotel. The city's exhibition centre ADNEC and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is just 20 minutes drive from the hotel. The hotel is located 30 minutes drive away from Abu Dhabi International Airport and is a perfect retreat for both the leisure and business traveler alike.
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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi - part of a new iconic five towers complex in the capital of the UAE is bordered by the sea on one side and the fashionable Corniche on the other. It is easily accessible from the airport and close to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre ADNEC- the city shopping malls- the central business district and Ministries area. The hotel features 382 uniquely designed spacious and elegant rooms and suites offering fully integrated lifestyle technology The hotel has variety of restaurants and lounges offer an extensive choice of culinary temptations from the 63rd floor to the beach and include all-day dining and Lebanese restaurants with terrace seating. A dedicated executive lounge with all-day food and beverage offerings an Internet lounge- shower suites and a business centre with four meeting rooms is located on level 45. While Jumeirah at Etihad Towers prides itself on ensuring memorable and comfortable experiences for visitors the hotel would like to inform guests that due to construction works adjacent to our hotel - some noise and views are from time to time disrupting an otherwise perfectly tranquil experience. Naturally every effort is made to keep such disturbances to a minimum and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
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Al Manzel Hotel Apartments

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
Al Manzel Hotel Apartments have 216 spacious suites, all of which feature fully equipped kitchenettes, laundry facilities, seating areas, satellite TVs, and air conditioning. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, we are within walking distance to Abu Dhabi Mall and just a short cab ride away to the city's finest attractions. Our roof top temperature controlled pool and gym offer guests the chance to truly relax during their stay. We offer delicious in house dining at Al Iwan Restaurant which serves a hot buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a la carte options of both Arabic and International dishes. Al Multaqa Cafe, located in our lobby, offers refreshing beverages, coffee, and pastries. If business is your pleasure, we have meeting rooms for up to 50 people with LCD projectors, AV equipment and food and beverage packages. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel.
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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
Conveniently linked to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Hyatt Capital Gate is located only 15 minutes from the international airport and forms part of the iconic new Capital Gate building. This building leans a staggering 18 degrees and combines impressive architectural feats with elegant interior design concepts to create a uniquely refined guest experience. Soaring 160 metres above the ground, the hotel has become a landmark on the Abu Dhabi skyline and is set to become the leading five-star business hotel in the region. The sleek and contemporary interiors of the 167 guestrooms and 22 suites, all of which have a unique shape and orientation, have been individually designed to maximise comfort and convenience. The hotel's four private and multi-functional meeting areas, located on the mezzanine level, are modern and urban in style. Personalized meals and breaks are served in a private lounge next to the meeting area.
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Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
Sofitel Abu Dhabi, part of Capital Plaza building, is ideally situated in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from the seafront and close to the business and financial center. It enjoys a privileged location on Corniche Road, one of the most prestigious district in the city. The maritime centre Port Zayed, the souk famous for its rugs and Dhow Harbour, home to the traditional transport and fishing boats which still take to the waters of the Arabian Gulf, are all a short distance from the hotel.
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Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi

5 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews
A summer holiday getaway topped with luxurious Arabian accommodationsFrom posh accommodations matched with authentic Arabian culture, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan Hotel features a spectrum of business, recreational and dining opportunities. For conferences and business events, the property boasts six meeting rooms overlooking the sea and is also equipped with the latest audio-visual tools like DSP presentation, enhanced master controller with touch screen remote control, motorized - remote controlled projection screen, DVD player, portable LCD projector, handheld and lapel wireless microphones, central lighting dimmer and ceiling speakers. Have fun and have exclusive access at Beach Club amenities like the 200-meter pristine beach, large outdoor pool, fitness centre (offering personal training), massage, and sports area for tennis, ping-pong and squash. Tourists then take a break to relish Arabic cuisines at The Beach Restaurant, sample international-oriental dishes at Horizon, pastries and breakfast at The Lounge, or dessert and snacks at Sunset Bar. 3 Reasons to StayStylish and posh beachfront accommodationsAlcohol-free environmentAccess to the private beach and various resort amenities Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Rooms Guests at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan Hotel stay at units that exude luxurious and contemporary stylish designs with nature-inspired prints and sleek wood furnishings. Vacationers can marvel the pristine turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea from the clear windows or at the balcony of some units. Enjoy this retreat away from home and peruse the in-room amenities like cable 32" LCD IP TV, Wi-Fi access, tea/coffeemaker and en suite bathroom with bathtub and walk-in shower.  Things to DoSheikh Zayed Mosque (11.6 mi/18.7 km)Qasr al-Hosn (3.9 mi/6.3 km)Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi (2 mi/3.3 km)Abu Dhabi Mall (6.5 mi/10.5 km)Al Reem Island (7.5 mi/12.2 km)Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (10.3 mi/16.7 km)The Landmark (3.6 mi/5.8 km)
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Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

5 stars
4.2 / 5 19 reviews
Elegant comforts close to Abu Dhabi main districtShearton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort is on the Abu Dhabi Cornich, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and just few moments from the main district in Abu Dhabi. All luxuriously appointed rooms provide guests with sophisticated and elegant surrounds in this side of United Arab Emirates. Complemented by warm and friendly service, the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort features four restaurants offering innovative cuisines ranging from Tex-Mex to Italian, as well as bars and cafes. This resort hotel also provides three swimming pools, waterslide, swim up pool bar and private lagoon with sun loungers, all with wide variety of water sport activities for families to make the most of their holiday. Flexible meeting rooms with state-of-the-art facilities are also available to cater for any event as well as gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi for wellness convenience. 3 Reasons To StayBeachfront resort with wide variety of water sport activitiesLuxurious rooms  with modern amenitiesPrivate lagoon with sun loungers luxurious rooms  with modern amenities Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort Rooms Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort offers 272 guestrooms with contemporary chic and traditional rich furnishings. Some of the rooms are outfitted with wireless Internet access, mini bar, iron and irnoning board, safety deposit box, coffee and tea making facilities, 32-inch flat-screen HDTV, iPod docking station, BOSE Sound system and glass-screened walk-in shower. Most of the units are facing the stunning views of the beach and Arabian Gulf. For pure indulgence, book a Presidential suite with 186 square meter living space, separate dining room and spacious kitchen. Things To DoCapitol Park (0.7 mi/1.2 km)Birds & Ornamental Fish Market (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Meena Center (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Qasr al-Hosn (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Al Wahda Mall (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Heritage Village (2.9 mi/4.6 km)
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The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is situated on the 27-square-kilometer Saadiyat Island, which is being developed into a premier location for business, culture, architecture, tourism, sports, and residences. The island will be the site of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, and the Maritime Museum, as well as a performing arts center. Its 9 kilometers of pristine white-sand beaches will be complemented by a world-class marina, a family-friendly promenade, and championship golf courses, including one designed by Gary Player. Downtown Abu Dhabi is just 10 minutes away, whereas Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is 15 minutes away. Amid the resorts Mediterranean architecture and refined décor, 6,000 square meters of retail space include six restaurants and lounges featuring diverse options. Also on site are a 1,500-square-meter spa with more than a dozen treatment rooms, as well as swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, and parking for 1,600 vehicles. A fully-equipped lounge can accommodate guests for early arrivals and late departures. With captivating views of Saadiyat beaches and the Arabian Gulf, the resorts 379 inviting rooms and grand suites include three Spa Suites: Thai, Moroccan, and Contemporary. Whatever the request, bespoke service is available any time, day or night. The resort also features 3,788 square meters of event and banquet facilities, including an elegant ballroom. These rooms are ideal for visionary meetings and conventions, as well as large weddings and other social events.
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Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

5 stars
4.4 / 5 8 reviews
Travellers have long considered this graceful hotel a jewel in the heart of the Middle East. The capital of the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is making a name for itself as a rival in style to its northern neighbor, Dubai. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi sits at the heart of this stunning city. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi offers luxurious guest rooms and suites with stunning views of the shimmering Arabian Gulf and the lush public gardens of the Corniche. The hotel also features a private lounge, a state-of-the-art health club, and a pool set amidst the soothing greenery of terraced gardens. Situated within walking distance of the commercial and business districts of the city, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi is only a short drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Entertainment is a mere stroll away, with shopping malls, the Corniche, and the best water-sport facilities, tennis courts, and golf courses in the city. Abu Dhabi is also home to a myriad of museums, as well as the National Theater and the Abu Dhabi Classical Music Society. A Guggenheim Museum complex, designed by the legendary Frank Gehry, is under construction on the island of Saadiyat.
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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

5 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr with its striking, contemporary design, is poised to offer the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its 369 rooms and suites. Boasting a prime location at the mainland gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi, spectacular creek side views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque beautifully reflect the culture of the region.
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Abu Dhabi Hotels

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Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

5 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews
As per Abu Dhabi Police requirement effective immediately, driving license is not acceptable as guest ID for guest check in. The only acceptable documents for guest check in are: Passport Emirates ID GCC ID for other GCC countries Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi offers 5-star accommodation and services with 305 rooms and suites featuring views over the Capital Garden and the Arabian Gulf turquoise waters. The hotel boasts three restaurants featuring Italian, Moroccan and international cuisines and has one of the finest Cigar & Champagne Bar in Abu Dhabi. There is also a Health & Fitness Centre which includes an outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool with sunken bar, sauna, steam room and a fully equipped gym. The hotel is located at the heart of Abu Dhabi and its Central Business District with the famous Corniche stretch and the public beach only minutes away. The Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre and the Capital Garden is just walking distance from the hotel. The city's exhibition centre ADNEC and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is just 20 minutes drive from the hotel. The hotel is located 30 minutes drive away from Abu Dhabi International Airport and is a perfect retreat for both the leisure and business traveler alike.
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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi - part of a new iconic five towers complex in the capital of the UAE is bordered by the sea on one side and the fashionable Corniche on the other. It is easily accessible from the airport and close to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre ADNEC- the city shopping malls- the central business district and Ministries area. The hotel features 382 uniquely designed spacious and elegant rooms and suites offering fully integrated lifestyle technology The hotel has variety of restaurants and lounges offer an extensive choice of culinary temptations from the 63rd floor to the beach and include all-day dining and Lebanese restaurants with terrace seating. A dedicated executive lounge with all-day food and beverage offerings an Internet lounge- shower suites and a business centre with four meeting rooms is located on level 45. While Jumeirah at Etihad Towers prides itself on ensuring memorable and comfortable experiences for visitors the hotel would like to inform guests that due to construction works adjacent to our hotel - some noise and views are from time to time disrupting an otherwise perfectly tranquil experience. Naturally every effort is made to keep such disturbances to a minimum and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Nightly rates from £37.28

Al Manzel Hotel Apartments

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
Al Manzel Hotel Apartments have 216 spacious suites, all of which feature fully equipped kitchenettes, laundry facilities, seating areas, satellite TVs, and air conditioning. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, we are within walking distance to Abu Dhabi Mall and just a short cab ride away to the city's finest attractions. Our roof top temperature controlled pool and gym offer guests the chance to truly relax during their stay. We offer delicious in house dining at Al Iwan Restaurant which serves a hot buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a la carte options of both Arabic and International dishes. Al Multaqa Cafe, located in our lobby, offers refreshing beverages, coffee, and pastries. If business is your pleasure, we have meeting rooms for up to 50 people with LCD projectors, AV equipment and food and beverage packages. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel.
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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
Conveniently linked to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Hyatt Capital Gate is located only 15 minutes from the international airport and forms part of the iconic new Capital Gate building. This building leans a staggering 18 degrees and combines impressive architectural feats with elegant interior design concepts to create a uniquely refined guest experience. Soaring 160 metres above the ground, the hotel has become a landmark on the Abu Dhabi skyline and is set to become the leading five-star business hotel in the region. The sleek and contemporary interiors of the 167 guestrooms and 22 suites, all of which have a unique shape and orientation, have been individually designed to maximise comfort and convenience. The hotel's four private and multi-functional meeting areas, located on the mezzanine level, are modern and urban in style. Personalized meals and breaks are served in a private lounge next to the meeting area.
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Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
Sofitel Abu Dhabi, part of Capital Plaza building, is ideally situated in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from the seafront and close to the business and financial center. It enjoys a privileged location on Corniche Road, one of the most prestigious district in the city. The maritime centre Port Zayed, the souk famous for its rugs and Dhow Harbour, home to the traditional transport and fishing boats which still take to the waters of the Arabian Gulf, are all a short distance from the hotel.
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Flights to Abu Dhabi

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Abu Dhabi Thu, 11 Sep - Sun, 21 Sep £346
Manchester Abu Dhabi Tue, 15 Jul - Sun, 20 Jul £369
Newcastle Upon Tyne Abu Dhabi Sat, 9 Aug - Mon, 25 Aug £527
Edinburgh Abu Dhabi Mon, 8 Sep - Fri, 12 Sep £392
Cairo Abu Dhabi Thu, 17 Jul - Thu, 7 Aug £179
Aberdeen Abu Dhabi Sun, 7 Sep - Sun, 14 Sep £400
Dublin Abu Dhabi Wed, 10 Sep - Sat, 20 Sep £399
Muscat Abu Dhabi Fri, 8 Aug - Thu, 21 Aug £93
Birmingham Abu Dhabi Wed, 23 Jul - Wed, 20 Aug £388
Kuwait City Abu Dhabi Tue, 15 Jul - Sat, 19 Jul £145
Mumbai Abu Dhabi Sun, 20 Jul - Tue, 22 Jul £173
Glasgow Abu Dhabi Wed, 10 Sep - Wed, 17 Sep £367
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Best time to take a holiday to Abu Dhabi

  • It is usually hot all year round in Abu Dhabi due to its desert climate. The best time to visit is from November to April, when temperatures vary from 15 to 35°C. This is the coolest of the seasons, and it is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities and hit the beach. If you want luxury hotels at discounted prices, you should travel to Abu Dhabi during the summer. Temperatures during this time can rise above 40°C, so make sure you wear cool clothing. You should also take note of when Ramadan occurs, as all restaurants are closed during the day and eating and drinking in public is strictly forbidden.

Abu Dhabi highlights

  • Abu Dhabi holidays

    Picnic on the Corniche

    Stretching along four miles of the Abu Dhabi coastline, the Corniche is the ideal place to take a breath and soak up the magnificent skyline of Abu Dhabi.

    Turn around to gaze out at the crystal-clear waters of the gulf. Dotted along the route are fountains and lush gardens, perfect for a pit stop and a picnic.

    To cool off, move to the beach that runs parallel. It has lifeguard-patrolled swimming areas, volleyball nets, and sun umbrellas. If a stroll is just too slow for you, there are cycle lanes, and the road makes for a charming drive.

    Find a Bargain at a Souk

    Crammed with stalls, silver-tongued salesmen, and almost anything you could want to buy, Abu Dhabi's souks are unique markets. Haggling is a way of life here and merchants would be disappointed if you did not get involved in this traditional way of doing business, so drive a hard bargain.

    Different souks specialise in different things: the Meena Souk is the place to go for carpets, and the fish market is worth a visit just for the chaotic atmosphere of Middle Eastern commerce in full swing.

    Take to the Skies

    One way to avoid the neck pain you may develop after staring up at so many incredible skyscrapers from the street is to turn the tables and look down on them from the vantage point of a helicopter.

    A tour in a chopper gives you a complete picture of Abu Dhabi and its desert isolation. All of the city's major sites and the fantasy islands being created off the coast are included in the route.

    Sample Some Shisha

    Even for non-smokers there is something fascinating about shisha. In traditional cafes, locals seem to be able to sit all day, sucking flavoured smoke from these burbling, otherworldly contraptions. What attracts you first is the wonderful smell, as the tobacco is infused with apple, strawberry, coffee and just about any flavour you can think of.

Top Abu Dhabi attractions

  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    Aside from its grand beauty, this mosque is large enough to hold more than 40,000 worshippers.

    Abu Dhabi Corniche

    The Corniche offers white sandy beaches where you can enjoy various recreational activities, such as biking.

    Emirates Palace

    Despite its name, this world-class hotel is not a home to royalty but is just as luxurious.

    Yas Viceroy

    Another architectural wonder, this iconic hotel features a grid shell with colour-changing glass panels.

    Ferrari World

    If you are a fan of fast Ferraris and thrill rides, you should definitely check out this amazing theme park.

    Al Ain Paradise Garden

    As its name suggests, this garden is truly a paradise and features about 10 million flowers.

    Hili Fun City

    Featuring a family amphitheatre and 28 attractions for all ages, the Hili Fun City is a favourite attraction in the city.

    Al Ain National Museum

    Learn some of the city's unique traditions and customs in this museum, which features plenty of interesting artefacts.

    Capital Gate

    A modern contender to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Capital Gate is the world's furthest leaning man-made tower.

    Al Ain Palace Museum

    This site was once a home to the country's founder, and you can tour the private rooms and gardens in this historical museum.

  • Heritage Village Museum

    Before black gold was struck and billions of petrodollars flooded the UAE, there were no gleaming skyscrapers, just Bedouin settlements. No less beautiful, these gatherings of tents and mud-built houses are commemorated at the city's Heritage Village Museum. Traditional crafts are brought to life by local tradesman, along with exhibits on the ways of life of farmers and fishermen. All the while camels roam among the verdant gardens.

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    Named after the father of the United Arab Emirates, the sprawling, pristine white Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a sight to behold. Finished in 2007, the huge structure can hold 40,000 people and borrows architectural styles from all over the globe. The largest mosque in the UAE, it features a carpet weighing nearly 50 tonnes. Visitors are advised to cover up before making a visit.

    Saadiyat Island

    It is not even finished yet, but Saadiyat Island is already a major tourist attraction. Developers have named it the “island of happiness”. The plan is to build a cultural paradise on this small atoll next to Abu Dhabi.

    The Guggenheim and the Louvre have signed up to build sites here, but for now, content yourself with the Manarat Al Saadiyat, an information centre detailing this ambitious endeavour.

    Al Ain

    An easy day trip is a visit to the oasis city of Al Ain. The city houses not one but seven oases—little pockets of calm and tranquillity, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the oppressive heat of the desert. Ingenious irrigation systems dating back millennia allow date palms to flourish here.

    The city also lies close to Jebel Hafeet, the second-tallest mountain in the Emirates. The spectacular views are worth the steep road to the summit.

    Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation

    The artistic hub of Abu Dhabi, the Cultural Foundation promotes new events as well as safeguarding the creative heritage of Abu Dhabi. Here you will find the national library.

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Abu Dhabi holiday travel tips

  • Arriving by Air

    Visitors arriving by plane will land at Abu Dhabi international Airport. Offering duty-free shopping and quick check-in times even at peak periods, it copes with the burgeoning number of travellers well.

    A taxi to downtown Abu Dhabi should take no more than 45 minutes.

    A public bus service is also available and certain airlines run free shuttle services.

    Another option is to fly to Dubai International Airport and make your way on to Abu Dhabi by bus. The journey should take around two hours.

    Buses

    Abu Dhabi's buses are cheap and run all night. The downside is that the service is not extensive and the timetable not observed as strictly as European tourists might expect.

    Inter-city buses are another matter. Every ten minutes comfortable buses leave from the main bus terminal for Dubai and Al Ain. The service runs from mid-morning to around 10pm at night.

    Taxis

    White-and-gold painted taxis are easy to find in Abu Dhabi. They are metered, but check to make sure it is on before starting your journey. Fares are cheap but the driving can be hair-raising.

    Silver-painted taxis are more expensive, but the cars are of better quality and the drivers safer and with better language skills. They also give receipts.

    Car Hire

    If you feel like a more independent way to get around Abu Dhabi, consider one of the many Abu Dhabi car hire options.

    Travel Tip

    Hotels in Abu Dhabi often offer complimentary bus and taxi services, so check with the reception desk when you arrive, it could save you a lot of money over the course of your stay.

Insider tips for Abu Dhabi travel

  • Oasis Courtyard

    A refreshing restaurant with a poolside bar, the Oasis Courtyard serves various refreshing drinks and snacks.

    Al Ain Zoo

    Feed a giraffe or ride on a camel in this wonderful zoo, which houses over 4,000 animals.

    Zenith

    In this well-decorated club with a nice dance floor, you can enjoy the club's amusing presentations with the local crowd.

    The Arabian Palace

    This eatery offers very affordable foods and an excellent shisha. You can also gaze at the towering skyscrapers while enjoying your meal.

    Heritage Village

    Buy dried herbs and handmade soaps at the spice shop in this reconstructed traditional oasis village.

Where to stay in Abu Dhabi

  • Costing close to £2 billion to build, the Emirates Palace hotel is a monument to luxury. As you approach the terracotta splendour of the hotel, the view is absolutely jaw-dropping. The enormous hotel sits just back from its private beach, stretching 1.3 km. Away from the beach, perfectly kept lawns, swimming pools, and tennis courts provide the backdrop to 394 luxury rooms. If you are feeling peckish, you won’t be short of options, as there are 12 restaurants and bars on the grounds. Alternatively you can get the private butler assigned to your room to fetch you something to eat.

    The deep blue glass of the Le Royal Meridien hotel mirrors that of the Arabian Gulf which it faces. A short walk from the commercial heart of Abu Dhabi and the Corniche, the hotel is perfectly situated for the visitor. Swimming pools, a spa and luxurious rooms make it difficult not to have a relaxing stay.

    The Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri has the capacity to cater to the whims of every type of visitor. From rooms, to villas, to serviced apartments, you may come here for a holiday and decide to never leave. You will certainly be well fed during your stay, with restaurants boasting Chinese, Vietnamese, French and Mediterranean cuisine.

    Looking out upon the beautiful Gulf waters, the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort is in the perfect location for all that Abu Dhabi has to offer. Just yards away from the Corniche, this five-star hotel will cater to all of your leisure or business needs.

Abu Dhabi restaurants

  • A great place to relax for afternoon tea, Cafe Columbia is the elegant eatery tucked away in the lobby of the Beach Rotana Hotel. As incongruous as clotted cream, jam, and sconesmay seem in the desert, as soon as you glimpse the traditional English fare on offer, you will be thinking about second helpings. From your vantage point in the lobby you can watch other guests come and go or turn your attention to the beach the cafe looks out upon.

    Set inside the opulent Emirates Palace hotel, Diwan L'Auberge is a wonderful place for special occasions or if you just feel like treating yourself. The enormous dining room is filled with the sound of local musicians plying their trade. The food is Lebanese and has all of the expected staples along with some fantastic fresh seafood dishes.

    If Italian is your thing, Boccaccio is the place to go. Specialising in pastas and pizzas, this family-friendly restaurant is part of the InterContinental hotel. Boasting a wonderful view of the marina, a table outside is a great option if you can stand the heat.

    Try Miss J's Café (Dana Plaza, Al Kalidiyah) for something a little different. A great spot for an all-American breakfast, the pancakes and doughnuts from this bright and colourful cafe come highly recommended.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    Abu Dhabi is an area of low malaria transmission. You do not need to take preventive treatment, however long you plan to stay, but make sure you visit your doctor if you come down with fever. As a precaution, you should always protect yourself against mosquito bites.

    There are no compulsory vaccinations although you should make sure your standard booster schedule (for tetanus, diphtheria etc.) is up to date.

    Be careful to avoid dehydration in the intense heat—drink bottled water to be on the safe side.

    Abu Dhabi has a good infrastructure of clinics and hospitals but the standard of treatment can vary between establishments and even between departments of the same establishment.

    Safety

    Security is good in Abu Dhabi, but there is still a small risk of terrorism.

    As ever visitors should be sensible and follow basic safety guidelines like not walking at night or showing off expensive items.

    General Advice

    Clothing: visitors should, where possible, adapt to local customs. Clothing should cover the body and for women this means the head as well, using a head scarf.

    Photography: due to heightened security measures, taking pictures of places guarded by police or army is forbidden. This can also include major travel hubs like bus stations and airports.

    Driving: the price of petrol is cheap and the roads are well maintained. Take care not to break the speed limit.

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