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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

A lush desert oasis known as the garden city of the Gulf

Located on the edge of the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi (often referred to as the Garden City of the Gulf) is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In this lush desert oasis, you will find a city comprising of both traditional Arabian architecture combined with modern contemporary designs which blend together with surprising ease. If you are looking for superb accommodation with amazing facilities, fine foods and activities aplenty, all combined with a reliable climate then look no further than Abu Dhabi.

Visitors can explore the interesting and colourful souks, visit the ancient mosques or perhaps take a trip to see the latest addition to the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. It’s a popular destinations with couples and families alike, with ultra-luxurious hotels in absolute abundance.

One of the top must-see landmarks is the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which has a capacity for an astounding 40,000 worshippers. Featuring gold plated chandeliers, 80 domes and over 1,000 columns, this architectural marvel is once-seen, never-forgotten!

For those that would like to spend time relaxing on the beach, try the stunning Saadiyat and Yas public beaches. You’ll find the water very inviting as well so perhaps you’d like to try surfing or parasailing…or maybe kayaking is more your thing. You could swim, snorkel, dive, cruise or take a boat tour to discover more of the emirate’s waters.

Yas Island is a fabulous place to visit as it has the Yas Marina Circuit, a huge waterpark, Arabia’s only links course and the amazing Ferrari World theme park. Plus, when you’re all tired out, there’s a beach where you can chill out and plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy top-notch cuisine or simple, fast and convenient comfort food.

Abu Dhabi is also a convenient choice for a multi-centre holiday if you’re travelling to Sri Lanka, the Seychelles or the Maldives. You can take a break between the long flights and enjoy time in this modern and vibrant city.

Designer Travel can tailor-make your luxury holiday to Abu Dhabi or any other destination in the world; it’s what we love to do. Our aim is to ensure you have the dream holiday you want and one which leaves you with fantastic memories so you want to book your next adventure as soon as you possibly can! We have a large team of experienced and friendly Travel Experts who can answer your questions, search for the best options for you, make recommendations and follow up with a full after sales service. We are ABTA bonded and independent, so we have a huge choice of flights and accommodation options available to us. You can rest easy knowing that you’re completely looked after from start to finish when you book a luxury holiday with Designer Travel.

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Key Highlights
  • The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-see
  • Watersports available include surfing, parasailing, diving and wake-boarding
  • Yas Waterworld is a big hit with aquapark fans
  • Ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
  • Head to the dunes for a spot of sandboarding or a desert safari
  • The shopping here is awesome with everything from ultra-modern malls to boutique shops
  • The Corniche has a beach, children’s play areas, cycle and pedestrrian pathways and lots of eateries to choose from
  • You can find everything from five-star cuisine to the usual fast-food options
  • Taxis are the easiest way to get around
  • Car hire is an option but be aware that the multi-lane highways can be busy and congestion is frequent
  • Consider a multi-centre stay, perhaps with the Maldives, Seychelles or Sri Lanka
  • The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is uniquely designed and spans the Yas Marina Circuit

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +4 hours

Currency: UAE Dirham

Climate Information

The hottest temperatures occur between June and September when daily highs can reach over 40°C.

The Holy Month of Ramadan typically falls during August/Early September – during this period there are restrictions on alcohol, entertaining and indoor dining.

Leisure & Activities

Yas Island
It’s difficult to describe this vast entertainment complex, other than to say it’s huge and provides a complete cross section of entertainment for the whole family from Grand Prix Racing to designer shops. Yas Island itself is a man-made island, but it can still be reached by car. Here’s just a few of the activities… Ferrari World - which is a whole theme park in itself, Yas Golf Links, Waterworld - which is said to be the biggest water park in the world, Yas Shopping Mall and there are many restaurants and hotels as well.

The Corniche
An amble along the four-mile long promenade, known as The Corniche, is a brilliant way to take in the stunning Abu Dhabi skyline, with plenty of places to stop off on the way. If you would like to see The Corniche at a quicker pace, you can hire bicycles.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Opened in 2007, this beautiful Mosque is breath taking in its magnificence. It’s the largest Mosque in the United Arab Emirates and covers an area of more than 30 acres.

Hotels in Abu Dhabi