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Abu Dhabi

Everything in Abu Dhabi seems to be bigger and better than the last thing you saw. Yas Island is home to the fastest roller-coaster in the world, the glistening white marble mosque has space for over 40,000 worshippers and at Emirates Palace you’ll find burgers and coffees sprinkled with pure 24-carat gold. This magnificent city, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is also home to stylish designer boutiques, swathes of sugar-white sands and lavish hotels with five-star dining and immaculate service. Abu Dhabi is contemporary, cutting edge and vibrant, yet beyond the awe-inspiring glass skyscrapers and post-modern architecture it’s also full of intoxicating Middle Eastern flavour.

Abu Dhabi boasts over 200 natural islands, including the stunning unspoiled sands and turquoise waters of Saadiyat Island, given the seal of approval by the hawksbill turtles that nest here every year and the dolphins that play in the crystal-clear waters offshore. Yas Island is increasingly becoming Abu Dhabi’s entertainment centre, with Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, and the Yas Marina Circuit, host of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all based on the island.

Reflecting every taste and culture under the sun, dining in Abu Dhabi is a veritable showcase for the world’s finest cuisines. The restaurants in our featured resorts are all superb, but we particularly recommend the award-winning Chinese dishes of Michelin-starred Hakkasan at Emirates Palace and Silk & Spice at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche for deliciously fragrant Thai specialities. Emirati cuisine is somewhat unsung but growing in popularity, with dishes typically meat or fish based and infused with the aromatic flavours of cinnamon, saffron and turmeric; try al madrooba, a tasty dish comprised of salted fish in a thick, spicy sauce.


Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 7 hours direct.

British Airways Departures from Heathrow daily.

Etihad Airways Departures from Heathrow daily. 

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller flights. Prices with Etihad Airways are available on request.


Arabic is the official language of the Emirates, but English is widely spoken.

Time Difference

4 hours ahead of GMT.


UAE dirham. Major credit cards are also accepted at all hotels.

Useful Information

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your return travel date.

See the island

Stroll the Corniche

Starting from the breakwater, the Corniche is a five-mile stretch of manicured seafront which includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés, restaurants and the Corniche beach. It is perfect for an evening stroll.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Opened in 2007, this is a truly spectacular sight. A fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture, it is the eighth largest mosque in the world and has the capacity to hold over 40,000 worshippers. Public tours take place three times a day, Saturday – Thursday, and also on Friday afternoons. We recommend taking the sunset tour as it’s the perfect time to take photos, and it’s cooler.


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi doesn’t do things by halves, and Ferrari World, the star attraction on Yas Island, is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the world. Strap yourself in for a white-knuckle ride on the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, designed to replicate the G-force experienced by F1 drivers. It’s a must-visit for petrolheads and adrenaline junkies.”


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