A magnificent metropolis of year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, and a safe environment of classy hotels and high-end restaurants…we’re only talking about the wonderful capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Year-round, it continues to play host to visitors from all over the world attracted by contagious culture and a taste for the VIP lifestyle.
Pretty and cosmopolitan, the city’s waterside location once made it a small fishing village until the discovery of oil was made; transforming the city into a bustling centre of business and government.
The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is between November to May, when temperatures are often around 25ºC and you can make your way around in a comfortable heat. However, if you do choose to visit outside this period; hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls are all conveniently air-conditioned.
Discover the breathtaking landmark building Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is set beneath white-marble domes and decorated with glass-work, intricate carvings, and mosaic tiling to celebrate Islamic architecture. If you’re an avid art-lover pay a visit to the Middle East’s most spectacular museum – Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Experience a different side to Abu Dhabi with a trip into the mangrove forests that ring the islands surrounding the city with a kayaking tour. No visit is complete without the thrill of Formula One racing at the world-famous Ferrari World. Adrenaline junkies can sit tight and soar into the sky on white-knuckle rollercoasters while the kids learn the basics of driving.
Head up to Observation Deck at 300 for once-in-a-lifetime skyline views from the highest point in the city or whizz down the waterslides of the mammoth theme park Yas Waterworld.
A food lover’s paradise, tempt your taste buds with a rich and comforting Thereed stew or Emirati’s combine rice with meat or fish and a fragrant combination of spices to form the delectable Machboos. Round off your meal with sweet deep-fried dumplings, referred to as Luqaimat.
The UAE’s cultural heart is bound to make it as the next destination on your travel bucket list; with its grand buildings, postcard-perfect skylines, shopping mega-centres, and mouth-watering meals.