11 September 2019
The capital of the United Arab Emirates is the perfect holiday destination for both couples and families alike. With almost year-round sunshine, world-class attractions, beautiful beaches, superb shopping, thrilling theme parks and a wealth of luxurious hotels, together with a fascinating heritage and culture, awe-inspiring Abu Dhabi has all the right ingredients for the perfect Arabian adventure.
Culture-lovers will find plenty of historic locations, galleries and museums to explore, with the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, fantastic Al Hosn site and picturesque Al Jahili Fort certain to impress. For yet more enriching activities, the Saadiyat Cultural District is an ever-growing global cultural hub centred around Louvre Abu Dhabi, and is the future home of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum. In terms of other art galleries, there is Manarat Al Saadiyat and The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Thrill-seekers will be in their element in Abu Dhabi, with so many exhilarating theme parks to get the blood pumping, including Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which is home to an exciting combination of Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, a huge Ferrari store and a range of authentic Italian dining options. It’s the ideal day out for all ages.
For water-based thrills, head to Yas Waterworld, voted #1 waterpark in the Middle East with more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, including Cinesplash, a 5D 'water cinema', and Bubble's Barrel, the world's largest artificial surfable wave.
If you’re lucky enough to be in town on 1 December this year, the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit is the most thrilling weekend of the year and remains the biggest international event in the United Arab Emirates.
Whilst many of Abu Dhabi’s luxurious hotels offer their own private beachfront facilities, you’ll also find plenty of public and club beaches where you can soak up the sunshine, cool off in the sparkling turquoise waters and enjoy exciting watersports. Some of the most popular spots are Corniche Beach, Yas Beach and Saadiyat Beach.
“Abu Dhabi has the most beautiful beach, turquoise waters and lovely sunny days! The skyscrapers are some of the tallest and architecturally pleasing in the world. They make for a stunning skyline.”
Vicky, Travel Counsellor
With huge dunes and spectacular sand valleys, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the breathtaking Abu Dhabi desert. The Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) is the world's largest uninterrupted sand mass, with a stunning landscape of endless dunes, which are simply perfect for off-road driving, dune bashing and sand boarding. For more relaxing desert pursuits, choose an authentic Arabian experience under the stars at the Al Badeyah desert camp, nestled in the desert dunes of Al Khaznah, or get a glimpse into traditional Emirati life at the Arabian Nights Village.
Abu Dhabi also offers plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind. Take a stroll through the beautiful Khalifa Park, or for a true taste of contemporary Abu Dhabi and amazing views of this cosmopolitan city, head to the Corniche - a delightful waterfront promenade which is especially stunning at sunset.
Shoppers will be in their element here too, with a selection of vast malls and boutique outlets, including The Galleria and Eastern Mangroves Promenade, as well as the traditional markets and souks.
Golf-lovers can practice their swing on one of the fabulous courses, and for the ultimate relaxation, treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at one of the world-class spas.
“No visit to the UAE is ever complete without a trip to the mall. As you would expect in the UAE, there are several to choose from in Abu Dhabi. We took a taxi to Yas Mall which has a plethora of shops, restaurants and experiences.”
Lisa, Travel Counsellor
Over four nights this autumn, you’ll have a chance to explore all sides of this holiday hotspot with a luxurious stay at the exquisite Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. Nestled amidst 57 acres of immaculately presented gardens, this stunning waterfront hotel seamlessly blends European elegance with Middle Eastern charm. Relax on the wide stretch of private beach, take a dip in the sparkling swimming pool or indulge in a pampering treatment at the Bedouin-inspired ESPA. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is also renowned for the high standards of its cuisine. Delight your palate with signature steakhouse dishes at The Forge, contemporary Lebanese cuisine at Mijana, Southeast Asian fusion food at Li Jiang or Italian favourites at Giornotte. After dinner, enjoy a cocktail at the elegant lobby lounge before retiring to your luxuriously appointed Deluxe Room. With plush bedding, a fully-stocked mini bar, a gorgeous marble bathroom with luxury Asprey bath products, and a secluded balcony offering spectacular views over the manicured gardens, swimming pool or beach, you’ll have everything that you need for your amazing Abu Dhabi break.
4 nights from £722 per person based on 2 people sharing*
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