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Sure, it might be best known for skyscrapers and luxury resorts, but Abu Dhabi holidays can offer so much more. Not that we’re against taking advantage of the ample fine dining and luxe lounging on offer in the capital of the United Arab Emirates – there’s always time for a mojito by the pool – but there are also some amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences you shouldn’t miss in the city.

Of course, there’s the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (a must-do) and the amazing theme parks – world’s fastest rollercoaster anyone? – but how about doing an indoor skydive or paying a visit to the world’s largest falcon hospital? Challenge yourself with a climb up to the Jebel Hafeet peak or an afternoon in the desert ‘surfing’ on the largest sand dunes in the UAE – don’t forget to refuel with an all-you-can eat night brunch.

Spot dolphins at the pristine public beaches, snap cheetahs, giraffes and oryxes on a wildlife drive or hop in a kayak and explore the natural mangrove forests – look out for the local foxes and flamingos! If nature isn’t your thing, how about unleashing your inner Lewis Hamilton and going for a spin around the Yas Marina Circuit in a Ferrari, or check out the hipster-friendly art exhibits at Warehouse421?

Basically, what we’re saying is there’s a lot of cool stuff to do in Abu Dhabi – but a poolside cabana isn’t a bad place to start.

Abu Dhabi

Sure, it might be best known for skyscrapers and luxury resorts, but Abu Dhabi holidays can offer so much more. Not that we’re against taking advantage of the ample fine dining and luxe lounging on offer in the capital of the United Arab Emirates – there’s always time for a mojito by the pool – but there are also some amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences you shouldn’t miss in the city.

Of course, there’s the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (a must-do) and the amazing theme parks – world’s fastest rollercoaster anyone? – but how about doing an indoor skydive or paying a visit to the world’s largest falcon hospital? Challenge yourself with a climb up to the Jebel Hafeet peak or an afternoon in the desert ‘surfing’ on the largest sand dunes in the UAE – don’t forget to refuel with an all-you-can eat night brunch.

Spot dolphins at the pristine public beaches, snap cheetahs, giraffes and oryxes on a wildlife drive or hop in a kayak and explore the natural mangrove forests – look out for the local foxes and flamingos! If nature isn’t your thing, how about unleashing your inner Lewis Hamilton and going for a spin around the Yas Marina Circuit in a Ferrari, or check out the hipster-friendly art exhibits at Warehouse421?

Basically, what we’re saying is there’s a lot of cool stuff to do in Abu Dhabi – but a poolside cabana isn’t a bad place to start.

   
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A slice of desert action

  • Food

    3 course meal for 2: £41.72

  • Coffee

    A regular cappuccino: £3.98

  • Beer

    A medium beer: £8.34

  • Taxi

    One-way (Local Transport): £0.42

A slice of desert action

  • Food

    3 course meal for 2: £41.72

  • Coffee

    A regular cappuccino: £3.98

  • Beer

    A medium beer: £8.34

  • Taxi

    One-way (Local Transport): £0.42

Soundtrack of the city

Sunshine or… more sunshine?

The Winter months of November to March are ideal for getting out and exploring the desert. If it’s beach time you want, October and April are sunny, but not overwhelmingly so. While the height of summer (May-Aug) may not be the best time to visit Abu Dhabi for those who struggle in the heat, it’s a great time to enjoy all of the air-conditioned indoor activities with no crowds.

Discover the real Abu Dhabi

Exploring a new city is always fun – you never know what amazing spots you might come across. But when it comes to getting the most out of your trip, knowing exactly where to head for the best experiences is priceless, as well as the overrated tourist traps to avoid. If only there was somewhere you could go for insider tips and local knowledge on the city’s hidden gems. Oh… you found it.

From the ultimate in fine dining to more budget-friendly spots, eating your way through Abu Dhabi would take months. Thankfully, we’ve sped things up and gathered the very best of the city’s food scene. Feast-like brunches, tasty local cuisine and unique drinking experiences – all at your fingertips.

From the city’s beaches and busiest districts to the mangroves and desert, we’ve left no stone unturned. Take advantage of all of our hard work and get the insider lowdown on how to make your trip to Abu Dhabi seriously memorable.

From art galleries and fort museums to jet skiing and dune bashing, Abu Dhabi is full of great experiences. Not sure where to start? Fear not – we’re here to help you build the perfect itinerary packed with the city’s best sights and activities.

Food & Drink

From the ultimate in fine dining to more budget-friendly spots, eating your way through Abu Dhabi would take months. Thankfully, we’ve sped things up and gathered the very best of the city’s food scene. Feast-like brunches, tasty local cuisine and unique drinking experiences – all at your fingertips.

Guides & Tips

From the city’s beaches and busiest districts to the mangroves and desert, we’ve left no stone unturned. Take advantage of all of our hard work and get the insider lowdown on how to make your trip to Abu Dhabi seriously memorable.

See & do

From art galleries and fort museums to jet skiing and dune bashing, Abu Dhabi is full of great experiences. Not sure where to start? Fear not – we’re here to help you build the perfect itinerary packed with the city’s best sights and activities.

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More of the UAE

From mountainous landscapes to secret forests, the UAE offers surprises at every turn. Go all out and revel in luxury amidst incredible modern architecture or find serenity in the heart of the desert. Discover rich Bedouin history and fascinating local customs and venture to some of last remaining places that are truly off of the tourist trail. Whether you’re craving action-packed adventure or the ultimate in R&R, the UAE promises the trip of a lifetime.