Abu Dhabi Destination

The magnificent city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, has much to shout about, bringing the biggest and best of everything. Yas Island is home to Ferrari World and the fastest rollercoaster on the planet, and is increasingly becoming Abu Dhabi’s entertainment centre, with Yas Waterworld and the Yas Marina Circuit, host of the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, also based here, and a new mall, Abu Dhabi’s biggest, complete with cinema complex coming for 2015. 

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Abu Dhabi also boasts 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. Explore further afield with a trip out into the breathtaking Liwa Desert, where the burning sun chases an endless vista of shimmering dunes. Back in the city, take a pleasant stroll along the picturesque waterfront Corniche or a tour around the breathtaking, glistening white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which has space for over 40,000 worshippers.

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Stroll the Corniche

Starting from the old town, near the Hilton Hotel, 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, and is perfect for an evening stroll.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Opened in 2007, this is truly a spectacular sight. A fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture, it is the 8th largest mosque in the world and has the capacity to hold over 40,000 worshippers. Public tours are 3 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.

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Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 7 hours direct.

British Airways Departures to Abu Dhabi from Heathrow daily.

Etihad Airways Departures to Abu Dhabi 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.

Language

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

Time Difference

4 hours ahead of GMT.

Currency

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. 

Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are important religious festivals in the Muslim world, the exact dates of which are determined by the lunar calendar and change each year. For 2015/2016 they are expected to take place as follows:

Holy Prophet's Birthday: 22 - 23 December 2015 inclusive
Isra Al Miraj:  4 - 5 May 2016 inclusive
Ramadan: 6 June - 6 July 2016 inclusive
Eid Al Fitr: 5 – 8 July 2016 inclusive
Eid Al Adha: 11 – 14 September 2016 inclusive

During these times, some restaurant and bars may close and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking in public. Please contact us for the latest information on how this may affect your holiday.

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