17 April 2018
Abu Dhabi’s rich, cultural heritage isn’t its only asset. Hundreds of kilometres of coastline, luxury accommodation and amazing attractions await in the glittering emirate.
From its captivating culture to its exhilarating adventure, Abu Dhabi’s appeal is universal. Daily temperatures average at around 18°C in January – the coldest month on the calendar. In the UAE you're almost guaranteed sunshine all year-round, so make sure you check out Saadiyat Island, Yas Beach and the Corniche, which all boast golden sands and sparkling blue waters.
As an exciting, cosmopolitan playground, Abu Dhabi has a great range of luxury hotels including Yas Viceroy and Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. The destination also has a great range of restaurants to choose from.
If it's retail therapy you’re looking for, Abu Dhabi fits the bill. A selection of first-class malls offer fabulous shopping experiences, while more traditional markets present the chance to buy fresh produce and handmade crafts.
The countless generations which have called Abu Dhabi home have left their mark on the city, so there are a plethora of marvels to discover. The crowning jewel is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is admired for its grand marble flooring and columns and Swarovski-adorned chandeliers.
Based on Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in November 2017 and serves as a piece of art itself, with a 180-metre dome composed of nearly 8,000 unique metal stars. Wander through its 23 galleries and marvel at exhibitions featuring both ancient and contemporary works, including everything from a holy Qur’an from the Mamluk period and one of Bellini’s iconic ‘Virgin and Child’ paintings, to works created by 20th-century Dutch painter Pier Mondrian.
The spot on which Abu Dhabi stands has been inhabited for thousands of years, giving a treasure trove of archaeological sites to explore. The Heritage Village offers a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village providing a glimpse into the emirate’s past. Opt for a culture-laden experience on the Abu Dhabi Pearl journey, where you can sail on a traditional Jalboot and see a demonstration of pearl diving and oyster opening on board, all in addition to the warm Arabian hospitality.
90 minutes away from Abu Dhabi is Al Ain. Known as the Garden City due to its greenery, Al Ain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shrouded in picturesque forts, one being Al Jahili Fort – a stunning 19th-century castle with landscaped gardens. Explore the tranquil Al Ain Oasis where you can wander along shady palm-lined paths or visit Qasr Al Muwaiji, a modern museum which has been built around the ruins of a century-old fortress, once home to Abu Dhabi’s ruling dynasty.
Head to Al Dhafra for authentic heritage and incredible scenery, including the biggest sand dune east of the Sahara Desert. Unleash your inner adventurer and try your hand at off-road driving or explore hundreds of kilometres of beautiful coastline. The magnificent Qasr Al Sarab or Mirage Palace are luxurious resort options in the midst of the Liwa Desert, with five-star offerings including dune dawn walks, falconry shows and campfire barbeques.
If you’re inspired to take a holiday in Abu Dhabi, a seven-night full board stay at the Emirates Palace in a Coral Room Garden View Room starts at £2,567 per person. Flights from Manchester departing 11 April 2018 are included. Contact your Travel Counsellor to find out more.