As we have come to expect from the UAE, the shopping in Abu Dhabi is excellent. For an authentically Arabian experience, wander through Souk Al Zafarana or Al Ain Souk and haggle for spices, perfumes, handicrafts, Persian rugs and even gold. Spend the rest of your day in the stark contrast of the sparkling designer malls. Try Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall and Al Wahda Mall.
The brilliantly named pastime of dune bashing is a must-do on Abu Dhabi holidays. Leave the city for the surrounding desert, take a seat in a 4x4 Jeep and experience a thrilling ride up and over the sand dunes. The world's tallest dune, Tel Moreeb, is over 300 metres high. For a more old-fashioned way to explore the desert, ride a camel. Or just relax and enjoy some stargazing at an evening desert barbecue.
Immerse yourself in Abu Dhabi's history and culture at this reconstruction of a traditional village. Go back to a time untouched by oil revenues and tourism to discover a souk, a mosque, a Bedouin camp and a barasti house, built from palm trees. Watch craftsmen making pots, blowing glass, beating brass and weaving on looms, all the authentic skills of the desert way of life.
Built by the UAE's late ruler, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this beautiful white marble mosque is one of the largest built in modern times. Completed in 2007, it has room for an incredible 41,000 people and features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns and, in the main prayer hall, a 12-ton, 15-metre-high chandelier
The future looks bright for Abu Dhabi. Exciting new developments include the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, and UAE outposts of the Louvre and Guggenheim, all scheduled to open in the next few years.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Abu Dhabi from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Etihad offer direct services to Abu Dhabi from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: Qatar Airways, British Airways and Emirates all offer services via another airport in the Middle East.
Departure Taxes: There are no relevant departure taxes in Abu Dhabi.
None for British citizens
January, June, July, August, September, December
No specific vaccinations required
lightweight clothes in natural fabrics like cotton or linen
including modest outfits that cover your shoulders and knees;
An underwater camera for snorkelling.
Layers and cover-ups for over-the-top air conditioning;
Comfortable walking sandals for exploring;
A wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face;
High factor sunscreen;
With its hot, arid landscapes and warm tropical seas, the United Arab Emirates is home to a far more diverse wildlife than you might expect. Lizards, snakes, desert foxes, and sand cats live in its dry deserts; and sea turtles breed on its sandy beaches. From flamingos to vultures, hundreds of bird species can be spotted here, many en route to Europe, Asia and Africa. While the waters off the coast are inhabited by whales, dolphins, sea snakes, and over 500 species of fish including 29 types of shark.
Al Ain Wildlife Park
From African lions and giraffes to chimpanzees and crocodiles, this spacious conservation project in Abu Dhabi is home to 184 species and more than 4,300 animals. As well as the usual wildlife gawping, you can feed the giraffes, watch the birds of prey show and join a night-time safari in summertime.