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The heart of the UAE

Stretching for miles along the shore of the Persian Gulf, the Corniche helps define Abu Dhabi both geographically and as a holiday destination. We love this beachfront boulevard, lined with parks, luxury hotels, entertainment venues and upmarket dining. The views from Breakwater Point are spectacular, outlining Abu Dhabi with the glittering skyline on one side and the shimmering Gulf on the other.

Highlights of Abu Dhabi

Souks and Shopping Malls

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.

Desert Adventure

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.

Heritage Village

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.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque

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

Looking to the Future

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.

Flight Information

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.

Health

No specific vaccinations required