• Abu Dhabi Skyline

Abu Dhabi Holidays

The land where nothing sits still – Abu Dhabi is fast and fascinating, and a worthy capital of the UAE.

Home to one of the largest and  grandest mosques in the world, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a modern, cultural hub with ground-breaking modern attractions  such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld dotted within its authentic, historical backdrop; proving quite the contrast. We love this beachfront haven for its luxury hotels, upmarket dining, and spectacular views across the ocean. Gently shift from vibrant shopping in the markets and souqs, to a peaceful canoe trip down the eastern mangroves. Every day on a holiday to Abu Dhabi is different.

If you’re planning a trip to the Seychelles, Abu Dhabi is the perfect stopover en-route; jump off the plane and explore the UAE’s crown jewel before escaping to the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters in paradise.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit Yas Island for the theme and water parks as well as the famous Formula One track
  • Head to one of the grandest mosques in the world
  • Leisurely activities from golf to kayaking the mangroves
  • You're only an hour from Dubai making it easy to combine two cities in one trip
  • Luxurious hotels and resorts including the exquisite Emirates Palace

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Abu Dhabi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,139 pp

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Abu Dhabi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£759 pp

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Unique Exterior

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,029 pp

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi

Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£589 pp

Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. seven hours. Direct flights are available from London Heathrow and Manchester.

Currency

Dirham (AED)

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa to Abu Dhabi.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Abu Dubai.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is also the largest, and – like the rest of the UAE – it never stops growing. Cycle the length of the beautiful seafront Corniche, and the skyline of glittering high-rises and record-breaking structures practically multiplies before your eyes. Marvel at the sheer grandeur of structures like the Emirates Palace, then see what life was like here – pre-oil – at the eye-opening Heritage Village.

  • Yas Marina

    Yas Island

    Yas Island is a playground for thrill-seekers. You can ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, or take a spin in a supercar around Yas Marina Circuit. Add a massive waterpark to the mix, and the adrenaline rating on this man-made isle is off the scale.

  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    Colouful culture

    While Abu Dhabi has its fair share of futuristic skyscrapers and mega-malls, it’s rich history is never far away. Step into Souk Al Zafarana to snap up delicate perfumes and detailed embroidery, then take in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s epic domes, minarets, and murals.

  • Street View, Abu Dhabi

    The Corniche

    Spread across 8km of stunning waterfront, the Corniche area offers spectacular views over the city, and serves as one of Abu Dhabi's main recreation and entertainment spots.

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Experience the thrill and excitement of the Formula 1™ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Yas Marina Circuit offers something magical, not only is this the last race on the F1™ calendar but each grandstand offers amazing views.

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Average weather in January

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19ºC
5mm

Average weather in February

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20ºC
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Average weather in March

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23ºC
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Average weather in April

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26ºC
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Average weather in May

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30ºC
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Average weather in June

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Abu Dhabi
32ºC

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34ºC

Average weather in August

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34ºC

Average weather in September

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32ºC

Average weather in October

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29ºC
3mm

Average weather in November

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25ºC
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Average weather in December

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21ºC
4mm
  • Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “If you're an adrenaline junkie, visit Ferrari World on Yas Island where you can ride the world's fastest rollercoaster. It's an unforgettable experience.”

  • Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    “It’s worthwhile hiring a bicycle to get around Abu Dhabi. Especially in the Corniche area where sights are to be seen from a gentle pedal pace.”

  • Taylor

    Destination Manager

    “Have one of the hotel’s signature coffees – the gold leaf cappuccino – and live like royalty for the day, surrounded by gold leaf ceilings and Swarovski crystal doorknobs.”

Types of Abu Dhabi holidays

Abu Dhabi Mosque, Middle East

Abu Dhabi Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The weekend in Abu Dhabi runs from Friday to Saturday. Sunday is the start of the working week in the UAE.

There are two routes to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi. You can either take the E10 Highway (Al Raha Beach Highway) or the E12 Highway (Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway) then follow the blue Yas Leisure Drive signs. A taxi journey will take just under half an hour.

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