Abu Dhabi Mosque, Middle East

Destination

Abu Dhabi Holidays

The heart of the UAE

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
Essential Information
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  • Time Zone GMT +4 hours.
  • Currency Dirham (AED)
  • Visa Information British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa to Abu Dhabi.
  • Language Arabic and English are widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Approx. seven hours. Direct flights are available from London Heathrow and Manchester.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Abu Dubai.

Top Tips from our Experts

Sarah

Destination Executive

“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 Executive

“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

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.

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

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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Abu Dhabi

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The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
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Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

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Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Hilton Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

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Hilton Abu Dhabi

More Abu Dhabi inspiration

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Abu Dhabi: Not just a Dubai wannabe

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Markets and bazaars for shopping and culture

Markets and bazaars for shopping and culture
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Why Yas Island should be on your travel bucket-list

Why Yas Island should be on your travel bucket-list

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