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Abu Dhabi Holidays

Abu Dhabi holidays are ideal if you are seeking luxury combined with big, bold attractions and high energy. Fast paced and fascinating, Abu Dhabi is home to one of the largest and grandest mosques in the world – the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

The capital of the UAE , Abu Dhabi offers another world of pure relaxation. Explore the luxurious beachfront famous for its imposing Abu Dhabi hotels, swanky dining, vibrant shopping and spectacular ocean views. Then, amble through the various shopping markets and souks to pick up fascinating souvenirs.

For ultimate serenity, embark on a peaceful canoe trip down the tranquil Eastern mangroves.

If you’re wishing for a taste of Arabic grandeur and opulence, then head to the world-famous Emirates Palace. Even if you’re not staying here, you are welcome to take a look around the majestic grounds.

Adventure on Abu Dhabi holidays

When it comes to thrill-seeking and adventure, Abu Dhabi holidays have plenty to offer. UAE’s capital city famously offers groundbreaking modern attractions and leisure complexes. These include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, where you can get your adrenaline pumping on the world’s fastest roller coaster, and Yas Waterworld, which is home to more than 40 exciting rides, slides and attractions for all the family.

If you prefer adventure far from the hustle and bustle of the capital, head to the dunes for desert safari or sandboarding. There’s plenty to do in the ocean too, whether you prefer kayaking or wakeboarding across the water. Or, why not explore the underwater depths of the sea with scuba diving or snorkelling trips?

If you’re planning a trip to the Seychelles, the Maldives, or Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi multicentre holidays offer you the perfect opportunity for a stopover. Taking a break between long flights, you can recharge those batteries and experience a modern city like no other.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - a significant place of worship for locals and the largest mosque in the country
  • Visit Yas Island and enjoy many activities, from beach clubs to waterparks to shopping in the UAE’s second largest mall
  • Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at the indoor Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island
  • Stroll through the grounds of the luxurious Emirates Palace, an impressive five star hotel fit for royalty

Our favourite hotels

Explore our selection of Abu Dhabi hotels, which range from comfortable and clean to luxury and lavish. Browse our favourite places to stay in Abu Dhabi - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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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
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Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,029  pp

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi
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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.

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    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.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is hot and dry all year round, with temperatures peaking in July at an average of 34°C. The best weather usually occurs in April, when it’s still warm and pleasant without being too hot, with an average temperature of around 26°C. If you prefer cooler temperatures, visit Abu Dhabi in January when days average 19°C.

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Average weather in January

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19ºC
5mm

Average weather in February

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20ºC
4mm

Average weather in March

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23ºC
9mm

Average weather in April

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26ºC
1mm

Average weather in May

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30ºC
1mm

Average weather in June

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Abu Dhabi
32ºC

Average weather in July

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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
3mm

Average weather in December

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21ºC
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    Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    ‘Visit the waterfront Corniche to admire the white sandy beaches. You can stroll along the promenade and appreciate the spectacular views of the iconic high-rise buildings along the seafront. Or better yet, hire a bike and make the most of the dedicated cycle paths along the promenade and through the Corniche's gardens.’

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    Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    ‘Visit Abu Dhabi's stunning Mangrove National Park and explore by kayak, paddleboard or boat. Or, to learn more about this fascinating forest, enjoy a guided tour.’

  • a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera

    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.”

Events and festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Abu Dhabi holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    The world-famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is usually held annually, around November and December. Taking place over 55 laps of the 3.45 mile Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island, this event is quite the motoracing spectacle. If you like your racing car fan, this is certainly a bucket list item to tick off.

  • Mother of the Nation Festival

    Usually taking place in March, the Mother of the National Festival celebrates H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. Welcoming visitors from all over the world and from all walks of life, the festival constructs an entertaining and interactive design to celebrate the contemporary culture of the UAE.

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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