Abu Dhabi Holidays

Abu Dhabi Holidays

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Bursting with history and culture, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is the perfect place to enjoy a beachside holiday for a week or two. With beaches that stretch for miles and some of the world’s best attractions, this up and coming beach destination has everything you could need and more from a holiday in the sun.

Beaches
The picture-perfect beaches of Abu Dhabi are some of the best in the world, so whether you want to pitch up and spend a day tanning yourself silly or hit the waves with an array of watersports, we’ve got you sorted.
Boasting 8km of pristine Blue-Flag beach, the Corniche is one of the most popular beaches Abu Dhabi has to offer. Saadiyat Beach offers more than 300 sun loungers and regular beach yoga classes for those looking to kick back and relax. Or, for a spot popular with locals and visitors alike, spend a day at Al Bateen Beach where its calm waters are a firm favourite with beach lovers of all ages.

Food & Drink
An integral part of any meal in the Arabian Gulf is expressing your generosity and hospitality. With meals designed to be shared by gatherings of family and friends, the most popular dishes of Abu Dhabi are those rooted in tradition and family.
Tuck into a plate of al machboos, the national dish of the UAE, a filling feast consisting of meat, rice, and onions seasoned to perfection and slow cooked in a large pot. For a real sweet treat we recommend a bowl of luqaimat, dumplings lovingly drizzled with date molasses and deliciously decadent, or chebab, Emirati pancakes flavoured with cardamom, dates, and saffron.When you’re finished sampling the delights of Emirati cuisine, why not wash it all down with a cold glass of tamar hindi, a sweet drink made of tamarind and lemon juice, or a traditional pot of karak chai.

Culture
Spanning thousands of years, Emirati culture is rich and wonderful in all ways. From delicious food to fascinating religious practices, there’s always something to observe and get involved with in Abu Dhabi. And while most Abu Dhabi culture is rooted in Islamic traditions, they’re more than happy to get involved with global celebrations. Enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in one of Abu Dhabi’s many shopping malls, under the shadow of enormous Christmas trees and jolly Santas.
Family and hospitality are the cornerstones of this rich culture, so don’t be surprised when every person you meet starts to act like they’re your new best friend- that’s the Emirati way!

Nightlife
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of places in Abu Dhabi where you can let your hair down and enjoy a night on the tiles. For those looking to enjoy a sophisticated cocktail or two on the beach, Saadiyat Beach Club just can’t be beat or if you prefer to wait until the sun goes down then MAD on Yas Island is the place to be.
If you’re in need of a taste of sophistication, Allure by Cipriani is one of the trendiest nightclubs in Abu Dhabi, located within the iconic Yas Island Yacht Club.

Important Information
Flight Time: 7.5 hours
Time Difference: +3hr
Currency: UAE dirham
Official Language: Arabic

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Visa and Entry Information
Passport Requirements: All passports must have 6 months validity from the return date of travel, two clear pages inside, and a valid return ticket.
Visa Requirements: Visitors are required to obtain a visitor’s visa upon arrival into the United Arab Emirates. If you’re a dual national, you should contact the UAE Embassy for advice on entry requirements before you travel.
Visitor Tax:
All visitors to Abu Dhabi are required to pay a Tourism Dirham Fee, which is 4% of your total hotel bill plus 15 AED per room per night.
Hotels, apartments, resorts, restaurants, etc. may also charge one or more of the following taxes: 10% tax on the room rate, 10% service charge, 10% municipality fees, 6-10% city tax, and 6% tourism fee.



Ramadan
Please be aware that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will take place between 05/05/2019 and 04/06/2019. During this time, many cafes and restaurants will close during the day, restrictions on alcohol sales may be in place, and hotel dining for non-Muslim guests may take place in private rooms. Playing music, dancing, and eating in public areas may also be restricted during this time.

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Abu Dhabi Weather

Located in the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi enjoy a year-round warm climate with sunny winters and scorching summers, perfect for those who like it hot. With average lows of 18°C during January and highs of 36°C in August, there’s never a bad time to visit Abu Dhabi.
Jan 18ºC
Feb 20ºC
Mar 23ºC
Apr 27ºC
May 31ºC
Jun 33ºC
Jul 35ºC
Aug 36ºC
Sep 33ºC
Oct 29ºC
Nov 25ºC
Dec 21ºC

Things To Do on Abu Dhabi Holidays

Ferrari World
This Ferrari-themed park is the perfect place for petrolheads of all ages, where you can hit the gas like the pro you know you are on the inside. Whether you’re in the mood to test your mettle on the track or fancy facing the thrills of the coasters, Ferrari World is a fun-filled day out for the whole family.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Rising gracefully and named for the beloved Sheikh Zayed, one of the founders of the UAE itself, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an iconic landmark in Abu Dhabi. Beautifully decorated in white and gold, this architectural wonder is a beautiful sight to behold.

Marina Mall
Boasting more 400 stores, 50 food and drink venues, and an entertainment complex, the Marina Mall is a shopoholic’s idea of heaven. Splash the cash in high-end boutiques or bag a bargain in a hidden gem while exploring this iconic shopping mall.

Yas Waterworld
Grab your swimsuits and head on over to the Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi’s premiere waterpark where you can splash your way through 40 rides and attractions or bob along the lazy river under the Arabian sun. With so much to do in one park, the Yas Waterworld is a great day out for holidaymakers of all ages.