Abu Dhabi Holidays
For those in search of some sun (and after one of the wettest summers on record, who isn't?), we have the answer: Abu Dhabi. This sun kissed city is situated in the United Arab Emirates close to footballers' favourite, Dubai, but is a million miles away from its showy sibling.
For while the more conservative Islamic city may boast many of the same draws as Dubai (read guaranteed sunshine, a sparkling sea, sand whiter than a dentist's chair plus hip hotels, top notch dining, chic bars and modern shopping malls crammed with delights), crucially the capital has substance as well as style. From 2012, Saadiyat Island - a mere 500m off Abu Dhabi's east coast and half the size of Bermuda - will house the world's largest Guggenheim contemporary arts museum,. Other meaningful coups include the first ever branch of the world famous Parisian art museum, The Louvre.
Factor in the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix race - slated to take place in November - and there's no doubting that this former fishing village is certainly going places. All of which means that if you want to ensure full holiday bragging rights, there has never been a better time to visit, and with On the Beach, getting there has never been easier. So book a bargain break, top up your tan and see for yourself the city that the whole world will know about - even if they can't pinpoint its exact location on the map.