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.BeachesThe 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 & DrinkAn 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.CultureSpanning 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!NightlifeContrary 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 InformationFlight Time: 7.5 hoursTime Difference: +3hrCurrency: UAE dirhamOfficial Language: ArabicVaccinationsPlease check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.Visa and Entry InformationPassport 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.RamadanPlease be aware that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will take place between 23/04/2020 and 23/05/2020. 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.