December – February
LCY → AUH
Free Visa on arrival
Up to 30 days
Free of charge
Taxi: 13 £GBP (35 min)
Bus: 1 £GBP (40 min)
Travel insurance is recommended
Compared to Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the glitzy city’s more adult and more refined brother, in Abu Dhabi chic is more understated chic than that of its notorious sibling. In Abu Dhabi, the emphasis is less on surface glamour and more on pure luxury – all infused with Middle Eastern character. Culture forms an important face of Abu Dhabi holidays - the city tries to be a bridge between Eastern and Western worlds and it is something it succeeds at. In Abu Dhabi you can experience the best of everything, from famed international sporting events, pure beaches and large servings of the fascinating Arabian culture.
Whether it is the culture such as awe-inspiring sights like the historic Al Jahili Fort and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, amazing shopping at atmospheric souks and glittering malls, exciting world-class attractions for the whole family or simply relaxation you seek, this captivating city has it all. The capital of the United Arab Emirates offers a scintillating mix of modernity and history, topped off with sunshine year-round and incredible Arabian hospitality.
Temperature: Winter averages of between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Abu Dhabi: Being a desert city, the best time to visit Abu Dhabi is winter when it offers the sort of temperatures Europeans are more used to experiencing in summer.
Winter, from November to February, is the best time for Abu Dhabi holidays, the temperature sits around the mid-20s degrees Celsius. You can of course visit it during the scorching summer, but be warned, temperatures can top the high 40s and even the locals take shelter from the heat in air conditioning the majority of the time. During the Holy Month of Ramadan (which varies year-on-year) Muslims fast during the hours of daylight, and during this time, restaurants may be closed and alcohol restrictions will be in place in hotels.
Stunning beaches, amazing culture, world-famed attractions and incredible shopping – in Abu Dhabi you won’t need to go far at all. Whatever you’re looking for from your Abu Dhabi holidays you’re sure to find it.
Hit the pure white sands of Abu Dhabi’s beaches to bathe in the year-round sunshine. Unwind and relax with a luxury spa pampering, or indulge in some retail therapy at the exotic souks or luxury malls. Take in the incredible mix of traditional and modern Arabian architecture, head to the various theme parks for a fun-filled family outing or indulge in Emirati or international cuisine.
The landmark Marina Mall offers spectacular vistas of the city from the 100 metre-high viewing platform. The mall offers designer-labels and a whole host of entertainment to enjoy including a bowling alley, Cineplex and ice rink. Its atmosphere is what you are looking for, you’ll find it in the vibrant souks while at Souk Al Zafarana you’ll find exotic souvenirs from your holidays to Abu Dhabi.
The domes of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will dazzle you, as will its awe-inspiring architecture, gleaming chandeliers and shimmering pools. Al Ain National Museum will help you discover Abu Dhabi’s history and you can recapture the atmosphere of more than a century ago at the 19th-century Al Jahili Fort. The tranquil and calm Al Ain Oasis is the perfect place for cooling off on Abu Dhabi holidays.
For action, experience the adrenaline rush of hurtling down the six-person water slide, Tornado, at Yas Waterworld. To experience G-forces try the Formula Rossa roller coaster located at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Go dune bashing and camel trekking in the desert. If golfing is your thing you can hone your skills at the world-famous Yas Links course.
The finest beach in Abu Dhabi can be found on Saadiyat Island boasting pure white sand and crystal clear waters. There are plenty of water sports on offer at the Corniche private hotel beaches – non-hotel guests can purchase a day pass. On your holidays to Abu Dhabi for some seclusion take a boat trip to one of the city’s remote islands.