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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and its largest Emirate by far. This is where the vast sands of Rub Al Khali meet Arabian Gulf beaches, and glittering skyscrapers contrast with the oldest settlement on Earth. A holiday to Abu Dhabi gives your awesome theme parks, incredible museums, desert activities and ancient traditions. It’s also laidback and more than a little cool, and is home to any world-famous restaurant or luxury resort you care to name.  

You could easily spend your entire holiday exploring Abu Dhabi city. It might be just over 50 years old, but it more than makes up for a lack of historic districts with its instantly recognisable skyline. This metropolis boasts astonishing architecture, acres of glossy shopping malls and colourful souks, as well as some of Abu Dhabi’s loveliest beaches. And there’s a whole island dedicated solely to theme parks and entertainment.

When you want heritage, head up into the hills and explore unimaginably ancient Al Ain in the Hajar Mountains. Then travel west to Al Gharbia and walk the dunes of Rub Al Khali – the largest unbroken sand landscape on the planet. Cool down with a visit to romantic Liwa Oasis, or go full nomad and have dinner under the desert sky at a traditional Bedouin camp.

You can enjoy an Abu Dhabi getaway anytime. Blue sky and sunshine are constants here, and you can swim in the Arabian Gulf throughout the year. It’s a great choice for family holidays, too, as flights from the UK take less than seven hours – considerably easier on kids than long-haul travel. Or, if you’re a committed adventurer, warm and sunny weather between November and April means this is the perfect time for an activity holiday in Dubai.

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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Visit Abu Dhabi with nothing but beaches and sunshine on your mind, and you won’t be disappointed. But you might struggle to find time to laze on the sand in such a cultured and interesting place.

For a spot of culture, visit Louvre Abu Dhabi and spend some time in the imposing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – it’s one of the largest in the world. Looking for adrenaline thrills? Head to Yas Island to hit the rollercoasters of Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, splash about at Yas Waterworld, and zoom around Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Or go on a wildlife safari on Sir Bani Yas Island – one of the UAE’s great sustainable success stories.

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For the best urban overview, climb aboard Marina Eye and soar over the Corniche. Or see Abu Dhabi from another angle on a cruise from Emirates Palace Marina – the iconic skyline looks even more astonishing from the ocean.

 

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Days out in Abu Dhabi

Urban Abu Dhabi is glossy, new and endlessly entertaining. But if you want to discover the Emirate’s ancient heritage, head out of the city and into the desert. Even driving there’s an experience in itself, when it includes snaking up the mountain road in a 4x4. You could take a tour of the 5,000-year-old Jebel Hafeet Tombs or explore Al Ain. It’s the oldest, continuously inhabited settlement on Earth and the UAE’s only World Heritage site – and it’s just two hours’ drive from Downtown Abu Dhabi.

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For another unique ‘only in Abu Dhabi’ experience, go west to Al Gharbia, where enormous Rub Al Khali meets the Arabian Gulf, and sensational desert views are paired with pristine beaches. While you’re here, make time for the Liwa Oasis and its magnificent plantation. If you have a few more hours to spare, Al Gharbia’s also great for dune walking and camel trekking. 

 

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Beaches in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s less than a seven-hour flight from the UK, which is just one of the reasons why it’s perfect for year-round holidays. To find the other reasons, you only need to look at the Emirate’s Arabian Gulf beaches. Naturally, just about every luxury resort comes with its own stretch of flawless, manicured sand, although beaches like Blue Flag Al Bateen to the west of the city are so peaceful and pretty they could easily pass for private sands.

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One must-visit beach in Abu Dhabi is the enormous Corniche Beach. Just minutes from Downtown Abu Dhabi, this place is loved for its boardwalks, waterfront restaurants and the Marina Eye Ferris Wheel. Or you could choose Yas Beach for glamorous cabanas, where cool drinks are delivered to your sun lounger. Alternatively, there’s eco-friendly Saadiyat – the iconic island beach that’s almost as famous for nesting Hawksbill Turtles as its soft sands and clear seas.   

 

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Best time to visit Abu Dhabi

Since Abu Dhabi’s surrounded by desert, you can expect blue skies and sunshine year-round. It hardly ever rains here, temperatures are always toasty, and the Arabian Gulf is warm and swimmable throughout the year.

Abu Dhabi is at its hottest from May to October, when daytime temperatures can rise to 42°C. The nights aren’t much cooler, and even acclimatised locals tend to spend a lot of time inside, close to the air-conditioning.

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Between November and April, the heat is less intense – so winter and spring are by far the best seasons for a holiday to Abu Dhabi. The weather’s perfect for the beach with average temperatures of 30°C and plenty of sun – but it’s still cool enough for desert adventures and island-hopping.

Before you book, just remember to check when Ramadan falls, as opening times for restaurants and attractions may be different during this holy month.

 

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Things to do

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Visit Abu Dhabi with nothing but beaches and sunshine on your mind, and you won’t be disappointed. But you might struggle to find time to laze on the sand in such a cultured and interesting place.

For a spot of culture, visit Louvre Abu Dhabi and spend some time in the imposing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – it’s one of the largest in the world. Looking for adrenaline thrills? Head to Yas Island to hit the rollercoasters of Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, splash about at Yas Waterworld, and zoom around Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Or go on a wildlife safari on Sir Bani Yas Island – one of the UAE’s great sustainable success stories.

Show More
Show Less

For the best urban overview, climb aboard Marina Eye and soar over the Corniche. Or see Abu Dhabi from another angle on a cruise from Emirates Palace Marina – the iconic skyline looks even more astonishing from the ocean.

 

Show More
Show Less

Days out

Days out in Abu Dhabi

Urban Abu Dhabi is glossy, new and endlessly entertaining. But if you want to discover the Emirate’s ancient heritage, head out of the city and into the desert. Even driving there’s an experience in itself, when it includes snaking up the mountain road in a 4x4. You could take a tour of the 5,000-year-old Jebel Hafeet Tombs or explore Al Ain. It’s the oldest, continuously inhabited settlement on Earth and the UAE’s only World Heritage site – and it’s just two hours’ drive from Downtown Abu Dhabi.

Show More
Show Less

For another unique ‘only in Abu Dhabi’ experience, go west to Al Gharbia, where enormous Rub Al Khali meets the Arabian Gulf, and sensational desert views are paired with pristine beaches. While you’re here, make time for the Liwa Oasis and its magnificent plantation. If you have a few more hours to spare, Al Gharbia’s also great for dune walking and camel trekking. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Beaches in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s less than a seven-hour flight from the UK, which is just one of the reasons why it’s perfect for year-round holidays. To find the other reasons, you only need to look at the Emirate’s Arabian Gulf beaches. Naturally, just about every luxury resort comes with its own stretch of flawless, manicured sand, although beaches like Blue Flag Al Bateen to the west of the city are so peaceful and pretty they could easily pass for private sands.

Show More
Show Less

One must-visit beach in Abu Dhabi is the enormous Corniche Beach. Just minutes from Downtown Abu Dhabi, this place is loved for its boardwalks, waterfront restaurants and the Marina Eye Ferris Wheel. Or you could choose Yas Beach for glamorous cabanas, where cool drinks are delivered to your sun lounger. Alternatively, there’s eco-friendly Saadiyat – the iconic island beach that’s almost as famous for nesting Hawksbill Turtles as its soft sands and clear seas.   

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Abu Dhabi

Since Abu Dhabi’s surrounded by desert, you can expect blue skies and sunshine year-round. It hardly ever rains here, temperatures are always toasty, and the Arabian Gulf is warm and swimmable throughout the year.

Abu Dhabi is at its hottest from May to October, when daytime temperatures can rise to 42°C. The nights aren’t much cooler, and even acclimatised locals tend to spend a lot of time inside, close to the air-conditioning.

Show More
Show Less

Between November and April, the heat is less intense – so winter and spring are by far the best seasons for a holiday to Abu Dhabi. The weather’s perfect for the beach with average temperatures of 30°C and plenty of sun – but it’s still cool enough for desert adventures and island-hopping.

Before you book, just remember to check when Ramadan falls, as opening times for restaurants and attractions may be different during this holy month.

 

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