Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being the capital city, Abu Dhabi is also one of the 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Many have called Abu Dhabi the “richest city in the world” due to its extensive oil reserves, though Abu Dhabi has marked its territory as a top tourist destination. With its World-class infrastructures and fascinating attractions, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is a city of rich heritage where you can experience and enjoy a variety of museums, mosques, islands, deserts, entertainment, and shopping. The Corniche, Yas and Saadiyat Islands are just a few top tourist destinations.
Abu Dhabi is renowned for showcasing the sublime. Picture white domed mosques and sweeping romantic deserts; it is the essence of Arabia, from camel racing at dawn to burning-red sand dunes at sunset. But alongside this storybook slice of the Gulf, the UAE capital has a more indulgent, contemporary side that is anything but subtle. With some of the world’s most exciting new adventures, Abu Dhabi is a destination among the most extravagant and unique in the world.
Landmarks surrounding Abu Dhabi include the new destinations of Saadiyat and Yas Islands. Saadiyat will be home to the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions, such as the Zayed National Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a performing arts center and maritime museum. At Yas Island discover the Yas Marina Circuit: the world-class F1 motor cross race track. It also features attractions like Yas Marina and Abu Dhabi Golf Course, Warner Bros. Movie World, Ferrari World and a water park.
East of the city of Abu Dhabi, explore the ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain, near the Oman border. Resting under the shadows of Jabel Hafeet, the Emirate’s tallest peak, this tranquil oasis brings to life Abu Dhabi’s depth and culture. In the Western Region - Al Gharbia - enjoy untouched beaches and some of the best desert landscapes in the world.
Abu Dhabi fronts the amazing turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf; you’ll find all the conveniences of the 21st century blended with the heritage of the Emirates. Enjoy year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and a lively cosmopolitan lifestyle. These, combined with distinctive Arabian hospitality, mystique and world-class infrastructures make Abu Dhabi an enchanting destination for experienced and novice travelers.
Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort Overview
Special American Express/Travel&Leisure 5-night Abu Dhabi Itinerary
October through April is the coolest time of the year. The rest of the year can be very hot. May to September are very hot months with July and August having rather high humidity. During the hot season it is normal for hotel rates to drop substantially.
Getting to Abu Dhabi is easier than it ever has been. From North America there are nonstop flights to Abu Dhabi from New York and Chicago on Etihad Air. Etihad Air, the national carrier of the UAE, has flights to a number of other European, Middle East, Asia, Australian and African destinations. A number of European and Asia airlines also fly to Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi is also only an hour to hour and a half drive from Dubai. Dubai has many flights from all over the World arriving every day.
The combination of flights coming into Abu Dhabi with the easy drive from Dubai makes Abu Dhabi very accessible from just about anywhere!
- Abu Dhabi City Tour
- Desert Safari
- Ferrari World Theme Park
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque
- Yas Island and Yas Marina Circuit
- ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain Tour
- Private Desert Dining on a Sand Dune
- Cruise along the Gulf coast
- Game Drive in the Wild Life Park
- Abu Dhabi Historical Tours
- Shopping at one of the many shopping malls
- Sandboarding and Dune Bashing
- Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
- Enjoying the beaches
- Spending a night in the Desert
- Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates
- Population is over 1,000,000 people
- Emirati Dirham (AED) is the currency
- Arabic is the official language though English is widely spoken
- Abu Dhabi receives approximately 5 days of rain a year
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE and is a special site to visit
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