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 is only an hour to hour drive from Dubai. Combining both Abu Dhabi and Dubai into the same itinerary is very easy and a common thing to do.
Best of the Best
Emirates Palace – City
Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara – Desert of Abu Dhabi
Desert Islands by Anantara – On an island off the coast of Abu Dhabi
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – City
Rocco Forte Abu Dhabi – City
Hyatt Capital Gate – City
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina
Park Hyatt Hotel Abu Dhabi – Saadiyat Island
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri – Closer to airport
Rates (Reference Purposes Only, Rates Are Approximate For Entry Level Rooms)
Best of the Best – Approximately US $1,000 – $1,900 per night
5 Star – Approximately US $350 – $800 per night
4-Star – Approximately US $200 – $450 per night
Feel the promise of a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor. The Palace boasts magnificent rooms and suites each with designed with a masterful blend of Arabian regal splendor and the latest technology. Decoration includes acres of gold leaf and the finest marble. Emirates Palace offers a wide range of dinning option, a fantastic spa, shopping, two beautiful main pool areas, and a great beach.
Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara
Located in legendary Liwa Desert in the Empty Quarter – the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara embraces the epic adventures of indigenous desert culture with renowned luxury. Unwind in the unsurpassed comfort of 206 beautifully detailed rooms, spacious suites and palatial-style villas with private pools. By fusing Bedouin culture with modern and refined luxury, each space and feature is designed to connect you with the desert, its great beauty and timeless magnificence. Guided excursions have been developed to offer you a true taste of desert adventure. Gain a personal perspective of what nomadic life might have been like amongst the Bedouin, as they journeyed by camel from oasis to oasis.
Desert Island Resort and Spa by Anantara
Set on the verdant Sir Bani Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers guests an unforgettable island escape in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf. The resort and its surrounds encourage visitors to revel in the history of a once-royal retreat amidst traces of seafaring folklore from bygone days of sultans and explorers. Once the Royal Nature Reserve of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the island’s offshore wildlife sanctuary teems with both indigenous and imported animals. Get up close to gazelles, Oryx, antelopes, cheetahs, hyenas, ostriches and giraffes in a drive through the Arabian Wildlife Park. Or, enjoy a leisurely kayak through the mangroves amongst migratory birds, the resident pink flamingos and an occasional gazelle strolling along water’s edge.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is the first Jumeirah hotel to open in the progressive, sophisticated, international city of Abu Dhabi. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ dramatic architecture and spectacular innovation add a great luxury experience to Abu Dhabi. With a beachside setting, the Etihad Towers development is made up of 5 towers: 3 residential towers, 1 office tower, and the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers allows unparalleled views from the lavish rooms and suites. The hotel features a wide selection of signature and casual dining in addition to two eclectic bars. A landscaped oasis of pools and gardens complement the private beach. Guests can also indulge in Talise Spa, and an observation deck on the 74th floor.
Rocco Forte Hotel
A vision of gleaming glass rising high above the city, Rocco Forte Hotel is built from curved glass and its wavy structure – with not a single straight line in sight – is an architectural masterpiece. Up close, the blue and green glass panels create a breathtaking mosaic effect, mirroring the colors of the Arabian Gulf. The Rocco Forte Hotel brings European sophistication to the city and is focused on offering guests the very best service. Conveniently situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the hotel is within easy reach of all the sites of the city. The restaurants and bars at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi are destinations in themselves. For instance, Blue, on the 6th floor of the hotel’s 11-story, all-glass atrium, is a cocktail bar that appears, from the outside, to be suspended mid-air.
Hyatt Capital Gate
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is located in the iconic Capital Gate building, which leans a World record-breaking 18 degrees. Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi features 189 luxury five-star guestrooms and suites occupying the18th to 33rd floors of the Capital Gate building. The hotel invites guests to experience several dining options from the variety in Profiterole to delicate Eastern Mediterranean flavors at the hotel’s signature restaurant, 18°. Rayana Spa, Abu Dhabi’s only “sky spa”, is perched on the 19th floor overlooking the city. Hyatt Capital Gate is located within walking distance of the UAE capital’s embassy and government district.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
An architectural triumph acting as a centerpiece of Yas Island, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hovers over land and water and spans the Yas Marina Circuit, a favorite racetrack for Formula 1 drivers. Underneath the hotel’s sparkling canopy, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi presents guests with a new perspective for a resort, perched between city sophistication and jet-setting island glamour, and completed by Viceroy’s distinctive service. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi provides the utmost in choice and diversity, from 499 stylishly appointed rooms and suites to a menu of signature treatments at the spacious resort spa by ESPA. Twelve dining and lounge venues showcase cuisine from all corners of the globe.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel is an exclusive sanctuary for the discerning leisure traveler, located on an extensive stretch of environmentally protected beach on Saadiyat Island. The resort is adjacent to the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, minutes from the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The hotel’s 306 spacious rooms, suites and private villas are generously sized and offer exceptional views of Saadiyat Beach, the golf club or the hotel gardens. The day spa features an extensive range of unique health and beauty treatments based on ingredients steeped in Arabia’s aromatic and opulent history, as well as an exclusive swimming-pool and relaxation area.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
This luxury hotel offers an impressive variety of services and facilities in a secluded location and exemplifies luxurious hospitality in what is truly a destination within a destination. Located on a stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes’ drive from the city’s international airport and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city center. Each of the 214 luxurious rooms and suites provides ideal views of the Grand Mosque. The 21 acre hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services; the signature CHI, The Spa and a dedicated well-being zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room.