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Abu Dhabi Holidays

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CurrencyAED: UAE Dirham LanguageArabic Flight Duration6 hours 50 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +4 hours

Despite being the largest of the 7 Emirates that make up the UAE, Abu Dhabi is often overshadowed by the glitz of Dubai. Yet sunny Abu Dhabi is still well worthy of a city meets beach break. With incredible mosques, manmade islands, gleaming modern structures and perfect beaches, Abu Dhabi’s history, architecture and attractions deserve the attention of anyone in search of a Middle Eastern escape.

Great Places to Visit

From the wonder of its incredible landmarks, including Yas Island and the Zayed Museum, to the famous camel market and falcon hospital, Abu Dhabi is a city of contrasts.

Take up a Sport

Abu Dhabi isn’t just home to an F1 race of epic proportions. There’s a full programme of sporting opportunities for you to have a go at, including amazing golf courses where you can practise your swing, watersports including sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and free diving, and equestrian clubs which offer horse riding and treks.

Stroll Along the Corniche

The Corniche is 8km of manicured waterfront walkway – dotted with fountains, parks and public beaches - that offers beautiful views of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape. Why not hire a bike and hit the cycle path? There are plenty of cafes along the pathway too, so you can stop for a refreshing drink.

Explore Yas Island

Home to a Ferrari-themed amusement park (including racing simulations, a kids F1 track, coasters and a freefall ride), Yas Waterworld, a chic marina and the Yas Island Circuit which hosts the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Island is full of super attractions for all (especially F1 fans)! There are also 5 restaurants on the island.

Absorb the Unique Abu Dhabi Culture

From a tour of the beautifully intricate Sheikh Zayed Mosque (the largest of its kind in the UAE), to the Heritage Village where you can see replica buildings, traditional wooden boats and pretty handicrafts, Abu Dhabi has enough cultural highlights to keep you busy for days. Also worth a view is the Qasr Al-Hosn fortress.

Getting Around

Abu Dhabi is easy to get around. Taxis are a popular, and comfortable, method, which is also cheap compared to the UK. Most taxis are metered, with pink ones driven by women available for women and children under 10. There is also a decent air-conditioned bus network. Car hire is possible from the airport and city centre, and walking is free (but seek regular shade as the sun here gets blazingly hot!).

By Bus

The bus network is good in Abu Dhabi. The main station can be found on Hazaa Bin Zayed Road, and from here, you can travel around the city, to Dubai, and beyond. Ladies sit in the front, men at the back.

By Car

To hire a car, an international driving license is recommended, which can be attained from the AA or RAC. Petrol is cheap and roads are excellent. Use a GPS system, and drive on the right hand side.

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Passports and Visas

As a British citizen, you can get a 30-day visa when you arrive at the airport. Six months left on your passport is also the minimum requirement. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance in place before you holiday in Abu Dhabi. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/health

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