There’s no doubting that the UAE thrusts its modernity in your face, but hidden amongst the sheen you’ll find shimmering turquoise waters, endless desert explorations, a fascinating history and all the charms of Old Arabia.

"Ideal for anyone who likes to mix their glitz and glamour with some serious R&R and a sprinkling of desert adventure."

'Garden City of the Gulf', Abu Dhabi is fabulous, sophisticated and blinged-up to the eyeballs; a land of unimaginable oil-related wealth with a distinctly-cosmopolitan feel. Intricate mosques and candy cane minarets pepper the city’s skyline, with sweeping romantic deserts and miles of jaw-dropping beaches that in many respects outclass those of Dubai hands down.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

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  • Time Difference

    GMT +4

  • Best Time to Visit

    Sep-Apr

  • Currency

    UAE Dirham

Abu Dhabi

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Choose from the cream of the Abu Dhabi's finest hotels and resorts

  • The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Saadiyat Island

    Already the choice of those in the know, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is a real show-stopper and an ideal pick for anyone who likes to mix their glitz and glamour with some serious R&R.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas Saadiyat Island

    An island paradise just moments from the dazzling city lights of Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt is a private sanctuary unlike any other, with five-and-a-half miles of environmentally-protected beach all to itself.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Al Maqta Creek

    Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, gurgling fountains and Venetian-inspired buildings, this luxury beach resort experience is just minutes away from the city centre.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Anantara Qasar Al Sarab Desert Resort Empty Quarter

    Embracing the epic adventures of the Liwa Desert (its vistas are so cinemascopic they were used in the latest Star Wars movie), Qasr Al Sarab is a sun-soaked desert oasis with a host of outdoor pursuits.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island

    An island retreat with royal credentials, thrilling geology, African-style game drives and activities more akin to those of a European resort, this is one of the most unique holiday experiences imaginable.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Emirates Palace Downtown

    Less an hotel, this is more a city of delights in its own right; a city where the architects apparently had carte blanche to create a show-stopper of a resort with nothing left unthought-of.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • The Abu Dhabi EDITION Downtown

    Downtown, on the waterfront of Al Bateen in the Abu Dhabi Marina, the latest Edition showcases a refreshing mix of the finest services, amenities, dining and nightlife to full effect, all topped-off with a personal, intimate, individualised experience.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Zaya Nurai Island Nurai Island

    Sun? Check. Sand? Check. Pristine, crystal-clear waters? Check. Less than 15 minutes off Saadiyat Island’s coastline, Zaya Nurai is a little slice of Maldivian magic in Abu Dhabi.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. The Only Way is Up

    The Only Way is Up

    Head to Yas Island and you and the family are in for a world of treats: from Ferrari World, with the world’s fastest rollercoaster and Waterworld - the UAE’s biggest and most fun-filled waterpark to a host of festivals and concerts.

  2. Discover the Dunes

    Discover the Dunes

    Take to the desert and unleash your inner adrenalin-junkie by sand-boarding down spectacular dunes, exploring the wilderness on a 4WD safari or floating serenely above the sands on a romantic hot-air balloon flight.

  3. Grand Designs

    Grand Designs

    If you’re in Abu Dhabi on a Friday, join a tour of the amazingly-ornate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Built on an enormous scale and filled with gold and Swarovski-crystal chandeliers, Persian carpets and endless marble, it’s quite simply spectacular.