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


  • Time Difference

    GMT +4

  • Best Time to Visit


  • Currency

    UAE Dirham

Abu Dhabi


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

  • Anantara Qasar Al Sarab Desert Resort Empty Quarter

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    Stay 2 nights or more and receive a room rate reduction of up to 30% and a discount on spa treatments of up to 15%. Valid to 28 Mar & 5 Apr-31 Oct 24. Book by 4 Mar 24. Minimum stays, certain room categories and terms and conditions apply.

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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.