Modern city life meets traditional culture.Abu Dhabi is certainly succeeding in pushing boundaries with impressive architecture and spectacular landmarks,
Abu Dhabi offers a fascinating mixture of modern city life and traditional culture. Located just off the mainland on an island in the Arabian Gulf, the Emirati capital will enrich the senses with the smells of shisha cafés, the sounds of haggling in the souks, and the contrasting sights of skyscrapers next to classical mosques. Abu Dhabi is certainly succeeding in pushing boundaries with impressive architecture and spectacular landmarks, and once you visit this fascinating city, you’ll want to return again and again.
See the sights
With so much to see and do in Abu Dhabi, you’ll need at least a few days to cover the main attractions. Featured on the must-see list are iconic landmarks such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Abu Dhabi Louvre, the UAE Pavilion and the Emirates Palace. Meanwhile, traditional examples of architecture range from the Zayed Centre, Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, Al Maqta Fort and Watchtower, as well as the first building to be established in Abu Dhabi - Qasr Al Hosn fort. There’s a whole host of interesting museums and art galleries on offer too.
Just a short trip from the city is the Mangrove National Park on the northeast coast. This tranquil area is brimming with wildlife, such as turtles, shrimps, migrating birds and several fish species.
Beaches and activities
The city is lucky enough to have water on all sides, and 5 star Abu Dhabi hotels make the best of every beach. Corniche Beach provides wonderful vistas across the sea and is the ideal place for an evening stroll along the promenade. Other popular areas include the pristine sands of Saadiyat Beach with its nearby nature sanctuary, and the lively Yas Beach, where you can enjoy a cold beer while relaxing in a cabana.
There’s plenty for thrill-seekers too. To get your adrenaline-fix, you can drive around the Formula One circuit or ride on the fastest rollercoaster in the world at Ferrari World. Abu Dhabi offers a wide range of water activities, from kayaking and sailing to sunset cruises. Alternatively, explore the desert with a camel ride across the dunes or go on an evening safari followed by a campfire dinner under the starlit skies.
A shopper’s delight
All Abu Dhabi luxury holidays should include a spot retail therapy, and the city certainly has a lot to offer shoppers. Haggle with traders in the traditional souks, where you can browse everything from hand-woven carpets, silks, jewellery, copper pots and pans. Alternatively, head to one of the many modern malls, where boutique stores house the latest fashion and accessories.
On Yas Island, the market is the perfect place to see local crafts, while the World Trade Centre Souk is on the site of the original Abu Dhabi souk and is well worth a visit. For a truly unique sight, take a trip to Madinet Zayed Shopping and Gold Centre, where all of Abu Dhabi’s glittering gold shops are housed under the same roof.
Azure luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi offer only the very best in stylish and sumptuous accommodation. To find out more about our high quality holidays, don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or live chat.
where to stay
We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and VillasFrom...From the impressive Arabian Desert to the astounding Saadiyat coastline, you’ll be spellbound by the fantastic scenery surrounding Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. Enjoy world-class service, comfortable and elegant accommodation and miles of glorious beach at this blissful, Saadiyat Island retreat.
Emirates Palace HotelFrom...
With its majestic façade, 1.3 kilometres of white sands and its own private marina, you’ll feel like royalty while staying at the Emirates Palace Hotel. Enjoy spectacular views, unrivalled hospitality and exquisite cuisine at this outstanding Abu Dhabi resort.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & SpaFrom...
Located on Abu Dhabi’s waterfront, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa is part of a marina, retail and residential development that brings together the very best of the Emirati capital. Traditional Arabian architecture, lush scenery, luxury accommodation and fine food make this resort an urban sanctuary to really relish.
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert ResortFrom...
You’ll be amazed by the rolling dunes and rugged desert landscape surrounding you at the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. Situated in Rub’Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert on earth, a stay at this fantastic resort is an experience you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Anantara Desert Islands Resort & SpaFrom...
Combining stunning turquoise ocean with awe-inspiring desert landscapes, the Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa is located on the northern coast of the Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Exceptional luxury coupled with world-class service and a choice of fantastic activities will guarantee a holiday you’ll never forget.
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