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Abu Dhabi is the richest and largest of the seven emirates that together make up the United Arab Emirates, with awe-inspiring culture, powder-white beaches, natural delights and world-class hotels and restaurants that make it the perfect destination for everyone, from honeymooners to families. 

Within Abu Dhabi is the nation's green capital, Abu Dhabi City, where industry and financial services form the basis of this globally important business hub. It's not all work, work, work however, as the city and its surrounds are fast becoming a world-class leisure destination, set to rival Dubai's long-established Jumeirah Beach as the region's go-to holiday hotspot. Nowhere is this more apparent than Saadiyat, a sandy island located just 500 metres off the Abu Dhabi coast. As well as boasting some of the region's best beachfront hotels, Saadiyat also features the Gulf's first tidal and ocean golf courses, a world-class shopping and commercial hub and several kilometres of pristine white sand beach.

Alongside the gleaming skyscrapers and five-star resorts, visitors to Abu Dhabi will find a rich culture and history, firmly rooted in the heritage and traditions of Islam, which is evident in the spectacular palaces, mosques and forts found throughout the emirate, as well as the colourful, traditional souks, which sell everything from spices and textiles to handicrafts and carpets. Most spectacular is undoubtedly the world's third-largest mosque Sheikh Zayed, all white domes, crystal chandeliers and a sprawling, hand-woven Persian carpet that stretches out to cover a space for more than 40,000 worshippers. Then there's names such as The Louvre and the soon-to-be-opened Guggenheim on Saadiyat Island, while historians will revel in the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Bida Bint Saud – home to a collection of 5,000-year-old stone tombs.

Beyond the capital lie vast salt flats and gravel plains, which merge into the enigmatic desert landscape of the Empty Quarter. This spectacular sea of sand dunes covers much of the Arabian Peninsula and can be explored on a four-wheel-drive desert tour or camel trek. Towards the Oman border lie the oasis towns of Al-Ain and Liwa Oasis, welcome stop-offs from the desolation of the desert. But venture into the desert itself and you'll find the undulating dunes perfect for evocative camel rides and adventurous days spent sandboarding and quad biking. Nature’s delights continue on Sir Bani Yas Island, where gazelle, giraffe, oryx and even cheetah roam among the 4000-hectares of pristine wilderness, and in coastal forests the dense mangroves provide a stunning backdrop for kayak paddles and wildlife spotting. All of this is made even easier with the 'Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass', which is included within your boarding pass when travelling with Etihad. It unlocks great savings on over 50 attractions, restaurants, spas and theme parks.


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Top itineraries in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi & Dubai: Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,110 pp incl. flights

Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai either side of the region's most luxurious desert resort.

Park Hyatt, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Desert & Beach Break

8-day tailor-made break from £2,505 pp incl. flights

Combine Abu Dhabi’s spectacular beaches and awe-inspiring desert on this twin-centre trip. You'll stay in two five-star hotels as you indulge in Abu Dhabi's renowned fine dining and a wealth of activities, enjoying the region's famous hospitality throughout.

Top places to stay in Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Contemporary resort

With its very own souk and small fleet of traditional Arabic boats that transport guests throughout the hotel, this enchanting Abu Dhabi resort oozes both style and luxury. It's all complemented by a private beach, a superb spa and a range of world-class restaurants.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Contemporary resort

The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, a luxurious hotel combining classic Mediterranean architecture and contemporary design, is a superb beachfront from the iconic St Regis brand, located on stunning Saadiyat Island, just 500 metres off the Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara Abu Dhabi

Contemporary resort

The luxurious Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara on Sir Bani Yas Island is a pristine desert island resort that's just moments from natural beaches and wildlife in the nearby Arabian Wildlife Park.

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Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

Contemporary hotel

The Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental is a national landmark and as one of the most impressive hotels ever built. Located on a 1.3 km stretch of private white sand beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel offers the ultimate in luxury and Arabian hospitality.

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Where to go in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi City, UAE

Abu Dhabi City

Abu Dhabi City is the United Arab Emirates' capital - a gleaming and modern, yet distinctly Arab city, situated on a T-shaped island in the Persian Gulf.

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Skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Desert Dreaming in Abu Dhabi

Awe-inspiring culture, miles of sugar-white beaches, unexpected natural wonders and world-class luxury – Abu Dhabi has come of age, and it wants everyone to know. Discover why its glittering skyline, marble-domed mosque and indulgent islands make it a destination for all.

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