Abu Dhabi Holidays
Spice defines Abu Dhabi holidays: Spicy temperatures, Middle Eastern food, haggling in the souks, and flavoured shisha smoke create a spicy, otherworldly stew of delights for the visitor. Miles of beaches, hot temperatures year-round and cloud-busting skyscrapers just begin the list of attractions in this high-profile United Arab Emirates destination. Traditional crafts, evolving exhibits, artificial islands and desert adventures preserve the magical quality of "1001 Arabian Nights" from Scheherazade's collection of Persian, Arabic, Indian and Mesopotamian tales of flying carpets, genies, souks and desert bandits. The magic includes tales of extraterrestrials because "Star Wars" has begun shooting the long-anticipated Episode VII of the science fiction series in the UAE.
Visitors find luxury, Oman hospitality and fascinating history in this world-renowned travel destination. Oil wealth and government support of tourism ensure that the former lazy village has one-of-a-kind amenities, Abu Dhabi hotels for all tastes and budgets and Persian Gulf attractions that eclipse other beach vacations. Visitors can enjoy tranquil fishing villages, crumbling desert fortresses, dune adventures among Bedouin tribes and ancient historical, religious and cultural sites while staying at indulgent three- four- and five-star hotels and resorts.
Best Time to Visit
The United Arab Emirates enjoys a hot climate and little rain, so holidays work well no matter when you travel. The busy season is from November to April when temperatures are coolest, and these dates are perfect for outdoor adventures, beach activities and water-based sports. Temperatures vary from 15-degrees to 35-degrees Celsius. During the summer months, the heat can rise to 40-degrees or higher, but visitors can find bargains on hotels, enjoy indoor decadence at all-inclusive resorts or take cruises on one of the many luxury vessels in the Persian Gulf. The Islamic month of Ramadan varies each year, so check the dates before travelling because many restaurants close during the day when public drinking and eating are forbidden.
Landmarks and Attractions
Abnu Dhabi has some the most iconic landmarks, intriguing historical sites and exciting leisure activities of any tourist destination in the world. Skilfully blending old and new, the Emirates' capital city features the world's largest theme park, nearby desert dunes that tower 100 metres in height, wildlife sanctuaries and championship gold courses. Major landmarks include:
1. Emirates Palace
The Emirates Palace, a five-star resort with suites furnished in gold and marble, offers an enviable conference centre, private beach, acres of gardens and 114 domes that recall Arabic architectural splendour. Emirati royalty and dignitaries stay on the top floor in the six Rulers' Suites. In 2010, the property featured the world's largest Christmas tree, valued at £6,535,100.
2. Oasis City of Al Ain
Nearby Al Ain features a national museum, palm plantations and shady walkways where visitors can escape the heat and bustle of the city. Encompassing more than 1,200 hectares, the oasis uses a 3,000-year-old falaj irrigation system to water more than 147,000 date palms.
3. Yas Island
The island has complimentary shuttle service to Yas Beach, Gateway Park, the mangroves and other attractions. Enjoy boating at the marina, clubhouse golf and relaxation and seaplane excursions.
4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Visit the city's most revered destination, and view the 82 domes that serve as stunning examples of classic Arabic, Moorish and Mughal architecture. Features of the mosque include the world's largest chandelier and hand-knotted carpet and vast interior capacity to accommodate 40,000 people under 24-carat gilded chandeliers.
5. Saadiyat Island
Purpose-built as a tourist and cultural hub, the island offers a 15,400 sqm visitor centre, and future attractions include the Louvre, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim, which should open in between 2015 and 2017.
6. Deserts anmd Drama
Desert camps, oases and safaris provide stimulating family adventures, unique recreational activities like sandboarding and dune bashing and camel or four-wheel dune-exploring.
7. Al Forsan International Sports Resort
This comprehensive sports centre offers water sports, equestrian facilities, fitness and leisure activities, shooting practice and extreme paintball for adrenaline addicts.
Unique Attractions of the Arabic Culture
Holidays to Abu Dhabi offer an astonishing range of attractions, towering architecture, tax-free shopping and stimulating outdoor adventures. Embrace the Arabic culture, try home-grown coffee, outfit the family for a camel safari or relax at one of the surprising number of golf courses. From golden beaches to the fantasy islands that engineers are building off the coast, this premier destination offers an awesome mix of top-drawer attractions for tourists, renowned artistic events and old-world coastal and desert excursions. You might even have a close encounter with aliens from a galaxy far, far away because J.J. Abrams has moved production of Episode VII of the Star Wars franchise to this stunning desert country.