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Abu Dhabi Holidays

Abu Dhabi is the stylish capital city of the United Arab Emirates home to a stunning skyline of towering skyscrapers, top-class museums, five-star resorts, mega malls, and a pristine coastline. In Abu Dhabi you can admire diverse landscapes such as deserts, gardens, and nature reserves, as well as impressive sightseeing attractions. We offer an extensive choice of holidays to Abu Dhabi from the UK.

Despite Abu Dhabi’s striking modernity, the city has a rich heritage which it retains well with centuries old sites and buildings. Abu Dhabi is also a leisure-seeker’s paradise, filled with unforgettable tourist experiences. There are some great day trip opportunities from Abu Dhabi, including the Empty Quarter where you can experience dune bashing and camel trekking, plus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi it’s only around a 1.5hr drive, so you could explore another world-class UAE city.

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Park Rotana

Al Salam St., Eastern Ring Road,, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £859 per person View Offer

Beach Rotana

10th St - Al Zahiyah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Bed and Breakfast 3 Nights
From £879 per person View Offer

Abu Dhabi F1 – South Grandstand

Abu Dhabi

Bed and Breakfast 4 Nights
From £3009 per person View Offer

Abu Dhabi F1 - Main Grandstand Plus

Abu Dhabi

Bed and Breakfast 4 Nights
From £3499 per person View Offer

Local Information & Travel Tips

Cultural Etiquette

Dress Code - While Abu Dhabi is more liberal compared to other parts of the UAE, it’s advisable to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.

Behaviour - Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Be mindful of local customs and traditions.

Alcohol Laws - Alcohol is only available in licensed venues such as hotels and restaurants. Drinking in public places is prohibited.

Photography - Always ask permission before taking photos of people, especially women. Avoid photographing government buildings and military sites.


Taxis are readily available in Abu Dhabi and relatively inexpensive. Uber and local apps like Careem are also popular. The city has an efficient bus network; you can check schedules and routes on the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport website. Renting a car is a good option for exploring beyond the city. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.


Abu Dhabi has numerous shopping malls like Marina Mall, Yas Mall, and The Galleria for luxury shopping and entertainment. For a more traditional shopping experience, visit the various souks such as the Carpet Souk and Gold Souk.

Things to Do and See in Abu Dhabi

Top Abu Dhabi Attractions

Emirates Palace

The luxurious Emirates Palace hotel is also a cultural landmark, featuring an opulent design with lush gardens and the opportunity to experience high tea in an extravagant setting.

Mangrove National Park

The Mangrove National Park is a protected area showcasing Abu Dhabi’s natural heritage, with kayaking tours, bird watching, and mangrove forest exploration opportunities.

Yas Island

This is Abu Dhabi’s top entertainment hub featuring world-class attractions such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world's first Ferrari-branded theme park, plus Yas Waterworld, home to thrilling rides and slides, the Yas Marina Circuit – home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Mall – the largest mall in Abu Dhabi, and Warner Bros. World – a gigantic indoor theme park.

Saadiyat Island

The cultural district of Saadiyat Island is home to pristine beaches, luxury resorts, and iconic cultural landmarks including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques, boasting impressive architecture that stands out with pristine white marble and intricate designs.

Etihad Towers

Comprising five impressive towers along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, Etihad Towers offers a luxury place to dine, shop, and stay, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and home to Observation Deck at 300 which offers panoramic city views.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

This scenic waterfront promenade stretches along the city's coast, boasting beautiful beaches, parks, and cycling paths. It's the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or bike ride.

Al Ain

Known as the Garden City, Al Ain is located around 160km from Abu Dhabi, offering a perfect day trip opportunity away from the bustle with the lush palm groves of the Al Ain Oasis – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus the towering Jebel Hafeet peak.

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village is a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village, offering a glimpse into the pre-modern UAE with exhibits on Bedouin life, traditional crafts, and a small museum.

Abu Dhabi Weather

Abu Dhabi experiences a desert climate with high temperatures, sunny skies, and very little rainfall throughout the year.

Winter (November to March)

This is the most pleasant time of the year, with cooler temperatures making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Daytime highs range from 24°C to 30°C. Rare but occasional light showers may occur.

Spring (April to May)

Warming up quickly, this period sees more hot days, but evenings are still relatively cool.

Daytime highs range from 30°C to 38°C.

Summer (June to September)

Summer in Abu Dhabi is extremely hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding comfort levels for outdoor activities. The city’s air conditioning is crucial during this period. There is virtually no rainfall during the summer months.

Autumn (October)
In autumn, Abu Dhabi gradually cools down from the intense summer heat, making it more comfortable to venture outdoors. Daytime highs range from 34°C to 38°C.

General Tips for Dealing with Abu Dhabi Weather
Always carry water with you to stay hydrated, especially during the hot months.
Use sunscreen, wear hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong sun.
Lightweight, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing is best. In cooler months, a light jacket or sweater might be needed in the evenings.
Plan outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon/evening during summer to avoid the peak heat of the day.
Take advantage of air conditioning: public places, malls, and transportation are well-air-conditioned, providing relief from the heat.

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