Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a must see destination for holidays thanks to its impressive range of luxury hotels and world class attractions. Abu Dhabi actually means “Land of the Gazelle” in Arabic and was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm (‘barasti’) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. Today this simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.

There are many popular areas of the Emirate, including Yas Island, Sir Bani Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, The Corniche and the city centre.

Guests can enjoy seeing the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island – home to the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix and have a coffee at the iconic Yas Viceroy – the world’s only hotel to straddle an F1 race track. Another popular attraction is Ferrari World – home to the world’s fastest roller coaster or the Yas Waterworld has a range of fun and exciting water slides.

Shopping has become a popular pastime thanks to it’s diversity of products available and it is tax free – tourists can discover everything from luxurious and modern malls with all the latest designer brands to the small souk-like shops which offer traditional perfumes and handicrafts.

Ten minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi is the stunning island of Saadiyat which is undergoing a transformation to become a world class leisure destination with the finest hotels as well as housing the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural assets including the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

A must-see destination for nature enthusiasts or those looking for the ultimate escape is Sir Bani Yas Island – an island teeming with wildlife and adventure activities with a selection of five-star rooms and villas.

Please be reminded that the majority of local people in Abu Dhabi are Muslim and Ramadan is the month of fasting when Muslims abstain from all food, drinks and smoking from dawn to dusk. As a sign of respect, visitors are also requested to refrain from consuming these items in public places during the daylight hours of this month

DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

All hotels boast top class dining venues with first class cuisine from Asian to local to International cuisine. Hotels also have a wide selection of bars and clubs. Alcohol is only served in establishments that have licences such as hotel restaurants and bars.

Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort

Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort

Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi

Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort is an exclusive villa resort located on the exclusive Sir Bani Yas Island.The resort is set amid the distinctive beauty of the desert and is an elega...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: Sir Bani Yas Island
Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort

Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort

Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi

Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort is an exclusive villa resort located on the exclusive Sir Bani Yas Island.The resort is set in a prime beachfront location yet the distinctive beaut...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: Sir Bani Yas Island
Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi

Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is a luxury resort located in the legendary Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. Guests can enjoy relaxing by th...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: 2 hours drive from International Airport

Getting There

Getting to Abu Dhabi has never been easier with direct daily flights from London with Etihad and British Airways. Etihad also flies from major UK cities such as Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Alternatively clients can fly to Dubai and Abu Dhabi is approximately an hour – hour and a half drive away.

Country: United Arab Emirates
Flying time: 7 hours
Language: Arabic but English is widely spoken
Area size: 375 square miles
Time Difference from UK: +3 hours summer/+4 hours winter
Currency: UAE Dirham
Voltage: 220/240 volts
Driving: Right hand side of the road
Airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity
Drink the water: Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is cheap and plentiful
Beaches: Abu Dhabi has some of the best beaches and an abundance of Beach Clubs
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Abu Dhabi. Summers get extremely hot – pack sun cream year round. Respect the conservative code of behavior – cover up in public places and keep public displays of affection to a minimum; holding hands is acceptable, hugging and kissing is not.

Abu Dhabi is a destination with almost year round sunshine, little rainfall and near perfect winter temperatures. Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is sporadic, falling mainly in winter (November to March) and averaging 12 cms per year in most of the emirate. Rain is more common in the ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain, the emirate’s second largest city, due to its proximity to the Hajar mountains.

Temperatures range from a low of around 13C on a winter’s night, to a high of around 42C on a summer’s day. The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time to visit, when temperatures are around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night.