With its awesome glass skyscrapers that reflect the bustle of daily life, magnificent buildings such as the Emirates Palace, its lively souqs, excellent international restaurants and its long stretches of white beaches lapped by the crystal clear waters of The Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a city of outstanding contrasts.

The throbbing heart of the city lies 250 metres off-shore on an island linked to the mainland by the Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge. Home to the respected Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation and the Al Hosn Palace museum, along with numerous venues for the arts, the wealthy city is the cultural as well as the commercial hub of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Facts

Population

1 million

Currency

UAE dirham Dh = 100 fils

Opening hours

Opening hours: The large shopping malls tend to open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday - Thursday, and in the afternoon on Fridays, the day of prayer. Supermarkets often open earlier and smaller shops usually close for lunch for around two to three hours. The weekend in Abu Dhabi is Friday and Saturday.

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Travel to Abu Dhabi

Book your flights to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways and experience an enchanting city whose glamorous present can only be equalled by its fascinating past. In the capital of the United Arab Emirates, proud ancestral traditions are the perfect backdrop to the wonders of 21st century elegance and sophistication.

Top 5 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Once you have booked your ticket to Abu Dhabi, you will not be short of things to do once you arrive. Whether you enjoy shopping, sightseeing or simply relaxing in a spa - there is something for everyone on holiday in Abu Dhabi. Here are our top picks at Etihad Airways:

  • Step through the gates of Qasr al-Hosn and into a world that has been protected within the stone walls of this magnificent palace-fortress since the mid-18th century
  • Discover the history of Abu Dhabi and learn about the life of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the ‘Father of the Nation’, at the Zayed Centre
  • Feel the rush of the Ferrari World theme park, and if you dare, rise to the challenge of the Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world
  • Admire a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful religious structures
  • Feel the anticipation and excitement in the air at Yas Marina circuit, home to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Experience one of motorsports’ greatest races and take part in a Driving Experience of your own

There is more! Take the plunge at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld, the UAE’S newest waterpark, take a walk around a traditional souq, or embark on one of many thrilling guided city tours by land or sea - Abu Dhabi sights are unparalleled. The city’s compact size makes it easy to get around too, so visiting is always a pleasure.

Shopping in Abu Dhabi

If you are booking flights to Abu Dhabi, make sure to leave some space in your luggage as there are plenty of treats and trinkets you may want to pick up along the way.

Shopping in Abu Dhabi is something of a national pastime. Its remarkable diversity means you can find everything from traditional perfumes, handicrafts, and spices at small souk-like outlets, or pick up the latest designer clothes at ultra-modern malls. Depending on where you are flying from, the baggage allowance on Etihad Airways flights to Abu Dhabi is generally plentiful, so you need not spend your holiday counting kilos.  

Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Book your flights to Abu Dhabi and prepare to enjoy some of the best cuisine in the world. Taking its culinary inspiration from the East and West, restaurants in Abu Dhabi offer a delicious fusion of flavours from all over the world. From comfort food to fine dining, there are restaurants to suit every taste bud.

Nightlife in Abu Dhabi

Holiday here with Etihad Airways and you’ll discover a whole host of things to do when the sun goes down. Enjoy dinner at one of the delightful Abu Dhabi restaurants or check out the views on the increasingly popular Yas Island and Saadiyat Island. You can even take a trip to Abu Dhabi’s neighbouring Emirate, Dubai, which is well-known for its fruitful nightlife.

Plan your Abu Dhabi holiday

Etihad Airways offers impressive flight deals to Abu Dhabi throughout the year, but it is best to book your tickets to Abu Dhabi for travel between November and April, as summer temperatures can reach 42 °C due to the desert climate.

The cooler months feature festivals such as the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which attracts dedicated filmmakers from all over the region, and the Abu Dhabi Festival, the largest event dedicated to classical music and art in the United Arab Emirates. The city is also home to the Etihad Airways Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. All you have to do is check out some of the Abu Dhabi reviews online to get a feel for all the entertainment on offer.

To find great flight deals and cheap hotels in Abu Dhabi on these dates, be sure to book your accommodation several months in advance.

Book your flight to Abu Dhabi today

Whether you are looking for a long relaxing holiday or short city break, Abu Dhabi offers the perfect fusion of culture and modernity, in awe-inspiring settings. For affordable tickets to Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways is always a great choice. Benefit from amazing fares on flights to Abu Dhabi, with lots of flights heading out weekly. Book your flights to Abu Dhabi today and experience this wonderful city first-hand. 

Etihad Airways can even assist with arranging your UAE visa. Obtaining an entry permit or visa to Abu Dhabi is simple via Etihad’s online UAE visa application centre, no matter where you are flying from. 

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