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The magic of the United Arab Emirates

Warm and welcoming, spiritual and innovative, fly to the United Arab Emirates with Etihad and experience a truly unique country.

The capital, Abu Dhabi, is a cultural hotspot complete with iconic landmarks and inviting turquoise waters.

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Dubai bursts with energy and innovation, while there are natural oases and beaches to explore across all the emirates.

Discover megacities by the sea, forged out of the desert, where gleaming skyscrapers tower above you and malls provide a world of entertainment. Head into the sand dunes and explore the natural side to this wonderful nation.

The UAE has both a rich heritage and a modern spirit, with each of the seven emirates offering something new and exciting.

Whether you want to relax in an opulent hotel in Abu Dhabi or surround yourself with the rugged beauty of Jebel Hafeet, book flights to the UAE and experience this glittering gem of the Arabian Peninsula.

What's the weather like in the UAE?

What's the weather like in the UAE?

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Winter (December to February) is typically the best time to get flight tickets to the UAE. During this time, visitors will enjoy sunshine and warm weather.

Trips to the beach are an option all year around, although the humidity and heat rise from June to September, making this the perfect time for diving or exploring indoor attractions.

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Abu Dhabi (AUH)

There’s no better place to begin your adventure to the United Arab Emirates than Abu Dhabi. Brimming with ambition and wonder, this city has been transformed by the enthusiasm of its people. Fly to Abu Dhabi and you’ll be greeted with trademark hospitality as you experience the traditions of a beautiful and fascinating city.

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Dubai (XNB)

Visitors from all over the world have become enchanted by the glamour of Dubai. Fly over the bright lights of the city to start your trip in style. Marvel at the ultramodern architecture, relax on one of the beaches in Jumeira, then indulge in a luxury shopping experience.

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Al Ain (ZVH)

An oasis awash with beautiful palm groves and natural springs, it’s no surprise that the city of Al Ain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the city’s impressive wonders, including the magnificent Al Jahili Fort and the incredible views from Jebel Hafeet mountain.

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Reasons to visit the UAE

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Soak up Abu Dhabi’s grandeur

Abu Dhabi offers an incredible selection of attractions and activities. The famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest in the nation, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is perfect for art buffs, while the impressive Founder’s Memorial is dedicated to His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates.

Yas Island – just 15 minutes from the airport – is a great place for families, with a beach, waterpark and impressive hotels. It’s also home to the F1 Yas Marina circuit, Warner Bros World theme park and Ferrari World.

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Bird’s eye view of Dubai

Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and no stranger to extravagance. There are many must-do activities to put on your list in Dubai, but heading to the viewing deck of the stunning Burj Khalifa must top it.

Here you will be able to gaze out across the city skyline and beyond from the highest outdoor observatory in the world. Elsewhere, enjoy everything from family-friendly theme parks to incredible shopping malls.

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Relax in Al Ain

Visiting Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is like stepping into paradise. This oasis city is filled with palm groves and overlooked by the summit of Jebel Hafeet mountain. The city has thousands of years of history and heritage to learn about too.

Stroll under the shade of some of its 150,000 date palm trees. Explore the region’s Bronze Age history at the Hili Archaeological Park, or spend a day in one of the region’s most exciting waterparks, Wadi Adventure.

Things to know before you fly to the UAE

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The weather is warm across all seasons in the United Arab Emirates and rainfall is rare. December to February is a great time to get a UAE flight and enjoy some sunshine with temperatures around 21°C.

currency Local currency

The national currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED).

USD are also accepted in many places.

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Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates – ‘hello’ in Arabic is ‘marhaba’. Much of the population is also English-speaking.

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Standard plug sockets in the UAE are types C, D and G. Travellers from the UK won’t need a plug adaptor, but most people travelling from other countries will.

Flying to the UAE: FAQs

Where should I fly to in the UAE?

Abu Dhabi (AUH) is perfectly placed as a starting point for your UAE adventure. The airport is only a 25-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi and just 15 minutes from Yas Island. Travelling to other emirates is relatively straightforward – it’s around a 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

Do I need to carry my passport in the UAE?

You don’t need to carry your passport with you while you’re in the UAE, but you should keep some form of ID with you. It’s a good idea to take a photocopy and keep this paper version with you.

How many days do you need to visit the UAE?

Most visitors looking to visit more than one region in the United Arab Emirates take between a week and 10 days to explore all the country has to offer. If Abu Dhabi is your destination, five days to a week will give you time to really get to know the city.

Why we love the UAE

“The United Arab Emirates is our home – we’re immensely proud of its unique blend of innovation and traditional Arabic culture. The amazing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is just a short taxi ride away from the modern Yas Marina Circuit, overlooked by the amazing skyline.”

Why fly to the UAE with Etihad?

When you book flights to the UAE with Etihad you can shape your journey. Choose how you check in, add extra baggage, or book airport transfers online before you fly.

Whether you’re flying Economy, Business or First, you’re sure to relax thanks to our comfortable cabin design. For more legroom and your own space there are several upgrade options, which you can book in advance.

All of our seats recline and feature fully adjustable headrests. We have pillows and blankets for guests flying long-haul so you can rest and recharge before you arrive.

As part of your onboard experience, you will be offered a complimentary meal inspired by your destination and made with fresh, seasonal produce, as well as a selection of drinks.

Stay entertained on your journey with our inflight system featuring thousands of hours of movies, TV shows and music.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

The best of the United Arab Emirates

Born in the UAE

Discover artists and musicians who all have connections to the UAE. From a hip-hop trio to festival headlining DJs and singer-songwriters, explore how the music scene in the country continues to grow.

The Abu Dhabi Spa Guide

The opulence of Abu Dhabi doesn’t stop with the luxurious hotels and awe-inspiring skyscrapers. This guide lets you know where to book to get polished and pampered in style.

Top places for Friday brunch, Abu Dhabi

Friday brunch is a big event in Abu Dhabi. A joy for foodies, discover the restaurants serving up the best selections in the city with this guide.

A journey into Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter

The ‘Empty Quarter’ is seen as the connection between the old Arabia and the contemporary UAE – and it’s something of an under-explored gem. Read all about this fascinating desert destination.

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London - Abu Dhabi
5 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
from £ 691*
Manchester - Abu Dhabi
5 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
from £ 725*
London - Abu Dhabi
5 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
from £ 2900*
Manchester - Abu Dhabi
5 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
from £ 2905*

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Book the lowest airfare deals on flights to the United Arab Emirates from GBP 336

London (LHR) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Tue 26 May 2020,
Return Sun 28 Jun 2020
from GBP348*

Manchester (MAN) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Sun 8 Mar 2020,
Return Thu 12 Mar 2020
from GBP336*

London (LHR) to Dubai (XNB)

Departure Sun 8 Mar 2020,
Return Tue 17 Mar 2020
from GBP351*

Edinburgh (EDI) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Sun 8 Mar 2020,
Return Thu 12 Mar 2020
from GBP393*

London (LGW) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Sun 12 Apr 2020,
Return Thu 16 Apr 2020
from GBP2271*

Manchester (MAN) to Dubai (XNB)

Departure Wed 11 Mar 2020,
Return Thu 19 Mar 2020
from GBP376*

Birmingham (BHX) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Sun 8 Mar 2020,
Return Fri 13 Mar 2020
from GBP459*

Aberdeen (ABZ) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Tue 10 Mar 2020,
Return Wed 8 Apr 2020
from GBP420*

Glasgow (GLA) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Wed 25 Mar 2020,
Return Sat 4 Apr 2020
from GBP438*

Newcastle upon Tyne (NCL) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Departure Sun 8 Mar 2020,
Return Thu 12 Mar 2020
from GBP628*
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