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abu dhabi

abu dhabi united arab emirates

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and boasts year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and a pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle. These, combined with the famous Arabian hospitality and world-class infrastructure make Abu Dhabi an enchanting destination.

Abu Dhabi has all the conveniences of 21st century capital living and with some surprising additions. Fine dining abounds, as do opportunities for more affordable fare in numerous city centre outlets. Shopping is as diverse as the emirate with marble clad malls or textile and carpet souks selling everything from supercars to carpets.

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Weather and when to go

With sunny blue skies throughout the year there is never a bad time to visit Abu Dhabi.  June to September is the hottest time of the year with temperatures hitting 39°C.  The weather cools off between November and March with the temperature in the mid to high twenties; however you can get dense fog on some days.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  7 hours
  • Currency:  Dirhams
  • Language:  Arabic
  • Visa requirements:  6 months left on your passport
  • Time difference:  GMT +5
st regis island resort

st regis island resort


abu dhabi, united arab emirates    5 nights from £1,215

Located on the pristine beach of Saadiyat Island and framed by the distinguished Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is nestled in the heart of what is destined to become an increasingly popular holiday destination.

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park hyatt

park hyatt


abu dhabi, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,295

Designed with leisure in mind, the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi boasts four swimming pools including one for kids, a luxurious relaxation haven in the Atarmia Spa, an 18 hole golf course, a comprehensive 24-hour fitness centre, tennis court and Camp Hyatt with indoor and outdoor activities for children.

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anantara qasr al sarab

anantara qasr al sarab


abu dhabi, united arab emirates    7 nights from £1,895

Located in the legendary Liwa Desert, one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort embraces the epic adventures of this evocative landscape and provides a gorgeous, luxury oasis for an exceptional holiday experience.

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