Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

The capital of the United Arab Emirates offers a bewitching mixture of bright city lights, traditional Arabian culture and sun, sea and sand - catering for all types of holidaymaker. Whether you choose to stay in the city and sample its fantastic nightlife or head outside the centre to explore the desert, Abu Dhabi has something for everyone.

Location

To the north of Saudi Arabia

Climate

Abu Dhabi has a very hot climate that means winter brings the most bearable temperatures - around the low 20s degrees C - albeit with some strong winds. In the summer (July and August), temperatures can soar as high as 43 degrees C. However, the city enjoys relatively little rainfall, with January being the wettest month.

Currency

Dirham

Time Difference

GMT +4

Transfer Time

Abu Dhabi International Airport is located 26 kilometres east of the city centre. Taxis are plentiful, while public bus services are fairly frequent. The number 901 travels to Abu Dhabi's centre from the airport every 30 to 45 minutes.

Hotels

Abu Dhabi's accommodation can be categorised depending on the kind of holiday you want. If you're after a traditional city break, head to the centre for family-friendly and business hotels such as the Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers and the Millennium Hotel. However, if you're looking to sample the slower-paced side of Abu Dhabi, try lodgings on the outskirts of the city, including the Emirates Palace and the Mafraq Hotel, some of which have private beaches and spa facilities.

Attractions

If you have a thirst for history check out the Hili Archaeological Gardens and the 200-year-old Al Maqtaa Fort. Or to indulge your wilder side why not opt for a desert camel safari? Elsewhere, the Al Raha beach is ideal for sun lovers, while the local spa facilities are perfect for those looking to relax. Abu Dhabi is also home to restaurants and cafes serving up cuisine from around the world, so why not try something a little different?

Shopping

The cities of the United Arab Emirates are famed worldwide for their fantastic shopping and Abu Dhabi is no exception. You could wander round its numerous shopping malls and pick up some designer clothing or pretty jewellery, or you could visit the more traditional souks (markets) and haggle your way to a bargain rug or antique.

Excursions

Abu Dhabi is not confined to just one island - it is in fact comprised of several, providing ideal day trip opportunities. Hire a boat and explore the resorts of Lulu, the natural paradise of Al Futaisi, the sporting facilities of Yas Island or the rich history of Sir Bani Yas.

Family

Abu Dhabi is home to numerous parks, nature reserves, zoos and other child-friendly attractions. Mushrif Children's Garden is one of the more famous parks aimed at kids, while the Ain Zoo and Aquarium contains many exotic species of wildlife, such as the giant tortoise and the Arabian Oryx. Hili Fun City, meanwhile, is a theme park that hosts festivals throughout the year.

Getting Around

The main forms of public transport in Abu Dhabi are buses, taxis and rental cars. Taxis are cheap and readily available, while the local bus services cover all of the main destinations within the city.