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Abu Dhabi Holidays

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Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

The brash, bold city of Abu Dhabi is a modern marvel, from a small fishing village it has emerged as a pulsating city, with futuristic skyscrapers and wide tree-lined boulevards. Holidays to Abu Dhabi promise sophistication, amazing duty-free shopping, luxury hotels and top class transport and visitor attractions. Holidays to Abu Dhabi are not only about 'retail therapy' and glitz, visitors can also explore the fascinating culture of the vast Abu Dhabi Emirate itself with its rolling, colourful dunes, mysterious oases and ancient Bedouin traditions.

Today Abu Dhabi attracts visitors from around the world, limousines are a common sight in the congested streets, and restaurants offering the cuisine of many nations do a roaring trade, especially along the waterfront. Shopping fever is at its height during the annual Shopping Festival held in early March. Those taking a break from modern luxury can escape to the desert for a Bedouin feast under the stars, or take a camel ride through the dunes to a lush oasis.

Holidays To Abu Dhabi – Things To Do

Yas Island is home to the rich, the famous and some of the most entertaining attractions in UAE - not least of which is Ferrari World, the largest indoor amusement park in the world. The headline attraction is the world’s fastest rollercoaster Formula Rossa. The park's many attractions include the largest Ferrari gallery outside of the brand's headquarters in Marinello, Italy; the Speed of Magic immersive 4-D film experience; the G-Force space shot tower; Bell'Italia, which reproduces Italy's main attractions in miniature; and various state of the art racing simulators.

Yas Island is also the destination of choice for a day of fun-filled adventures in the water. With 45 rides, slides and attractions suitable for the whole family, this Emirati-themed water park is guaranteed to create a splash!

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, with capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshippers. The Grand Mosque sits at the entrance to Abu Dhabi City Island, it is distinctly visible from the three main bridges connecting the island to the mainland. It features 82 sparkling domes, more than 1,000 columns, gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center’s guided tours take approximately 45 minutes and are led by an official guide in either English or Arabic. 

The Qasr al-Hosn is the oldest stone building in the city of Abu Dhabi, and is, therefore, its symbolic birthplace. A permanent, free-to-enter exhibition at the Qasr al Hosn Centre tells the story of Abu Dhabi and its people. Fascinating oral testimonies and historic photographs bring this important monument to life.

Take a trip from the city to the famed Liwa Oasis, about three hours’ drive away along a modern highway. This green, agricultural strip at the edge of the Rub Al Khali ('Empty Quarter') is surrounded by a seemingly endless desert. The oasis, made up of a string of small towns and villages, is dotted with pools of fresh water and date plantations. Visitors enjoy overnight camel trips to camp in the pure silence of the desert at night.

Abu Dhabi is surrounded by crystal clear water making it the perfect spot for water sports. Many good wreck, reef and deep water dive sites are easily accessible from Abu Dhabi. It is possible to dive year round in the warm seas, and there’s a rich abundance of marine life, including barracuda, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, and much more.

Cruise Holidays To Abu Dhabi

A cruise holiday to Abu Dhabi is the perfect way to experience the highlights of the Middle East. Departing from Dubai, Royal Caribbean International’s Splendour of the Seas and Vision of the Seas have cruise packages from Dubai that include stops in Abu Dhabi. Travelmood offer special fly and cruise packages from Dublin that start in Dubai and take in Khasab in Oman, Muscat and Abu Dhabi before returning to Dubai.

Holidays To Abu Dhabi - Local Customs

The Emirates states are all Muslim, therefore alcohol is not served except in hotels. It is an offence to drink or be drunk in public and penalties are severe. Dress and behaviour should be modest, particularly during the month of Ramadan when it is disrespectful to smoke, drink or eat in public between sunrise and sunset. Women's clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs.

Cohabiting, adultery and homosexual behaviour are illegal in the UAE, and it is an offence to swear or make rude gestures, or show a public display of affection. In general, the country has a tolerant approach to Western visitors, but local laws and sensitivities should be respected.

Holidays To Abu Dhabi – Best Time To Visit

You can be almost guaranteed of warm weather in Abu Dhabi. It’s the perfect year-round holiday destination for sun lovers. If you dislike hot weather you’ll want to avoid visiting Abu Dhabi between June and August when the daily average temperature and humidity soar. The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is between April and May or from September to November. For the most pleasant weather, we recommend a visit between December and March.

Holiday To Abu Dhabi - Offers

The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Abu Dhabi. Our travel experts have all visited Abu Dhabi and the UAE and have personal experience of the local customs as well as accommodation, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of holiday packages to Abu Dhabi to choose from. Why not call us today and start planning your Arabian adventure to Abu Dhabi!

Key Contacts

Canadian Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 694 0300.
Australian Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 4017 500.
South African Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 447 3446.
Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 495 8200.

Customs

The Emirates states are all Muslim, therefore alcohol is not served except in hotels. It is an offence to drink or be drunk in public and penalties are severe. Some prescribed and over the counter medicines from outside the country may be considered to be a controlled substance within the UAE and will not be allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health Drug Control Department (DCD). A passenger arriving with such medication without permission may be subject to prosecution. Dress and behaviour should be modest, particularly during the month of Ramadan when it is disrespectful to smoke, drink or eat in public between sunrise and sunset. Women's clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs. Cohabiting, adultery and homosexual behaviour are illegal in the UAE, and it is an offence to swear or make rude gestures, or show a public display of affection. In general, the country has a tolerant approach to Western visitors, but local laws and sensitivities should be respected.

Passport/Visa

All visitors to the United Arab Emirates must hold a passport that is valid for three months from the date of entry, or six months if visiting for longer than 90 days. All passport photographs are to be recent colour photographs. Visitors must hold documents and confirmed tickets for their next destination and have a sponsor in the UAE to cover their stay. Holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamps, need to obtain a clearance issued by the C.I.D. (Crime Investigation Deptartment) before arrival. It should also be noted that UAE citizenship is only ever granted to persons whose father is from the UAE. The way a person becomes a UAE citizen is through paternity. (The UAE does not recognize dual nationality and all UAE citizens are required to enter and exit the country using UAE passports.) This means that regardless of how long a person has lived in Dubai, they will never be granted the same status as a citizen of the UAE and residence permits either by way of property ownership or employment remain the only option for a long term residence in the country. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.