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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital city in the UAE and the largest of the seven emirates. Located 1 hour 20 minutes drive away from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is growing in popularity with uk tourists. 

The grand Prix, Ferrari world, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and gold dispensing ATM's have tourists flocking to its pristine white beaches. If you're wondering if you should visit Abu Dhabi, the country is ideal for adventurers who know how to enjoy the sand and sea with a cultural twist.

Visa required?

No

Currency

Dirham

Injections

No

Key information 

Currency

The Dirham is the official currency although US dollars are taken in most hotels as well.

Visa

A 30 day tourist visa is issued upon arrival in the UAE

Best time to travel

Abu Dhabi is sunny all year round however the summer months, June, July and August can be unbearably hot. The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is during the winter months, from November to April. January and February see heavy tourist traffic because of the Dubai Shopping Festival, Which makes the city come alive. Ramadan is a yearly muslim festival which sees the country go dry ( no alcohol), from sunrise to sunset. This time is best avoided for party goers. Ramadan 2021 takes place between 12th April and the 11th May.

Average temperatures

The lowest average temperatures are around 20 degrees in January, while in June temperatures sit at around 30 degrees . July and August can see temperatures soar to over 40 degrees.

Child friendly rating

Most of the hotels are extraordinarily child-friendly. While Abu Dhabi may have a reputation for being a playground for the rich, this family-friendly city should known as a playground for  the little ones too.

We rate Dubai a 10/10

Jabs

No Jabs are required for Abu Dhabi

Typical itinerary: 

Day 1 - The Louvre


Located on the the Sadadiyat Island Cultural District, with 8,000 square metres of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula. This stunning building is a must see. www.louvreabudhabi.ae




Day 2 - Desert Safari


Choose from a number of activities including desert dune drives, Camel rides, sand surfing. Finish your experience with a BBQ and fire show. Prices start from £49 per person. www.viator.com




Day 3 - Sheik Zayed Mosque and lunch at the Ritz


Located opposite the Ritz Carlton Hotel, The mosque is a regular feature on many a travel bloggers' instagram feed. Open daily from general visiting times are Saturday to Thursday 9am to 10pm.The mosque is closed to visitors Friday mornings and reopens at 4.30pm. Please note they run a strict dress code. Abaya's are available for hire free of charge and gown rental is available. Finish the day with lunch at the Ritz




Day 4 - Ferrari World


Open 365 days a year, ferrari world is Abu Dhabis top attraction for families. Located on Yas Island, home to the grand prix track. The theme park houses 37 record-breaking thrill rides and the worlds fastest dollar coaster. www.viator.com




Day 5 - Yes Marina Circuit


Abu Dhabi is best known for its famous grand prix circuit. The circuit is pen all year round with a full calendar of motorsport, fitness and community events.




Day 6 - Al Ain Zoo


If you're looking for kids activities at Al Ain Zoo then head over to the children's zoo. Located right near the Asian Habitat, the children's zoo has petting zones and bird feeding stations where the kids get to interact with the animals. They can also hop onto a horse, a camel, or a pony for a ride. Animal rides daily from10am - 12.00 and 3.00pm to 6.00pm




Days 7 - 10 - Looking for a slice of The Maldives in the UAE?


Finish your Abu Dhabi vacation with an unforgettable stay on the island of Zaya Nurai. A ten minute boat ride from Sadiyatt Island, transports you to a maldivian inspired paradise. See my top tips below for our review





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