City Breaks to Abu Dhabi
Thirty years ago Abu Dhabi, an ideal holiday and short city break destination, burst into life. All thanks to one thing, Oil. Thirty years ago the Abu Dhabi that tourists worldwide know and love today did not exist. Oil changed everything and the money that it has brought has been put to good use by ensuring Abu Dhabi is now one of the most exciting holiday and city break destinations with worldwide appeal. Sheikh Sayed had a vision of preserving the traditions of Abu Dhabi while at the same time turning it into an exciting vibrant city. The mixture of old Arabian culture and futuristic modern facilities makes Abu Dhabi an excellent city break destination for tourist departing from Ireland. Abu Dhabi provides tourists with some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, providing Irish tourists with an amazing home away from home on their holiday or city break. Another big draw is the shopping, the chance to acquire luxury goods at much cheaper prices than in Europe is too good to miss out on. Abu Dhabi offers deep-sea diving and off road driving, fishing, falconry, water-sports, amazing beaches and desert adventures, rollercoasters, waterslides and camel rides. Six excellent golf courses and the year round sunshine make Abu Dhabi a top choice for golf enthusiasts. The opportunity to live like a Sultan, mixed with the wide range of activities on offer is the reason that Abu Dhabi is popular for honeymoons, city breaks, family holidays and business trips. Abu Dhabi is a clean, safe and friendly destination. The true riches of this emirates nation stems from the warmth of the local people and the beauty of its land. Book your holiday or city break to Abu Dhabi now with Club Travel for the best deals on cheap flights and hotels.
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
In Abu Dhabi you can enjoy 5 star luxury at 3 star prices, so book now with Club Travel for the best deals on cheap hotels in Abu Dhabi.
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi A stunning 5 star hotel in an iconic building, beautifully appointed rooms and an award winning restaurant. The hotel features a swimming pool on the 28th floor with an incredible view overlooking the metropolis below. This hotel is located in Abu Dhabi city centre close to all of the city’s main attractions, just what every tourist needs on their holiday or city break.
Grand Millennium Al Wadha An excellent centrally-located hotel close to shopping malls and other major attractions. This hotel has excellent facilities for business travellers as well as top class leisure facilities. Whatever the reason you may find yourself in Abu Dhabi, this hotel is sure to tick all the boxes.
Things to do In Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Sayed Grand Mosque: One of the world’s largest Mosques which can hold 40,000 people at one time. A stunning piece of architecture which is high on the list of any tourists “must see” list when in Abu Dhabi.
Sand Boarding and Skiing: Abu Dhabi has the largest sand dunes in the world. The thrill of sandboarding and skiing down the sand dunes is an unforgettable experience while you´re on your holiday or city break. Just like conventional skiing there are different slopes for varying skill levels.
Arabian Nights Village: Nestled in among towering sand dunes lies this little old style Arabian Desert village. You have the choice to sleep in Bedouin tents or desert houses, you can enjoy traditional Arabian cuisine and a range of activities are available including camel rides, quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes.
Desert Safari Rent a 4X4 and head out into the desert to explore the bumpy sand dunes and see the traditional nomadic way of life. After seeing a stunning sunset you will spend the night camping under the stars in the desert and return the following morning.
Golf Abu Dhabi has six amazing golf courses. Each course comes with its own unique personality and presents the golfer with new challenges at each hole.
Shopping There is a wide range of shopping experiences awaiting you on your holiday or city break in Abu Dhabi, depending on your taste. The word Souk is the Arabic word for marketplace and Abu Dhabi’s Souks give visitors a taste of the traditional Arabic way of doing business. An eclectic range of goods awaits you including fresh produce, carpets, perfumes, jewellery, clothing, fine silk fabrics, souvenirs and many other strange objects. You are sure to find some unique souvenirs here to bring home for your family and friends. Conveniently two of Abu Dhabi’s oldest markets Souk Al Bawadi & Souk Al Qaws are attached to the huge Bawadi Mall in Al Ain. Bawadi Mall has over 400 shops and a rollercoaster, bowling alley and cinema. There are 14 shopping malls in Abu Dhabi, most of which are home to hundreds of stores selling international designer goods as well as traditional wares. Electronic goods and gold jewellery is considerably cheaper in Abu Dhabi than in Western Europe.
Hili Fun City This theme park boasts 28 attractions for all ages along with a family show amphitheatre and picnic and play areas, making this an ideal family holiday destination. Five of the rides are unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Yas Waterworld You are never too old to throw on you togs and slip and slide your way around a water park. A guaranteed hot with the kids this park is home to forty-three rides, slides and attractions.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Twenty rides and attractions including “Formula Rossa” the world’s fastest roller coaster. There are also Italian restaurants and a museum of Vintage and modern Ferraris.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital The Falcon is the symbol of the Emirates and animal lovers of all ages will adore the chance to try their hand at Falconry.
Events in Abu Dhabi 2014
2014 in Abu Dhabi will host live performances from some legendary rock bands including Black Sabbath and the Rolling stones. Abu Dhabi’s incredibly advanced Yas Marina Circuit is pencilled in on the Grand Prix calendar for November 2014. There will also be a number of cultural and culinary festivals taking place throughout the year.
Abu Dhabi International Airport Getting to and from the airport you can take the air conditioned bus from outside the arrivals terminal, the buses depart every 40mins and it takes around forty five minutes to get you to the Abu Dhabi city centre. Taxis are available or the other options to hire a car, you will find all the familiar car rental companies are situated at the airport.
Getting around the city There are local buses servicing Abu Dhabi, however taxis are the most commonly used form of transport to get around the city.
Currency The local currency used in Abu Dhabi is the UAD Dirham. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are found everywhere throughout the city.
Weather in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi generally has a very sunny, dry climate and experiences very little rainfall. November-March the daytime temperature is on average 24 degrees Celsius. In the summer it can reach 40 degrees Celsius so remember to bring SPF and a sun hat.
Local Customs and laws Alcohol is available in hotel bars, restaurants and clubs however it is illegal to drink or be drunk in public. Homosexual activity is illegal in the United Arab Emirates including Abu Dhabi and public displays of this kind can result in imprisonment and deportation. Modest dress is expected when entering mosques and other religious sites.
Abu Dhabi Time +4hours GMT
Electricity The electrical sockets in Abu Dhabi are the same as in Ireland with three rectangle prongs.
Health You should check with your doctor before travelling to Abu Dhabi to make sure you are up to date with all necessary vaccinations.
Visa Irish citizens are granted a visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.