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Discover the incredible city of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a fantastic tourist destination with so much to offer, from luxury experiences to thrilling adventures. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is rich in culture and history. An exotic blend of modern and traditional experiences. You can be strolling along the Corniche Beach admiring the water views, riding a camel and praying at the largest mosque of the UAE.

City, beach and desert experiences are all part of the deal for travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi. Expect high-end accommodation, curated tours to historical and cultural sites, fine dining, shopping and spas for an inspiring and relaxing stay on this stunning island in the Persian Gulf. 

Abu Dhabi also has an excellent nightlife scene. You can dance all night in a club with music by world-class DJs or hire a private driver for an evening of sightseeing around the city at sunset. And when you're ready to unwind after a long day of exploring, head over to one of the city's many luxury spas or take advantage of all those beachside lounges with a drink in hand.

Best time to travel to Abu Dhabi

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Between October and April
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Hot and dry climate
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Average 24°C to 26°C
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Low rainfall

What to see and do in Abu Dhabi City

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a world-class museum and the sister museum to the Louvre in Paris. It has a collection of nearly 600 pieces and will be updated with new pieces every year. It offers its visitors the opportunity to learn about the culture of the UAE through art, as well as enjoy some spectacular works by famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Key facts about Abu Dhabi City

The population of Abu Dhabi City is 1,540,000 and growing yearly. It is the largest of seven emirates along with Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah. This wealthy capital city features world-class shopping, high-end dining, beautiful beaches, golf courses, high-rise buildings and a hip cosmopolitan vibe. 

Abu Dhabi has a rich cultural heritage. In Arabic, Abu Dhabi means "Land of the Gazelle," with many stories about how the name originated long ago. The president of the UAE is Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Religion plays an important role in shaping daily life in Abu Dhabi. Islam is the predominant religion here. Due to the presence of many mosques in Abu Dhabi, there are five calls to prayer, known as adhan, throughout the day. The adhan is an integral part of daily life in Abu Dhabi, as it reminds Muslims to pray and helps them find their way back home after work or school.

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Biggest of the seven Emirates
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Capital of the United Arab Emirates
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Population of 1,540,000
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President: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
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Predominant religion: Islam

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Weather & stay in Abu Dhabi

The weather in Abu Dhabi is generally hot and dry, with temperatures averaging 42°C (108°F) in summer and 27°C (80°F) in winter. Clear blue skies and high temperatures bless Abu Dhabi with little rainfall each year. So if you want to avoid rain, Abu Dhabi will not disappoint. The "rainy" winter months are usually from December to February, when Abu Dhabi experiences its cool season. However, even in the rainiest month (January), there is an average of only 1.73 days of precipitation. That means tonnes of sunshine, with an average of 8.4 hours of sunshine in January and a high of 12.2 hours in June.

The Persian Gulf positively influences Abu Dhabi's dry, sunny desert climate by moderating temperatures and protecting against major summer heat. Despite the hot temperatures, the city is relatively humid, with an average humidity of about 50 percent in winter and about 70 percent in summer.

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is between October and April, when temperatures average 24°C to 26°C (75°F to 79°F) during the day and a cooler 13°C (55°F) at night. In the United Arab Emirates, European winter is the most popular time for tourists to travel and consequently high season. Summer, when temperatures are very high, is considered the low season.

Transportation – Getting to and around Abu Dhabi

There are many ways to get around, from buses and taxis to ferries and water taxis. The public transportation in Abu Dhabi is one of the best in the world. The city's buses run on time, and the metro system is fast, clean, and reliable. You can get anywhere you need to go in Abu Dhabi with ease and you don't need to worry about traffic or parking.

The main UAE airport is the Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), about 30.6 km east of the city. There are several options available for airport transfer to and from the airport. No matter which option you choose, it is important to plan your airport transfer in advance to ensure that you have a smooth and stress-free arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Excursions and day trips from Abu Dhabi

A desert safari is a great way to see the desert and the wildlife. Seeing camels, gazelles and ostriches in their natural habitat will be a highlight of your trip. You will also see some beautiful scenery, such as sand dunes and palm trees. A desert safari also offers the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful desert landscape. Here you can do exciting activities such as dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding. You may also have the chance to visit a traditional Bedouin camp, where you can learn about local culture and try activities such as henna tattoos and shisha smoking.

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