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Discover incredible holidays in Abu Dhabi

Discover the allure of Abu Dhabi holidays with Etihad Holidays, your gateway to an unforgettable escape in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. Whether you're dreaming of a luxury getaway or a cultural exploration, Abu Dhabi is a holiday destination that offers an enchanting blend of tradition and modernity, making it a perfect choice for travellers of all types.

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 spending their holidays 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 during your Abu Dhabi holidays.

Whether you're planning a holiday in Abu Dhabi with family, friends, or as a solo adventure, Etihad Holidays offers the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and luxury. With bespoke holiday packages to Abu Dhabi, you can experience the magnificence of this emirate, from its stunning landscapes and beaches to its world-class shopping and dining options.

Facts & climate

Flight time from London 7 hours
Hot and dry climate
Average 24°C to 36°C
Low rainfall

What to see and do in Abu Dhabi City

Embark on holidays to Abu Dhabi and immerse yourself in the emirate's rich tapestry of experiences. From the stunning architectural marvels like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the adrenaline-pumping rides at Ferrari World, there's an abundance of attractions awaiting your discovery. With Etihad Holidays, you can tailor your Abu Dhabi holiday to suit your interests, ensuring a personalized and memorable experience.
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.


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

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, a holiday in 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 spend your holidays in 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 on your Abu Dhabi holiday

There are many ways to get around during your Abu Dhabi holidays, 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 holiday to Abu Dhabi. 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.

Experience a dream holiday in Abu Dhabi with our package holidays

Holiday packages to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Holidays are designed to cater to your every need, offering a range of options from luxury stays to budget-friendly accommodations. These package holidays to Abu Dhabi not only include your flights and hotels but also offer the flexibility to add tours and experiences, ensuring you make the most of your time in this vibrant emirate.

For those seeking Abu Dhabi short breaks, Etihad Holidays provides options that allow you to experience the best of the city even if time is limited. Explore the cultural sites, indulge in the local cuisine, and shop to your heart's content, all within a few days. Abu Dhabi's status as a premier holiday destination means there's always something new and exciting to discover, no matter the length of your stay.

Make your next holiday an Abu Dhabi holiday with Etihad Holidays and experience the magic of the Middle East in unparalleled style and comfort. With outstanding Abu Dhabi hotel deals and carefully curated experiences, your trip to this majestic holiday destination will be filled with unforgettable moments. Book your escape today and let the adventure begin.

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Book your dream holiday in Abu Dhabi now with Etihad Holidays

Etihad Holidays takes pride in offering an array of exceptional Abu Dhabi hotel deals, ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable. Whether you're seeking waterfront luxury or cozy city retreats, our carefully selected accommodations cater to every preference, ensuring that your holidays in Abu Dhabi are spent in the lap of luxury.

For those intrigued by the cultural richness of the UAE, holidays to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Holidays open doors to a world of heritage sites, bustling souks, and captivating museums, offering a deep dive into the emirate's storied past and vibrant present. These experiences are seamlessly woven into our holiday packages to Abu Dhabi, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the local culture.

Adventure-seekers will also find their paradise in Abu Dhabi. Holiday packages can include thrilling desert safaris, water sports at pristine beaches, and visits to state-of-the-art theme parks. Each activity is designed to make your holiday in Abu Dhabi an exhilarating experience, combining relaxation with adventure for the ultimate getaway.

Moreover, with Etihad Holidays, planning your Abu Dhabi holidays from Dublin or any other part of the world is a breeze. Our user-friendly booking platform and dedicated customer service ensure that organizing your holiday to this spectacular destination is as enjoyable as the trip itself.

Choose Abu Dhabi as your holiday destination with Etihad Holidays, and embark on a journey filled with extraordinary experiences, from awe-inspiring architecture and luxury shopping to desert adventures and serene beachfront relaxation. With our bespoke holiday packages, your Abu Dhabi holiday will be one for the ages, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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