Abu Dhabi holidays
A holiday in Abu Dhabi won’t fail to impress both the ready historian and the jet-setting traveller alike. With a strong juxtaposition of old world history and new world architecture, you’ll see historic sites intermixed with twenty-first century ingenuity. The capital of the UAE, this city contains a vibrant and contrasting array of souks and modern malls. Typical of the region stand proud next to sleek skyscrapers and glass mega malls. Get lost in nature here, too, where soft, sandy, beaches beckon - especially those on Saadiyat Island, which you'll find are frequented by wild dolphins and sea turtles.
Luxury holidays in Abu Dhabi
An Abu Dhabi holiday means unrivalled levels of hospitality from the auspices of grand, modern resorts. With an array of fine dining options, ultra-trendy bars and lounges, and luxury spas, you’ll get a true sense of exclusivity and indulgence. Stroll along the picturesque Corniche thoroughfare at sunset for a spectacular vista of Abu Dhabi’s rugged skyline as it reflects a deep red glow out into the crystalline Gulf.
10 great reasons to holiday in Abu Dhabi
- Extensive collection of world class bars and restaurants
- Seeking adventure? Go on a desert safari or drive around the F1 Yas Marina circuit
- Explore Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - one of the largest in the world
- Family fun at Yas Island’s theme parks including Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi & Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi
- The Corniche waterfront, featuring sandy beaches, go-carting and stage shows
- Excellent championship golf courses easily accessible from anywhere in Abu Dhabi
- Only a 7 hour flight from the UK
- Great museums and galleries including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
- Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential palace in Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi offers a choice of powdery white-sand beaches to enjoy
Things to do in Abu Dhabi
Start with the dazzling Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, then choose from a host of exciting Abu Dhabi sights and activities ranging from the high-adrenaline Ferrari World & Warner Bros Abu Dhabi Theme Park to the world-famous Yas Waterworld. For culture, feast your eyes on the gold-sprinkled Emirates Palace, a covert world wonder, then amble down the promenades to discover a swathe of sights that include local souks (make sure to try the date fruits) and avant-garde shopping malls. Abu Dhabi is also home to its own Louvre museum located on Saadiyat Island, making it a must for art lovers. After soaking up the city, catch your breath by heading to one of Abu Dhabi’s numerous beach clubs. Or go the extra mile on a desert safari – these guided dune-bashing tours are not to be missed.
Island resorts in Abu Dhabi
From Saadiyat (“Happiness”) Island’s powdery beach escapes, to Yas Island’s action packed F1 Grand Prix with W Abu Dhabi taking centre stage, Abu Dhabi is sprinkled with unique islands that feature a luxury resort that’s perfect for you. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city on Zaya Nurai Island or spot rare animals from Desert Island Resort & Spa by Anantara on the wild and wonderful Sir Bani Yas Island.
Ramadan in Abu Dhabi
Ramadan is an interesting time to be in Abu Dhabi as hotel prices tend to drop and the emirate takes on a completely different way of life. Its timing is lunar and therefore not fixed in terms of the western calendar. This is the month of fasting when Muslims abstain from all food, drinks and smoking from dawn to dusk. Visitors are also expected to refrain from consuming these items in public places in daylight hours during this month.
Daytime is quiet and shops and markets may open only in the morning between 10am to noon and close during the afternoon. When the sun sets, however, Abu Dhabi comes to life. Public places are busy well into the early hours of the morning. Shops are generally open from 8:00 pm up until midnight. Ramadan 2022 is from 2nd Apr - 1st May and Ramadan 2023 is from 22nd March – 20th April.
Public Holidays in the UAE
Please note that during religious celebrations and public holidays in the United Arab Emirates, restrictions on the serving of alcohol may be imposed at hotels and restaurants. Food services may also be restricted and opening times may vary. Please check with your Kenwood Travel agent for more info, or see the list of UAE public holidays below:
- Gregorian New Year: 1 January
- Eid Al Fitr: From last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (4 days)
- Arafah day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (4 days)
- Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year): 1 Muharram - 12 August in 2021 and on 30 July in 2022
- Prophet Mohammed's birthday: 21 October in 2021 and on 8 October in 2022
- Commemoration Day: 1 December (previously known as Martyr's Day and was observed on 30 November)
- National Day: 2 and 3 December (2 days).
Interesting facts about Abu Dhabi
- Area – 67.34 sq. kilometres
- Population – 896,751
- Currency – Arab Emirate Dirham (AED)
Weather in Abu Dhabi
The weather here is hot and dry with frequent clear azure skies all year round. The hottest season occurs from June to September and averages 35 degrees celsius. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi is the ideal destination for a winter warmer, with temperatures hitting highs of 25 degrees celsius even in January. Take full advantage of Abu Dhabi's beautiful beaches and cool off in the ocean regardless of the season. During summer, you'll find all the hotels and major attractions are fully air conditioned for your comfort.
Abu Dhabi holidays 2021 / 2022
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Know before you go
Please note: Dining restrictions may apply for all hotels in Abu Dhabi when complimentary meal plan upgrades are on offer
Please note: Hotel check-in times in Abu Dhabi are usually from 3pm. Guests will not have access to their room before this point unless otherwise stated.
Please note: Electronic cigarettes are banned in the UAE, and it is forbidden to bring them into the country.
Please note: Visitors to the UAE travelling with medicine are advised to check the approved list as provided by United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health & Prevention. For certain medications, visitors will be required to submit an online form prior to travel. This is a legal requirement, and visitors found with undeclared medicines run risk of being denied entry into the country.
Please note: A tourism tax of AED 15 (Approx. £3.30) per room per night applies in Abu Dhabi, to be paid at check out.