Departure Date: 20/03/2020
A combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing blend of old and new in Abu Dhabi, making it one of the Middle East’s most desirable holiday destinations. Add to that fantastic year-round weather, and it becomes clear why Abu Dhabi is a holiday hotspot. If you’re thinking of your next adventure why not get away with Etihad Airways and make the Emirati capital your next destination.
Staying in the Sheraton you’ll be staying on the Corniche of Abu Dhabi just 500 metres from the city centre this hotel offers the best of both worlds in Abu Dhabi. A destination in itself, this landmark hotel stands overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The hotel boasts three different levelled swimming pools leaving guests spoilt for choice, there are also health clubs, a Jacuzzi and a range of more energetic activities catering to the leisure desires of every type of guest.
After enjoying all the amenities that the hotel has to offer, you’ll be picked up for your tour of the city and Desert Safari. First stop is at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. The stunning structure is completely clad in marble and features intricate Islamic decorations and carvings. Continue to the downtown area of Abu Dhabi, stopping at the Heritage Village and driving along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments.
Later in the day start your desert adventure in a 4WD air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy a comfortable ride to the desert for around 30-45 minutes whilst relishing the stunning roadside views.
When you reach the desert, head straight to the camel farm where you can meet the gorgeous creatures and feed them. After that, experience an exhilarating dune bashing adventure. Feel the thrill as your safari captain manoeuvres the vehicle through the sand dunes. Next, try your hand at sandboarding adventure and give your skating skills a test as you glide down the sandy slopes.
After this, head to the Bedouin desert camp and enjoy a warm welcome with Arabic Coffee (Gahwaa) and Arabic Dates. Take a short camel ride and get your camera ready to catch the best sunset view from the top dunes. Be delighted as you delve into the charm of Emirati customs and culture. Enjoy cultural activities such as henna painting and shisha smoking. Then, try on traditional Arabian costumes and take pictures with a falcon.
To wind down the evening, enjoy an entertaining Tanoura and a breath-taking belly dance performance. Savour a scrumptious barbecue dinner under the gleaming desert sky. Once the adventures and activities are wrapped up, the lights of the camp will be doused. Sit back and glance at the desert and the star-lit sky for a few peaceful moments before returning to your hotel.
With so many cultural wonders and the enticing hospitality of this exciting emirate, a trip is Abu Dhabi is one you’ll never forget.
Price is based on 2 adults sharing a classic city view room in the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort on B&B basis for 5 nights. Excursions include Abu Dhabi City Tour and Desert Safari. Price includes return flights from Dublin direct to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways including one checked bag of 23KG and return private transfers. Depart from Dublin on 20th March 2020.
From €940 per person
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