14 March 2018
Abu Dhabi is a year-round destination with plenty of sunshine, little rainfall and near-perfect winter temperatures. The capital of the United Arab Emirates also boasts a wealth of activities and a coastline that visitors can enjoy on their Abu Dhabi adventure.
From captivating culture and exhilarating adventure to the warmth of Arabian hospitality, the emirate’s appeal is universal. Here are just some of the few reasons you should plan a winter break to this cultural oasis:
Winter is one of the best times to visit Abu Dhabi. The Emirate has a sub-tropical, arid climate and in the cooler months, from November through to April, temperatures hover around 24°C in the day and 13°C at night, meaning you won’t be overwhelmed by heat, nor will you be feeling the chill.
Abu Dhabi serves up 400 kilometres of sumptuous coastline and has some of the region’s finest beaches. Corniche Beach is great for a spot of football or volleyball as well as relaxation, while Saadiyat Island has long stretches of beautiful, golden sand and is a popular spot to catch a glimpse of dolphins and turtles splashing around in the warm Arabian Gulf.
Many of Abu Dhabi’s luxurious resorts also have their own private beachfront facilities which back onto glistening, turquoise waters, and there are plenty of public and club beaches where visitors can soak up the sun or cool off by taking a dip.
Yas Beach is another fantastic option; sun seekers holidaying at any of Yas Island’s seven hotels receive complimentary access to this majestic stretch of white sand lined with luxury sunbeds and cabanas. Yas Beach also has an outdoor gym and access to non-motorised watersports such as sailing, kayaking, mangrove tours and paddleboarding.
As an exciting, cosmopolitan playground, Abu Dhabi offers more than enough to keep its visitors occupied. Yas Island is one of its main entertainment centres and is home to a plethora of attractions. Make a splash at Yas Waterworld, experience high-octane thrills at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, have a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit or indulge in a spot of tax-free retail therapy at Abu Dhabi’s biggest shopping destination, Yas Mall. Whether you’re holidaying with your partner, or enjoying a break with the whole family, Yas Island is the place to be.
But Abu Dhabi has so much more to offer away from the island. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was voted the second-best landmark in the world by TripAdvisor in 2017 and is admired across the globe for its grand marble flooring and columns, Swarovski-adorned chandeliers and housing the largest carpet on the planet.
You can also immerse yourself in art and culture by visiting the emirate’s newest star attraction, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Designed by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, it houses a wide variety of objects and artworks of cultural, historical and sociological importance, with its 600 pieces including Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait and, later in 2018, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Munti.’
Abu Dhabi has a treasure trove of archaeological sites ready for you to explore. The Heritage Village offers a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village, or for something a little different, embark on the Abu Dhabi Pearl journey, where you’ll have the chance to cruise on a Jalboot and see the tradition of pearl diving and oyster opening onboard.
Animal lovers are sure to love Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – the world’s foremost falcon welfare institute and the first of its kind. Here you can find out more about the noble sport of falconry by taking a tour of the facilities and museum before trying your hand at the pursuit in the hospital’s lush gardens.
If you’d like to jet off to Abu Dhabi this winter, contact your local Travel Counsellor!