20 January 2020
In the heart of the Arabian Desert is the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi. This futuristic city marries together sleek modern technology and architecture with an enchanting ancient culture. The city’s unbelievable collection of attractions spans the bridge between the old and the new, offering guests the possibility to experience any type of holiday within this one magnificent city.
Many of Abu Dhabi’s beautiful hotels and resorts offer their own private beach facilities but outside of these, there are some gorgeous stretches of powdery sand open to the public that rival any beach destination in the region.
Corniche Beach sits in the heart of Abu Dhabi, bordered by scenic boardwalks with gardens and benches overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The beach features two dedicated family sections, one with a quiet zone. Right by Corniche Beach are a children’s play area and plenty of free sports facilities including volleyball courts, football pitches and playing fields.
For a quieter beach experience, head up the coast to one of the UAE’s most desirable beach locations at Saadiyat Beach. The authorities here are dedicated to maintaining the natural environment to preserve its stunning scenery by operating a dune protection zone and restricting development on the beach. The resulting environment is serene and rich in wildlife, such as the hawksbill Turtles which use the beach as a nesting ground.
If you’re heading to Abu Dhabi as a couple, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend precious moments together wandering through the beautiful Khalifa Park, or along the delightful waterfront promenade around the corniche, before heading for a romantic evening meal for two. Dining throughout Abu Dhabi is very diverse, with flavours from around the world being served up to the highest standard. Dine on sumptuous European fare at Catalan or eat fresh seafood with views out across the gulf at Fishmarket.
When you both feel it’s time to unwind, head to one of the city’s spas to indulge in a couple’s massage and a range of treatments designed to relieve any stresses and soothe your tired muscles. The distinctly Asian surroundings of the Anantara spa create a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy their desert sand body scrub to exfoliate the skin and leave you feeling refreshed.
“Abu Dhabi is the Middle Eastern charm that is missing from your life!”
Lisa, Travel Counsellor
Beneath the iconic red roof of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi sits 37 record-breaking thrill rides including the highest roller coaster loop in the world and the planet’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 250kmph. Besides the thrills, there’s also an engaging selection of family-friendly attractions, live shows, racing memorabilia and a wonderful selection of Italian dining options
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Warner Bros film and television at the Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi air-conditioned theme park. Expect to meet your favourite characters across the six immersive worlds, and ride some of the most exhilarating rollercoasters around.
Yas Waterworld uses Emirati theming to envelop you in a world of fun and adventure. Featuring the region’s first-ever outdoor cinema, Yas Waterworld is more than just its incredible rides and slides, it’s an immersive experience for the whole family.
The vast Abu Dhabi desert, with its huge dunes and massive sand valleys, is a playground for those who love fun and adventure. Off-road driving`, dune bashing, and sand-boarding and skiing are all available in the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) where an endless landscape of sand dunes opens up before you.
To relax in the desert and experience a taste of authentic Emirati culture, the Arabian Nights Village sits nestled amongst rolling sand dunes and allows guests to experience the timeless beauty of the desert while connecting with the traditional local culture. Guests can stay overnight in the village in accommodation options including Bedouin tents, Palm houses, Desert homes and the Fort tower, each of which transports guests to a bygone era of Abu Dhabi’s history.
There is an abundance of historic locations, galleries and museums for culture vultures to explore. The stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque sits at the heart of the city, symbolising the unique interactions between Islam and other cultures in its wonderous architecture.
The city’s art galleries include the Louvre Abu Dhabi which is the first universal museum in the Arab world and is an art lovers dream, displaying works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from throughout history. Another of the premier galleries in the city is The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi where an ever-changing programme of exhibitions engages visitors from around the world.
For a destination that encompasses all the aspects of travel that you love, choose Abu Dhabi. Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today!