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Whilst Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, may not offer the razzmatazz of Dubai it is nonetheless every bit as worthy of a visit. Over the last half century Abu Dhabi has evolved from a simple fishing village to a luxurious metropolis dotted with glittering architecture, sumptuous hotels, high-end restaurants and vast shopping malls, which combine wonderfully with untouched desert and expansive sandy beaches.
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Our vastly experienced travel advisors are passionate about Abu Dhabi. With first-hand knowledge of when and where to go they can create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.
Flight duration: Abu Dhabi is approximately 7 hours from the UK.
Best time to travel: Abu Dhabi enjoys virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine. Between November and April temperatures average in the mid-20sºC, while the scorching temperatures between May-September may be too much for some (usually in excess of 40ºC), it’s one of the few destinations when it’s cheaper to visit during our school summer holidays, whether travelling with children or not.
Abu Dhabi climate:
Local time: GMT +4 hours.
Currency: UAE Dirham.
Language: Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Passports & Visas: A full British passport, which is machine readable and valid for six months beyond your return date is required. Visas are not required for full British passport holders for stays of less than 60 days in the United Arab Emirates.
Health: Vaccinations are required and strongly recommended. Your GP will be able to provide you with specific advice on the destinations in your itinerary.
Tourism Dirham charge: A Tourism charge is payable locally upon check out at all hotels and apartments in Abu Dhabi and is levied per room per night as follows:-
AED 15.00 (approx. £2.60)
Ramadan: During Ramadan (approximately 15 May-14 Jun 18), it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol is available in Dubai hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.
Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are only available in licensed hotels in Abu Dhabi and the legal drinking age is 21.