family camping in the desert in abu dhabi

Abu Dhabi Holidays

Flights + Hotel

Experience incredible Abu Dhabi 

Explore the UAE’s extraordinary capital on your Abu Dhabi holiday; a modern metropolis emerging from the desert dunes.

Space-age skyscrapers may define its skyline, but Abu Dhabi is a city in touch with its heritage. Explore the dazzling, white marble Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – its wonderfully ornate stylings reflecting rich Islamic culture.

Head to Saadiyat Island to spot the resident turtles and relax on beautiful white sands, and experience the remarkable Louvre Abu Dhabi. Or find world-class theme parks and family-friendly attractions on Yas Island.

Across the city there are fantastic dining options to suit every taste, whether it’s for one of Abu Dhabi’s famous Friday brunches or a candlelit dinner complete with stunning waterfront views.

Start planning the adventure of a lifetime. Book an Abu Dhabi holiday package with Etihad today.

helicopter point of view of abu dhabi skyline with surrounding area

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is both a modern masterpiece and a cultural capital, home to historical artefacts and incredible contemporary attractions alongside pristine beaches and clear blue waters. Explore it all during your Abu Dhabi holiday.

You can fly to Abu Dhabi if you are a UAE national or resident, or if you are eligible for a visa on arrival.

a young family play along the shore of a beach in abu dhabi 

Relax on golden shores 

Those who long for nothing more strenuous than reclining on the sands while soaking up breathtaking views across beautifully blue waters will instantly feel at home in Abu Dhabi.

Few stretches of shoreline are as iconic as the Corniche – a stunning skyscraper-framed beach running the length of the city’s waterfront.

Sun-kissed experiences await at Yas Beach – with free access for those staying at Yas Island hotels.

On blissful Saadiyat Island you can spot turtles and even dolphins swimming through the crystal-clear waters. It also has great places to stay, right on the sand.  

Where to stay in Abu Dhabi

a young family enjoying a bike ride along the corniche in abu dhabi

The Corniche

This corner of the city is home to Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace. In a good location for exploring, you can enjoy a little regality of your own at the five-star InterContinental Abu Dhabi – which is also ideal for family breaks.

The hotel has access to a private marina and beach area – perfect for relaxing after a day in the city. It’s also a good spot for booking a sunset cruise.


Yas Island

Those looking to pack their Abu Dhabi holiday with activities should look no further than Yas Island.

Staying in this corner of the capital means you’ll have attractions such as Warner Bros. World™ and Yas Waterworld right on your doorstep.

There are some fantastic hotel options here including Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island and W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island.

panoramic view of yas island hotel and formula one circuit at night abu dhabi
famous the ornate interior of the sheikh zayed mosque in abu dhabi

Khor Al Maqta

This stylish corner of the capital is where you’ll find Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Centre and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Al Rawda Arjaan by Rotana is an elegant option if you’re looking to stay in the area, while the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal is perfect for luxury stays.

You might also want to consider the stylish Fairmont Bab Al Bahr or the opulent Shangri-La Hotel – both offer private beaches and stunning views of the Grand Mosque. 

Desert oasis 

To enjoy the height of hospitality out among the dunes, look no further than the Al Wathba Desert Resort and Spa.

Private plunge pools and delectable dining await among spectacular, sweeping landscapes.

Al Ain is a fabulous area to stay if you’re looking for similarly serene views, with the five-star Al Ain Rotana offering garden views and art deco touches.

Tilal Liwa Hotel – in the Liwa desert – is the perfect place to get away from it all. 

girl gazing at sky as sunlight comes through trees at al ain oasis near abu dhabi
view of abu dhabi corniche and water

All you need to know about Abu Dhabi 


Arabic is the official language of the UAE, but English is commonly spoken too. You will also hear a variety of other languages while exploring this multicultural society. 

Getting around

The best option for getting around the UAE capital is by taxi. There are also free bus services to popular locations and attractions.

Airport transfers to your hotel can be pre-booked with Etihad. 

Local currency

The national currency is the UAE dirham (AED). Most places will also accept credit or debit cards and ATMs are widely available. 

Cultural considerations

The dress code in Abu Dhabi is typically modest – especially around mosques and malls, where you should cover your shoulders and knees.

Things are more relaxed in the city’s hotels, though swimwear should only be worn at the beach, swimming pool or waterpark.

More about Abu Dhabi 


Abu Dhabi’s origins lie in the pearl trade. The Arabian Gulf was a world-renowned destination for pearl divers in the 18th century, with its rare jewels among the most highly prized on the planet.

The deserts outside the city, where oil was found in the mid-20th century, now make for the ideal off-roading experience. Hop in a buggy and enjoy an action-packed dune bashing adventure. 

In recent times Abu Dhabi has embarked on a grand tourism drive, building destination attractions and world-leading museums,  transforming the desert city into a magnet for those in search of culture, adventure and luxurious relaxation.

wooden boat on the sandy shore of abu dhabi
the outside of the grand mosque in abu dhabi at night


Islam is the official and predominant religion in the UAE. Islamic culture plays an important role in everyday life, so it’s important to consider local customs and dress during your holiday to Abu Dhabi. 

Many of the city’s most impressive sites have their origins in Islam. Be mindful of local customs and cover up when visiting religious sites. 

Other religions are also practised in Abu Dhabi. There are a number of churches in the city, with St Andrew’s in the Al Mushrif area well-known for its diverse congregation and community spirit. 

Early morning view of Al Reem island from Abu Dhabi island capital city of the United Arab Emirates

Why we love Abu Dhabi 

“Abu Dhabi is our home and we’re incredibly proud of it. This is a wonderful holiday destination with an array of exciting attractions and cultural highlights. Whether it’s enjoying a little retail therapy or relaxing by the water on Saadiyat Island, there’s something for everyone here.” 

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