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Book a flight to Abu Dhabi with Qatar Airways

One of the world’s most modern cities, where old-meets-new allure and draws and captivates millions of travellers every year, book a flight to Abu Dhabi with Qatar Airways and experience a futuristic paradise It is the capital and largest emirate (state) of the United Arab Emirates. Here, opulent hotels and massive shopping malls are juxtaposed with heritage centres and traditional souqs.

Part of Abu Dhabi’s appeal comes from its ability to cater to visitors of all stripes. You can choose to lounge around the beach or get a dose of retail therapy. Alternatively, if you are an action-seeker, you can engage in water sports, play golf, race around an F1 track, or go dune-bashing in the desert.

As well as a cluster of modern, high-rise buildings, the UAE has many lush parks, gardens and green boulevards. Fly to Abu Dhabi and see what the future of urban development looks like.

Abu Dhabi highlights

Go for white-knuckle rides at Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld or head to the beaches or malls for a quieter time; Abu Dhabi awaits.

  • Tourist attractions

    Since its opening in 2007, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is dedicated to the memory of the UAE’s founding father, has become Abu Dhabi’s pride. This majestic structure is one of the biggest mosques in the world, featuring 82 marble domes, more than 1,000 pillars, Swarovski-crystal-studded chandeliers, and the world's largest hand-woven carpet.

    Take a cultural plunge and head to Heritage Village, which replicates the way of life of the Bedouin, the original settlers of the UAE. A 14-minute drive from Heritage Village will take you to Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest building in the capital and former home of the ruling Al Nahyan family.

    You don’t have to check in to check out Emirates Palace, a splendid, gated hotel complex of staggering opulence, including a vending machine that dispatches gold coins.

    If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, head for Yas Island, where you can ride the world’s fastest roller coaster, in Ferrari World. Another theme park popular with families is Yas Waterworld, which offers a variety of thrilling rides for a truly active day out. Nearby is the Yas Marina Circuit, which springs into action each November during the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. If you want to burn some rubber outside the F1 season, the circuit offers visitors both driving and passenger experiences.

    Adventure seekers must not miss a visit to Liwa Oasis when they travel to Abu Dhabi. It’s a tranquil sea of sand ideal for a guided desert safari. If you’d like to travel a little further afield, and explore the country in more detail, head to Al Ain. Known as the Garden City, it has a history stretching back over 4,000 years, and is one of the most beautiful locations in the UAE.

  • Leisure activities

    If you’re keen on swimming you’ll not be disappointed on your trip to Abu Dhabi, as many hotels have their own beaches. You can walk along the Corniche, an impressive, 8km waterfront, which is a popular destination featuring cafés, restaurants, beach parks and children’s play area.

    Outside the city, Liwa Oasis offers a perfect venue to try your hand at dune-bashing in a 4X4, or sand-skiing. One of the big attractions in the desert is the Camel Race Track, where you can visit the paddocks as well as watch the races. This makes for a great day out as there are plenty of refreshments available. Meetings are held on Thursdays and Fridays in winter.

  • Food

    Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan city and every palate is well catered for here, from Middle Eastern and Asian foods to European and American cuisine. For a gourmet meal, head for any of the city’s hotels, some of which play host to celebrity chefs.

    There are also several fast-food and casual-dining restaurants throughout the city, including in its shopping malls. Vegetarian food is especially prominent, so vegans would not go wanting.

  • Shopping

    When travelling to Abu Dhabi for shopping, you’ll discover that there’s a long list of options. International chain stores rub shoulders with vast malls, and fashion items are especially well represented.

    The variety of goods on offer ranges from the cheap and cheerful tourist trinkets through to high-end luxury items. Head for the Madinat Zayed Shopping and Gold Centre, for anything from electronics and clothes to jewellery and perfumes.

    For a more traditional experience, Souq Al Bawadi is home to more than 50 shops selling traditional Arab items and souvenirs. And if you have a hankering for luxury retail, visit The Galleria on Al Marayah Island, which has 130 of the world’s top branded outlets under one roof.

Essential facts about Abu Dhabi

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