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Visit Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi epitomises the 21st-Century Gulf petro-city: a beguiling mix of the unabashedly rich and contemporary, yet traditional. In just four decades, the countries of the UAE have been transformed from a clutch of traditional fishing villages to economic super-powers. Once proud of being the staider of the Emirates, leaving its brassy sibling, Dubai, to show off, Abu Dhabi has rolled up its metaphorical sleeves over the last decade, coming out all guns blazing to compete for tourism and the US dollar. The result is a nation that is still in touch with its culture but has bought into the trappings of contemporary luxury; a country continually striving for bigger, better, shinier, more. A trip to Abu Dhabi will leave you filled with awe and wonder: the sheer scale of the skyline, which is in a constant flux of change, shooting ever-higher across the horizon; the opulence of every hotel and office block; the exotic romance of typical Arabian culture and the vibrant bustle of day-to-day life.

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1Direct Flights to Abu Dhabi

Direct flights to Abu Dhabi will bring you to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), a vast airport, 29 miles outside of the city itself.

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2When to Visit Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is loved by all – families, residents from elsewhere in the UAE, businessmen and groups of friends. As a result, there is not really a quiet season – if you are looking for cheap flights to Abu Dhabi, it is best to book well in advance. May to August can be unbearably hot – reaching into the low forties - however, the balmy sea and myriad airconditioned malls, boutiques and restaurants offer plenty of respite from the relentless sun. October to April range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties, but the winter months (December – February) see a surge in tourism as people flock to Abu Dhabi to celebrate the festive season and grab some much-needed winter sun. If you are looking for cheap flights to Abu Dhabi, plan your trip in September, April or May, when the temperatures are warm and you will encounter fewer school-aged families.

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3Religion

With its ever-changing skyline and soaring economy, Abu Dhabi’s architecture must be seen to be believed. Despite its ostentatiousness, however, many of the buildings are harnessed by religion and culture, giving it a serene majesty that belies their glamorous exterior. Abu Dhabi is Islamic, and it is only fitting that the city is dominated by the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the world’s largest centres of Islamic worship. Completed in 2007 and commissioned by and named for Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan (whose remains are interred in a marble mausoleum near the mosque’s entrance),the mosque took twelve years to build and cost around US$500 million, making it the most expensive in the world. The mosque’s exterior is relatively plain, its soaring white domes and four 107-metre minarets stunning in their simplicity. In contrast to the demure exterior, the prayer hall features the world’s largest carpet, which is more than 5000 square metres and was crafted by hand by 1200 artisans, as well as the world’s largest chandelier, which is 10 metres wide, 15 metres high and contains million Swarovski crystals. If you visit the mosque, make sure you dress respectfully – females who are not appropriately dressed will be offered a black robe (abbeya) to wear.

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4Architecture

Abu Dhabi’s Corniche is a perfect way to take in the full scale and beauty of the city’s architecture. Stretching 3 miles along the western edge of the city, you can amble along the waterfront, or sit in one of the many gardens flanking the pathways to take in the scenes before venturing to the end of Corniche Road, where you can look up at the dizzyingly tall Etihad Towers, the five space-age skyscrapers soaring in a dazzling array of polished metal and graceful curves. Head to Tower Two’s 74th floor, where you can view the city from 300 metres up from Observation Deck at 300. Abu Dhabi’s architecture takes you from the sublime to the ridiculous. While the mosque should be at the top of your list, and is an international symbol of Islam, the Emirates Palace hotel is a symbol of the UAE’s opulence and wealth. With 114 domes, a mile of private beach, 400 luxury rooms and no fewer than 1002 chandeliers, the Emirates Palace has made itself the cultural centre of Abu Dhabi, boasting a fantastic gallery – the Barakat Gallery – which features art from all over the world. If you run out of cash, don’t worry – pop to the cash machine in the foyer, which dispenses gold bars! Abu Dhabi’s Corniche is a perfect way to take in the full scale and beauty of the city’s architecture. Stretching 3 miles along the western edge of the city, you can amble along the waterfront, or sit in one of the many gardens flanking the pathways to take in the scenes before venturing to the end of Corniche Road, where you can look up at the dizzyingly tall Etihad Towers, the five space-age skyscrapers soaring in a dazzling array of polished metal and graceful curves. Head to Tower Two’s 74th floor, where you can view the city from 300 metres up from Observation Deck at 300. Abu Dhabi’s architecture takes you from the sublime to the ridiculous. While the mosque should be at the top of your list, and is an international symbol of Islam, the Emirates Palace hotel is a symbol of the UAE’s opulence and wealth. With 114 domes, a mile of private beach, 400 luxury rooms and no fewer than 1002 chandeliers, the Emirates Palace has made itself the cultural centre of Abu Dhabi, boasting a fantastic gallery – the Barakat Gallery – which features art from all over the world. If you run out of cash, don’t worry – pop to the cash machine in the foyer, which dispenses gold bars!

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5Shopping

No Middle-Eastern adventure would be complete without some serious shopping and you won’t be disappointed on your trip to Abu Dhabi. The Heritage Village offers an insight into traditional life in Abu Dhabi (before development). As well as artisan workshops and am authentic market, the village provides incredible views of the corniche; enjoy a coffee in “Old Abu Dhabi” as you look out on the impossibly flamboyant city of today. A shopping trip to the World Trade Centre (formerly the Central Market) is both surreal and rewarding for even the most reluctant shopper. The focal points are the two main towers, the Trust Tower and Burj Mohammed bin Rashid (the tallest building in Abu Dhabi – for now!). At the foot of the towers, you will find Norman Foster’s take on a traditional souk – a three-storey wooden building which combines Abu Dhabi of the past and the future, with detailed latticework, Arabian symbols and modern materials. Here, you will find crafts, souvenirs, textiles, spices and an eclectic assortment of collectibles, waiting to be discovered by the more determined, sharp-eyed shopper. Boasting over 200 stores, cinemas and amusements, the Abu Dhabi Mall is far a far cry from the Middle-Eastern markets of yesteryear. Within its vast airconditioned walls you will find everything, from bespoke perfumes to designer goods. If you need a break, you can catch a film, or grab a bite to eat before diving back into the fray.

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6Food

As can be expected, in Abu Dhabi, you will be able to find food from around the world, which is as delicious as it is plentiful. The roots of Abu Dhabi’s cuisine, however, are steeped in the typical Gulf generosity and hospitality and the best way to explore its delights is in the desert, seated upon a rich Persian rug under the canvas of a Bedouin tent and a blanket of stars. If a desert trip isn’t on the cards, there are plenty of traditional restaurants that pay homage to the city’s cultural and gastronomic heritage; high-end restaurants, street stalls and humble cafes serving stunningly spiced stews of lamb and fish, delicious seasonal vegetables and melt-in-the-mouth pastries laden with nuts and honey. As an Islamic country, traditional meals would be washed down with coffee or mint tea, not alcohol, but most hotel complexes do serve alcohol – just be careful to drink respectfully and avoid being drunk in public. From desert to city and everything in between, Abu Dhabi is a rich tapestry of opulent traditions; on your trip to Abu Dhabi you will not be able to help but fall in love as you soak in the opulence and romance of this stunning city. Fancy making your own Middle-Eastern dream? Let Travangelo help you to find cheap flights to Abu Dhabi.

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