Abu Dhabi city break guide

Abu Dhabi has excellent beaches with year-round sunshine and some classy hotels and restaurants


Abu Dhabi is a popular destination for tourists around the word and an Abu Dhabi city break is a great way to see some beautiful views and taste some delicious food.

You can get to Abu Dhabi by plane and the best time to visit it is November to May when the temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius, during the summer months the temperature can get pretty high. Once you are there you will have no problems in communicating because English is spoken by almost everyone and you can easily find information.

Abu Dhabi has some great hotels, if you want to stay in a luxurious place, the best option is St Regis Saadiyat, it’s a beautiful resort with a private beach and all the commodities necessary. The price for a double room is £200. For a more economical option The Intercontinental Abu Dhabi has rooms for £140 and it’s a great location, close to the Corniche.

When you are all settled in you have to visit the Emirates Palace, an icon of Abu Dhabi with beautiful surrounding areas. The Saadiyat public beach is an ideal spot for relaxing and swimming in the clean waters. The Jumeirah Etihad Towers have great views of the city skyline and certainly a must see. You can’t go to Abu Dhabi and don’t visit the world famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, even people with no interest for religion can admire the imposing architecture. Noukhada is a company that offers boat tours around Abu Dhabi’s islands, on these trips you can spot dolphins and other sea life making a memorable experience. If you are a fan of the dessert, Arabian Nights Village has trips trough the desert and activities like quad biking, sand sledding or a visit to a camel farm.

When you are hungry and you want something special, Asia de Cuba at the Nation Riviera Beach Club has some delicious calamari or tofu. Tori No Su at at Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel is high end Japanese restaurant with original dishes. But if you want something more traditional  Hakkasan is a Arabic restaurant on Corniche Road perfect for a relaxind dinner.

Your Abu Dhabi city break will go smoothly if you follow some simple rules in terms of etiquette in an Arab country: dress modestly, cover most of your body and don’t wear anything too reveling. Be respectful on the street, don’t swear and don’t walk around drunk, don’t take your drink outside of the bar or hotel and do not photograph locals without their permission.