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Not too Abu Shabby

Jack tempts you to Abu Dhabi in his blog on where to stay and what to do in this extravagant city.

If you are looking for guaranteed sun and don’t fancy taking a risk with Europe, an extremely long flight or a new mortgage its worth looking into a vacation in Abu Dhabi. So often playing second fiddle to its nearby neighbor Dubai, Abu Dhabi has so much to offer for couples and families alike. I drove down from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and although it’s only an hour of straight tarmac between the two they are different places with different identities. The towers of Abu Dhabi do appear in the horizon but the roads are less busy and there’s an increased sense of calm about the place. From London it’s just a 7 hour flight with many daily direct flights, making a long weekend a real possibility. From the Abu Dhabi international airport getting into the hotels could not be easier as it’s situated just a few miles out of town making it a very minimal journey time on the other side.

The hotels in our portfolio have been carefully hand-picked and each offers something different. The majestic, opulent Emirates Palace is perfect for those looking for more of an ‘authentic’ Arabic experience. The Yas Viceroy is great whether you are an F1 enthusiast or not as it has a real wow-factor being set on a 5.5km race track is so unique. The two hotels on Saadiyat Island are both lovely, have perfect white sandy beaches and are more down to earth. The St Regis has one of the best kids clubs I’ve seen in all my travels and the Park Hyatt‘s pool/gardens area is simply stunning.

But there’s more to Abu Dhabi than just 5* hotels! There’s a huge range of activities and excursions close by making this in increasingly popular option. On Yas Island alone there’s enough to keep a family entertained for a week. There’s the much talked about Ferrari World which is the first and only Ferrari-branded theme park and the largest indoor theme park in the world. Next door to this there is the Yas Waterworld which is a 15 acre all singing, all dancing water park which features 43 rides, slides and attractions. There’s also a 18 hole championship golf course, a lovely beach and of course the famous F1 track where on certain evenings you can dust off you running shoes/pop on your helmet and run/cycle around the track!

Elsewhere, if you are looking for some more culture, I really recommend visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is a spectacular piece of architecture found in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The Emirati’s also have a very keen interest in their cuisine with many new, exciting restaurants popping up all of the time; the majority are found within the hotels so remember to ask for some recommendations when you book.

All in all Abu Dhabi has the lot – beautiful white sandy beaches, a lovely set of hotels and so much to see and do – why not try it this year!

For more information give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com.

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