With the news that Etihad Airways has opened up a new direct route between Edinburgh and Abu Dhabi, we showcase the top things to do in Abu Dhabi and some of the best places to stay.
Top Things To Do in Abu Dhabi:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – this spectacular feat of architecture is a wonder to behold and the largest mosque in the UAE covering more than 30 acres. During Eid it can be visited by more than 40,000 worshipers.
Yas Marina Circuit – Located on Yas Island, the circuit is home to the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
World-class golf – There are three championship standard golf courses within a 20 minute drive of Abu Dhabi, ideal for both seasoned veterans and newcomers.
A visit to Emirates Palace is a must, you don’t have to stay there, with large public areas and landscaped gardens. You can even sample a gold Cappuccino here – with flakes of 24 carat gold on top, now that’s palatial!
Yas Waterworld is an awesome 15 hectare mega waterpark, offering numerous slides, rides and pools.
Sea Lion Interaction UAE is both educational and fun for the family, while the Family and Kids Park Zoo will give children endless entertainment.
Where to Stay:
5* Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi from £809 per person, on a half board basis including return direct flights from Edinburgh with Etihad Airways, including all taxes.
Surrounded by the exciting attractions of Yas Island and boasting views over the Yas Marina Circuit. It offers seven restaurants, two roof top pools and luxury spa.
5*+ Emirates Palace from £955 per person, on a bed & breakfast basis including return direct flights from Edinburgh with Etihad Airways, including all taxes.
Designed in the style of a grand oriental palace surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens on a stretch of white sandy beach. Pure luxury, indulgence and opulence awaits.
5*+ St Regis Saadiyat Island from £899 per person, on a half board basis including return direct flights from Edinburgh with Etihad Airways, including all taxes.
Nestled between Saadiyat Island’s white sandy beach and the famous Saadiyat Beach Gold course in the heart of Abu Dhabi. It boasts five swimming pools, private beach luxury spa.
For the full list of Abu Dhabi resorts and deals, click here.