Abu Dhabi

88°
64° - January
66° - February
73° - March
79° - April
88° - May
91° - June
95° - July
97° - August
91° - September
84° - October
77° - November
68° - December
May avg
$162
Avg Hotel
$1,230
Est. Airfare

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Admittedly, Abu Dhabi is drastically different from what many imagine it to be, but that's only because it exceeds most imaginations. It's a luxurious beach vacation with 200 natural islands and 400 kilometers of coastline. It's an adventurer's dream with falconry and dune bashing. It's a posh sanctuary of high-rise towers, glittering palaces and high-end shopping. And it's a historian's playground with the world's largest mosques, desert camps, and oases. One of the coolest things about this Arabian haven is all of the ways available for you to explore all it has to offer-hot air balloons across the desert, helicopter excursions, and bus, camel, and boat tours. Whatever you choose to do in Abu Dhabi, rest assured that this will be a vacation filled with adventure and culture.
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    Abu Dhabi

    09/20/13
    I have just heard of Abu Dhabi. I believe it's will be an unforgettable trip.
    José

    Melting Pot of the Middle East

    09/20/13
    American female traveling alone in the Middle East; my parents didn't like it and my husband didn't want for me to travel alone, but I wanted to do it…I had to do it. 8 years since I have traveled overseas by myself to explore new land. All the solo traveling I have done in between has been through the U.S. of A.

    The Middle East – an Arab Nation; most Americans immediately think DANGER at the word of it. That is sad. Not even I could say what I was getting myself into, but what I did know was that danger was the last thing on my mind. Come on, Abu Dhabi, Dubai – this is the melting pot of the Middle East. I don’t think there is anywhere in the world where you can sit down for a cup of tea and hear Arabic, English, Hindi, French, Korean, Thai and French all within an earshot of each other. There is no travel guide you could ever read that could prepare you for the experience; it can only happen once you engage with the local community.

    Abu Dhabi is very family oriented for cultures of all sorts. It is easy to take day trips to other cities through the country (like Dubai & Al Ain). You MUST make a stop a the country's largest Mosque, where all are welcome, but ladies you must wear the proper coverings and they will provide for you, Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Abu Dhabi, is slightly more consevative than Dubai, however, a female traveling alone would have no problem getting around on their own. In fact, I have loved it there so much, I have been 6 times more since my first visit.

    Hospitality is amazing
    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I found that if curious and you ask, people love to tell you about their culture and why they do the things they do.
    I found it mystic and soothing to walk through the streets during prayer time and hear the prayers over the speakers throughout the streets.
    Food – you can get everything and anything you want. The only type of restaurants I didn't see was South American or Mexican flavor.
    I was disappointed the hotels were hesitant to send you to the true local eateries, but then again I feel hotels around the world are always hesitant on that topic.
    Camel Races – there is no race track, but is a long 5k (distance depends on the race) long chute through the desert. Paths along each side of the chute and you drive along the side of the camels to watch the race. It is amazing to see. *Note, it is not something women normally go to...I was the only one there.
    On my quest to find something special for my husband I found myself at the Souk and wondered into a traditional Arabic men’s clothing store. The man barely spoke a word of English and started to apologize to me for it. I said to him that I am the one who should be apologizing for not speaking a word of Arabic…and we hit it off. After finding my special gift (beautiful cuff-links) I starting asking him details about the clothing men wear, what it is, how to accessorize etc. He was excited to show me everything (and without trying to sell me anything) Before I left, he told me to wait as he walked into the back room and returned with a head scarf. Very carefully he wrapped it over my head and insisted I take it, telling me that the next time I come back to his country to stop by again.

    Travel Notes:
    Unexpected Restaurant – Ponderosa Steakhouse
    Petrol – full service and costs about 75 cents a liter
    Tap Water – I drank it. Is is safe? I didn't get sick from it and no one told me not to drink it.
    Beaches – beautiful and clean, but you have to pay to enter. Worth it though. ($1.50)
    Shopping – better than anywhere I have ever been in the world! Most stores give you the option to pay in your currency if you are using credit card.
    Driving – easy, highways are in great condition, traffic in the cities get congested. There is a lot of construction, so you will find the main roads marked well, but the side streets you better know where you are going because they aren't marked at all. I never used a map getting from city to city.
    Food – expensive at the hotels. Cheap on in the local eateries…very cheap. I ate lunch for under $2.00.
    Crime – hardly any. I was surprised to hear that people actually leave their cars and houses unlocked in the city!
    Ketchup – I have no clue why they serve it with everything, even my pizza.
    English – spoken almost everywhere and most people will approach you in English.
    Dress – Dubai you will see everything expect for bun hugger shorts. Abu Dhabi, you want to keep your arms and legs covered. The further remote you get, the more you want to cover, including your head. Al Ain, I wore long sleeves, long pants and a head cover and wish I had wore more.
    News – great world coverage
    Smoking – everywhere…yuck.
    Dining Service – that of something between American and European service. Mainly seat yourself, unless the place takes reservations.
    Visit Again? - definitely! My curiosity has been sparked me to want to see more of this area of the world.
    Kimberly

    Waiting for a flight??

    09/15/13
    You have to wait for your flight? Don't worries, just share a taxi and go into the city center of Abu Dhabi!! By local bus it’s also possible but it took us ages to get from Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque into the city... Local busses are always funny but not if you have to catch your flight.... ;-)
    Even as a girl alone I would go, people are friendly and very helpful in perfect English!! And it's soooo clean out there!! ;-)

    Annelies

    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    This architectural work of art is one the world's largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by the world's largest chandeliers - 10 meters in diameter, 15 meters in height and weighing twelve tons. The mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
    Cost: Free
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    Emirates Palace

    No visit to Abu Dhabi is complete without a visit or a luxurious stay at the Emirates Palace. The majestic Emirates Palace is one of Abu Dhabi’s iconic landmarks that combine the ultimate in luxury, technology and finest Arabian hospitality. Located on its own private beach, the beautiful palace is built of gold and marble by international talents to create the breathtaking resort and conference venue. The hotel’s grounds include 394 rooms and suites, 15 restaurants, a cultural Bedouin tent with camel rides, two landscaped pools, spa, tennis courts and fitness center as well as a marina that accommodates up to 167 yachts. (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo-Regina Busse)
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    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the first public institution in the United Arab Emirates providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons. The Hospital has become the largest falcon hospital in the world with more than 7,000 falcons examined and treated annually. The “Falcon World Tour” offers an exciting, educational and interactive tour of falcons from history to modern times. You won't want to miss this! (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo-Cody Easterbrook)
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    Arabian Nights Village

    The Arabian Nights Village (ANV) is a desert oasis outside of Abu Dhabi in its heritage heartland, Al Ain. ANV provides a complete desert retreat with many activities from dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding, henna painting, a resort pool, local cuisines and even overnight accommodations for those who desire desert star-gazing. Make ANV your own desert encampment and experience the essence of old Arabia or simply relax in the pool and watch the magnificent desert sunset. (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo-Tyson Mayr)
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    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    It's fast and furious fun for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world's first Ferrari-branded theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. The park tells the Ferrari story with passion and excitement through more than 20 rides and attractions, interactive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences. (Photo Credit: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi)
    Cost: 240 AED
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    Yas Marina Circuit

    One of the world’s most advanced Grand Prix venues, Yas Marina Circuit is the home of to the annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The venue offers a year-long calendar of motorsports and entertainment - including go-karting. Embrace this thrilling sport by racing your family and friends at Kartzone! (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo)
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    Mezlai Restaurant, Fine Dining Emirati Cuisine, at Emirates Palace

    For an exquisite taste of Emirati cuisine, visit Mezlai at the Emirates Place. The first dedicated Emirati cuisine restaurant in the UAE considered one of the finest restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Mezlai’s dining experience is like no other. Dine on the outdoor terrace and savor the incredible of the Arabian Gulf in front of you and the Emirates Palace behind. (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo-Regina Busse)
    Cost: $$$$
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    Date Souk at Al Mina Fruit & Vegetable Market

    Dates hold an important place in Arabian heritage as a vital source of nutrition. Today, there are more than 300 different kinds of dates found in the UAE with piles and trays of the finest varieties found in a special section of the Al Mina Vegetable & Fruit Souk located on 20th Street at the port. Lining this section of the souk are small shops that offer dates, figs, date syrup and a selection of other dried goods. The shop keepers are very friendly and often offer fruit samples. You’ll even find some dates dipped in chocolate, stuffed with almonds or candied orange peel. No matter which date appeases your palate, these make great edible souvenirs for friends and family back home. (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo)
    Cost: Free
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    Mina Fish Souk

    Early risers can head to the Fisk Souk at Mina Zayed Free Port to catch the action as fishermen unload an astonishing array of freshly caught fish onto the dock and prepare for a day of haggling. This Fish Souk offers visitors a fascinating insight into the way traditional business is done in Abu Dhabi. (Photo Credit: Jauntaroo-Cody Easterbrook)
    Cost: Free
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    Abu Dhabi Corniche

    The Corniche Road spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children's play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafes and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach - a lifeguarded beach park. (Photo Credit: Visit Abu Dhabi)
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    Yas Waterworld

    For a full day experience, this futuristic Yas Island waterpark spans an area of around 15 football fields, with 43 rides, slides & attractions - five of which are one-of-a-kind.
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    Al Ain Zoo

    This 900 hectare park near the base of Jebel Hafeet is where visitors can see a large animal collection in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics and also playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area.
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    Jabel Hafit

    Jabel Hafit is a craggy mountain amidst the desert. The tourist attractions in this place are the different kinds of flora and fauna. From this mountain you can also enjoy magnificent view of the Empty Quarter. The added attractions are several caves, sites of archeological excavations, and a resort with a hot spring.

    Arabian Wildlife Park

    On Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Wildlife Park is home to more than 10,000 free roaming animals and takes up more than half of the island.
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    Hili Fun City

    This flagship family entertainment destination in Al Ain as been a firm favorite since opening in 1985 when it became the Gulf's first theme park.
    Cost: From AED 35
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    Planning Tip

    Abu Dhabi is approximately 75 miles from Dubai – another Jauntaroo destination. The roads are quite good and by bus it takes about 90-120 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

    Language

    Arabic

    Currency

    [AED] UAE Dirham

    Airports

    Abu Dhabi International Airport [AUH]