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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Stopovers

An island city on the rise. The modern U.A.E. capital presents a captivating mix of tradition and fast-moving progression.

Sometimes overshadowed by it's glamorous sister, Dubai, Abu Dhabi is an exciting stopover destination in its own right.

Palaces, lush gardens, beaches, theme parks - you name it, Abu Dhabi has it. Or soon will have.

To experience the splendour of this ludicrously wealthy city, a visit to the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must. With room for 40,000 worshippers, it's one of the largest mosques in the world. Covered in marble and semi-precious stones, the mosque also boasts the world's largest hand-made carpet and largest chandelier. Unlike most mosques, tourists can visit daily (apart from Friday mornings) and access is free.

Of course, shopping is a popular pastime in Abu Dhabi. But, if you're looking for a more relaxing afternoon, a bike ride along the Corniche is just the thing? The city's waterfront promenade stretches for  six kilometres and offers a spectacular backdrop of downtown Abu Dhabi. Dotted with sandy beaches, as well as parks and sheesha cafés, visit in the evening and the area comes alive.

If it's adventure you seek, a range of desert activities await. From camel riding to off-road driving, there are plenty of ways you can experience the Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter). As the world's largest uninterrupted sand mass, its golden expanse and enormous dunes will blow you away.

What to do in Abu Dhabi

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Places to stay in Abu Dhabi

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Abu Dhabi holiday.

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Traveller's guide

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    Useful information

    Currency: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED)

    Language: Arabic, though English is widely spoken

    Time difference: GMT +4

    Airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport (code: AUH)

    Visa: British passport holders do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 30 days in Abu Dhabi.

    Climate: Like its neighbour, Dubai, Abu Dhabi is hot and sunny year round. The summer months of April to October average highs of 40°C with August the hottest month. Winter from January to March averages a pleasant 25°C. November to February sees the city’s main rainfall which is minimal, while May to July can bring the odd sandstorm.

    Approximate flying times

    If you're thinking about stopping over in Abu Dhabi, here's a rough guide of flying times from London, and then on to Australia and New Zealand.

    London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi = 7 hours 30 minutes

    Abu Dhabi to Sydney = 14 hours
    Abu Dhabi to Melbourne = 14 hours
    Abu Dhabi to Cairns = 18 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop

    Abu Dhabi to Auckland = 19 hours + 1 stop
    Abu Dhabi to Christchurch = 19 hours + 1 stop

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