Abu Dhabi conjures picture-book images of beautiful blue skies, powder-white beaches and glittering skyscrapers. World-class hotels, exhilarating theme parks, superlative shopping, great cultural attractions, championship golf, wonderful wildlife and desert adventures all lie in wait in the UAE capital.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Visa requirements: British citizens can get a visitor’s visa on arrival in the UAE for 30 days
Time zone: GMT + 4
Language: Arabic, but English is widely spoken and signs are in English, too
Population: 1.206 million
Electricity: 230V and 50Hz, plug sockets have three rectangular pins, as in the UK
Tipping policy: Tipping is common. High-end restaurants may add a ten per cent service charge and a six per cent tourism levy to your bill. If you are very happy with the service, it is quite common to leave a tip on top of the already included fees and service charges. If these charges are not included, then you may like to add a ten to 15 per cent tip to the total bill
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Abu Dhabi (average flight time: 7h): Dublin, London Heathrow, Manchester
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, January
Abu Dhabi Classics, a classical music festival, May
Abu Dhabi Summer Season, July to September
Formula 1 Etihad Airways
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, November
Mubadala World Tennis Championship, December
British tourists are unable to get married in Abu Dhabi. Non-residents can, however, have a blessing in the destination following a wedding.
Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are not legal in the United Arab Emirates.