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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Abu Dhabi This Winter

By Alex O'Dwyer

Are you dreaming of warm sunshine and sandy beaches and escaping the cold Irish winter? Then stop dreaming and start planning a trip to the winter sun in Abu Dhabi. With its pristine beaches, year-round sunshine and countless activities it is an ideal holiday destination for all ages. And, with twice daily flights to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways, it couldn’t be easier to get to.

Here are our top 5 things to do on a holiday to Abu Dhabi.


1. Ferrari World

If you’re looking for something adventurous to do on a holiday to Abu Dhabi then feed your need for speed at Ferrari World. Experience the world’s fastest roller-coaster as well as other Ferrari racing rides and interactive theatres in this Ferrari-branded theme park. You can even learn all about Ferrari’s car design history while viewing some of the unique models.


2. Louvre Abu Dhabi


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The arrival of the Louvre Abu Dhabi means Adu Dhabi is now firmly on the map as a cultural destination. It is the first museum of its kind in the Middle East, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art and more museums are to open over the next few years. Artwork from around the world is showcased at the museum, with many of loan from the Louvre in Paris. Opened in November 2017, this museum is definitely worth the visit on an Abu Dhabi holiday.


3. Yas Island

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Yas Island is not to be missed when visiting Abu Dhabi. This island has something for everyone. You can stay in the 5* Yas Viceroy which is built on top of the famous Yas Marina Circuit that is home to the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Grand Prix. Here you can bring out your competitive side in the Kartzone or try one of the many driving experiences available. Visit Yas Waterworld to see some one-of-a-kind rides in this water park. Yas Island also has abundance of restaurants and shopping outlets like Yas Mall – and of course the famous Yas Beach for when you just want to relax.


4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Explore the incredible architectural work of one of the world’s largest mosques - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This mosque features 82 domes, over 1000 columns and the main prayer hall contains the world’s largest hand knotted carpet and one of the world’s largest chandeliers. Not to be missed! Tours are available daily, but the Sunset Tour allows you to see the unique lighting system that reflects the phases of the moon.


5. Emirates Palace

Be mesmerised by the Emirates Palace which is one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular landmarks. This is the world’s most expensive hotel where you can find over 1000 chandeliers throughout the 7* hotel. You can stroll through this luxurious hotel while admiring the gold leaf interior and sipping on a cappuccino sprinkled with 24 carat gold flakes.

These are just some of the many things to do and see in Abu Dhabi and, with Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi on the way; it is becoming even more of a bucket list destination. Discover it all for yourself on a Budget Travel holiday to Abu Dhabi from Dublin with Etihad Airways. See our 5 nights specials this Winter from €579 including return flights with Etihad Airways.


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