With the cold weather in the UK showing no signs of going away anytime soon, it is only natural that your attention may have turned to thinking about booking a holiday later in the year.
But, where may you be planning on going?
There are so many great options available these days across a range of continents, but one location which seems to be growing in popularity is the United Arab Emirates, and cities like Dubai and the country’s capital of Abu Dhabi. According to Arabian Business, the latter welcomed around 4.6 million tourists in 2019 and, with it boasting a range of exciting attractions, it is hard to bet against the area beating that figure this year.
But, if you were planning a trip to Abu Dhabi, what would be the key attractions and locations you need to visit? Here we offer up a few suggestions.
Whether you’re travelling with family or friends, one area of Abu Dhabi you simply cannot miss is the incredible tourist location of Yas Island.
The area is home to a host of different attractions for visitors of all ages to enjoy, including theme parks such as the incredible Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and the spectacular fun of Yas Waterworld. Motorsport fans will also not want to miss the incredible Ferrari World too, while the island is of course home to the track which hosts the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There is so much to experience here; luckily, there is the option of taking up a package that combines your accommodation with access to some of these attractions.
However, while there are plenty of thrills and spills to be had on Yas Island, there are other places to explore in Abu Dhabi. For instance, the waterfront of Corniche Road is a sheer delight to take in and not far from the Marina Mall, the perfect stop for any shopaholic. Home to more than 400 retail outlets, the mall’s total size is equivalent to 44 football pitches.
A taste of city living
Of course, many people choose to move to Abu Dhabi rather than only holidaying there and, as you can see on Bayut, annual rents in the city can start from around AED 12,000 – or £2,519 – for a studio apartment. If you’re keen to get a taste of what it would be like to live in the city, you should visit an area like Al Raha.
The location is famous as both a residential and commercial area, while it also features stunning areas such as the Al Raha Beach Hotel. The site is home to 278 rooms, suites, and villas, as well as eight restaurants and a spa.
Finally, while Abu Dhabi is home to stunning architecture of all kinds, one building you simply have to see is the incredible Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One of the largest structures of its kind anywhere in the world, it is a truly impressive sight and is also notably home to what is believed to be the largest carpet ever made.
An exciting holiday option
Few cities feature such a wide range of awe-inspiring attractions than Abu Dhabi, and it is undoubtedly an exciting option to consider as you plan your breaks for this year and beyond.
If you do make it out there, the places mentioned above are undoubtedly worth checking out.