The incredible architecture which has been founded on the United Arab Emirates' oil wealth is well known, but this thoroughly modern city is now seeking to heavily promote tourism and, with assets such as some of the world's most luxurious hotels, large, lush gardens and parks, a number of top-quality beaches, and duty-free shopping, it has all the assets needed to join the league of the world's most prestigious holiday destinations
Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven Arab Emirates, and has a coastline stretching to about 250 miles, so it isn't surprising that there are plenty of beaches awaiting you on your package holiday or all-inclusive holiday. Some of the best belong to the major hotel chains, but day passes can be bought. These also give you the chance to enjoy a drink or a meal in five-star luxury.
Abu Dhabi is also synonymous with high-end shopping. Indeed, the city holds an annual shopping festival every March, when the already well-priced duty-free goods can be bought at even bigger discounts. The Old Souk (market) is a great place to track down clothes and electronic goods at any time, while any of a number of prestigious shopping malls will give you the chance to seriously stretch your wallet or purse.
As befits a location with such a long coastline, seafood features heavily on Abu Dhabi restaurant menus, with a good concentration of restaurants to be found in the Corniche. International tastes, including French, Italian and even western-style steak houses, are also well catered for. This area, in a park-lined coastal boulevard that skirts the city, with a backdrop of modern buildings facing the sea, is also one of the most picturesque parts of Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, in the heart of the city, is a must-see for a tantalising glimpse of original Bedouin life. Further afield in the region, there are numerous sights worth venturing to visit, including the Liwa and Qattarah Oases, the Jebel Hafit Mountains, and Hili Gardens.
An Abu Dhabi holiday literally offers you untold riches to see and experience. If you want a taste of the high life of this prosperous part of the world, but can't run to Dubal prices, then see whether you can track down late deals and offers on an Abu Dhabi break from The Co-operative Travel.