Abu Dhabi is the heritage savvy capital of the UAE and just two hours drive from Dubai. It’s where to find the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UAE, as well as the first Louvre Museum outside France. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque dominates the city’s dazzling skyline and Sir Bani Yas Island has now been designated a ‘World Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination’.
Al Ain is the UAE’s only World Heritage site and the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlement – less than two hours’ drive from Abu Dhabi city.
The world’s largest expanse of sand, Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), covers four Arab states and the historic oasis of Liwa in Abu Dhabi is one of the main gateways to this natural wonder.
Direct flights all year round from London with a flying time of just over 7 hours.
Year round sunshine with temperatures between 22 and 25˚C in December and January, rising to 35˚C in August.
Abu Dhabi’s built on 200 islands, so it’s the only emirate for natural island-hopping.
Sitting on the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi has dozens of white sand beaches, mangrove forests, oases, wadis and the UAE’s only links golf course.
Everyone drives everywhere in the UAE and hiring a car is the best way to explore Abu Dhabi with kids and give yourself freedom to visit more of the islands and historic areas. If you want to avoid driving, resorts will arrange transport or tours to major sites and taxis are easy and inexpensive for getting around different city districts.