11 April 2018
Explore the fascinating delights of Abu Dhabi for a whirlwind getaway. Fly to the Emirati capital with airline Etihad, allowing you to experience true luxury before landing in this cosmopolitan destination for your dream getaway.
Take to the skies with Etihad and enjoy a completely reimagined flying experience. The Abu Dhabi-based airline operates services to a long list of destinations around the world, maintaining the highest standard of service across every flight. Choose from a variety of cabins with Etihad including economy class, whose ‘smart seats’ promote optimum comfort and business class, which comes with incredibly spacious seats. Fly in first class with your own private suite complete with a leather seat that converts into a bed. Onboard enjoy varied inflight entertainment including over 140 movies, seven live TV channels and up to 60 interactive games, so your time onboard will fly by.
Etihad is committed to strengthening local and national communities. As part of this mission, the airline is hosting various humanitarian initiatives as part of the UAE’s ‘Year of Zayed’ in 2018, which is being held to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founding father, Sheikh Zayed. This man had a pronounced impact on the development of Abu Dhabi, so if you’re intrigued to learn more about him, there’s never been a better time to visit the Emirate. Fly here with Etihad as a first class traveller and take advantage of the Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa in Abu Dhabi Airport with its five-star service, fine-dining prepared by in-house chefs and bespoke spa treatments, before heading out to explore.
Here are some suggestions for where to stay and what to see in Abu Dhabi…
There is a range of luxurious five-star hotels to choose from in Abu Dhabi. Prepare for five-star luxury at the Emirates Palace which boasts a private marina and pristine 1.3km beach, award-winning cuisine and sumptuous rooms with classic Arabian furnishings. The five-star Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is another top hotel, as the property is located near iconic attractions such as the Grand Mosque and has a private sandy beach. While staying at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi relax by the pool in private cabanas, enjoy unique four-handed massages in the 21,500-square foot spa and dine on lavish fare.
Another of the Emirate’s top hotels is the Yas Viceroy. Situated on the edge of the idyllic Yas Marina, this five-star elegantly designed property features 11 chic dining and lounge venues serving everything from homemade pasta to vegan dishes, and it’s based near the iconic Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit. You could also stay at the popular St Regis Saadiyat Island, a beachfront award-winning property. This Mediterranean-style hotel provides 24-hour butler service, three pools, a private beach, five dining outlets and a package which includes afternoon tea at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Immerse yourself in artistic genius by visiting the Emirate’s newest star attraction, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Designed by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, this striking structure boasts a dome which creates an arresting ‘rain of light’ effect when hit by sunlight. It houses a broad selection of objects and artworks of cultural, historical and sociological importance from various civilisations throughout time. Among the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s 600 works of art, you’ll discover cultural gems such as Claude Monet's ‘Gare Saint-Lazare’ and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Munti’, as well as a Qur’an which dates back to the Mamluk period and other historic religious artefacts.
Thrill-seekers will be interested to learn that a Warner Bros theme park will be opening in Abu Dhabi in June 2018. Based on Yas Island, this vast complex will feature six immersive ‘lands’ where you can discover exciting experiences as you meet your favourite Warner Bros characters. Step back in time by heading to the ‘Bedrock’ area, where you can tour the pre-historic town from The Flintstones. Go on high-speed rides inspired by Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner in the desert-esque ‘Dynamite Gulch’ Section. Hang with Batman in ‘Gotham City’, go on adventures with Bugs Bunny in ‘Cartoon Junction’ or dine in the art deco-style restaurants lining the Golden Age of Hollywood-inspired ‘Warner Bros Plaza’!
A range of exciting attractions awaits in Abu Dhabi. Travel out to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, known for its Swarovski-adorned Chandeliers and ornate marble pillars, to immerse yourself in Emirati culture. Delve into the region’s intriguing past by visiting Al Ain, where you’ll find the 19th century Al Jahili Fort, which provides impressive tours. Al Ain is also home to a lush oasis, where you can stroll along palm-lined paths and learn about the region’s ancient irrigation system. The Emirate hosts picturesque shores you can visit including Yas Beach where you can try water sports like catamaran sailing and the blue flag Corniche Beach, where you can soak up the sun on golden sands!