Imagine relaxing on pristine white sand beaches with a stunning turquoise sea spread out before you. This is a picture perfect moment experienced by travelers in one of the world’s top travel destinations: Abu Dhabi. Yet, there’s so much more to experience, and here are some ideas of things to do on your visit to Abu Dhabi!

Located in the United Arab Emirates, this was once a primary route for the pearl trade, then everything changed after oil was discovered, Now, the capital city of Abu Dhabi offers luxury travel at affordable prices. The winter months, from from November to April, are a popular time to visit Abu Dhabi because the temperatures are lower, around 24°C (75°F). Do bring a light jacket or shawl for the chilly nights, and get out and enjoy local events, and the beauty of the region.


Embrace The Beauty Of Abu Dhabi On A Cruise

While you could lounge on the beach, why not head out on one of several cruises and discover the beauty of Abu Dhabi. The name of this capital city actually means “Father of the Gazelle” and you’ll be able to spot these beautiful creatures and other wildlife on a Day Cruise In Abu Dhabi. Guide’s take you through the mangrove islands, and along the coast to capture picture perfect shots of the Abu Dhabi skyline and ancient sights.

To add a romantic touch to your Abu Dhabi trip consider a Sunset Cruise. Your voyage begins at the famed Yas Marina on Yas Island, then cruises past the Al Raha Beach. While on the cruise you’ll sail past the Samaliyah Island to view a traditional Emirati settlement. Along the way, you’ll also spot local wildlife, and scenic views of Abu Dhabi before the sun sets.

Adventures Await On A Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

Have you ever rode along the sand dunes in Michigan? If not, then here’s a chance to experience the thrill of the sport on a Abu Dhabi Desert Safari. Your guide will pick you up for this half day adventure that takes you to a camel farm to meet these cherished animals of the desert. Afterwards, you’re off on a adventurous ride in the 4×4 land cruiser that will slide up and down on the steep slopes of the desert dunes. Children and adults alike can take a camel ride, enjoy watching the belly dancing performance, and other activities before settling down for the BBQ Dinner buffet.

Dress The Part On A Souk Abu Dhabi Tour

On the UAE Costume Photography and Souk Abu Dhabi Tour you’ll dress the part in traditional UAE costumes, and take home memorable photo’s of your experience. Afterwards, you’ll head out on the town to the Abu Dhabi Souk, where you’ll explore the numerous boutique shops. This is a great time to pick up traditional items, antique ornaments, or perfumes. While at the Central Market you can also sample sweets and other tasty regional delights.

Emirates Palace: The Cultural Hub Of Abu Dhabi

One of the cultural hub’s within the city is the Emirates Palace, which has 400 luxury rooms and suites. While there you must visit the Barakat Gallery that has a stunning collection of ancient art from around the world. The 5 star resort host several events including the Abu Dhabi Classics concert series, as well as the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. In November, motor sports fans from around the world will unite for the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Coming in April and May, the Emirates Palace welcomes athletes from around the globe for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. As one of the most thrilling triathlon events in the world you can expect records to be broken. Catch the 65 fastest male and female elite athletes’ in action as they race on a spectator-friendly lap course. Age groups athletes will also compete at the same venue over 3 race distances that include Sprint, Olympic and Maxi. And, the young triathletes will get their chance over the weekend to compete in the Junior Aquathlon aimed at athletes as young as 5.

Imagination’s Soar At The Al Ain Air Championship

Another event not to miss is the Al Ain Air Championship that brings together mix of military teams and civilian daredevils from around the world, who will battle in a three-day series of head-to-head competition heats. Previously known as Al Ain Aerobatic Show, the Al Ain Air Championship will include daredevil pilots, gravity-defying wing-walkers, parachutists and a new-to-the-region aircraft line-up. Plus, there will be a massive 60,000 square meter Championship Village offering a wide range of aircraft displays, interactive activities, a dedicated family area, food trucks, and exciting musical entertainment each evening after the flying competition has finished for the day.

Aviation experts and celebrity judges will keep score as the flying aces face off in four different style categories. You can get in on the voting through the interactive digital system that will also count towards competitor point totals. For aviation fans to have a direct say in which team walks off with the new Championship trophy adds an extra touch of excitement to the event, which will crown the winner during the spectacular closing ceremony in mid December.

Interesting Facts:

Did You Know: The five-star Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi was recently the site of the Tennis at The Palace Tournament. The event featured both singles and double tournaments played by some of the grand slam legends of the game, including Tim Henman, Pat Cash, Richard Kraijchek, Mikael Pernfors, Peter McNamara, Younes El Aynaoui and trick shot specialist Mansour Bahrami. After the Tennis at the Palace tournaments guests enjoyed an evening of tennis and glamour with Wimbledon Ladies Champions Marion Bartoli and Jana Novotna. To learn more about the event that inspired international buzz visit their website.

Who better to help you plan your trip than travel experts who know the region like those at
My Abu Dhabi Holidays. From helping you plan activities and tours, to experiencing Abu Dhabi’s cultural treasures and culinary delights, the friendly and professional travel experts at My Abu Dhabi Holidays make it easy to plan the ultimate vacation.

To explore more about upcoming events, cultural treasures, and more to experience on your trip go to the Visit Abu Dhabi website.

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With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - where she shares more of travel interests.


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