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Yas Island is known as Abu Dhabi’s entertainment district and it never fails to deliver. Make a stop at Yas Waterworld, a waterpark which spans around 15 football pitches and features a whopping 43 rides and then head to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to experience the fastest rollercoaster in the world - the Formula Rossa. If you’re a golf lover, be sure to pay a visit to the award winning Yas Links Golf Course, the only Links Course in Arabia. If that wasn’t enough, 2018 sees the opening of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi which will bring together superheroes such as Batman and Superman with Warner Bros.’ iconic animated properties such as Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry proving fun for all the family!

If luxury is more your thing, look no further than Abu Dhabi as the perfect holiday destination! Visit a selection of 5* hotels including Yas Viceroy, the only hotel in the world to span an F1 track, and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers which provides a 360° view of the city from its Observation Deck at 300. Indulge in a fantastic array of cuisines from American to Spanish, Indian to French and explore the countless malls which feature luxury brands galore. With beaches too, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to relaxation. For some surf, sun and sand, enjoy a day out on some of Abu Dhabi’s soft white beaches and chill out in the range of beach clubs available such as Saadiyat Beach Club which features an outdoor swimming pool, a workout room, a spa, sauna and steam rooms…

Abu Dhabi offers activities that will offer you a non-stop adrenaline rush! Kayak the natural mangrove forests dotted around the plethora of islands in view of the rising Abu Dhabi city skyline, or head out to the desert for a day of dune bashing through the sand valleys and finish with an Arabian Barbeque as the sun goes down. If you want a challenge that gets your heart rate up, why not cycle around the famous F1 track where the likes of drivers such as Lewis Hamilton have raced!?

The recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi has put the Emirate on the cultural map for tourists and locals alike. The museum, having been designed by the award-winning architect Jean Nouvel and displaying an impressive 600 works of art featuring greats such as Leonardo Da Vinci's La Belle Ferronniere, and Jacques-Louis David's Napoleon Crossing the Alps, is a must-see! To experience UAE heritage at its finest, pay a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques boasting 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet perhaps explaining why it is ranked Number 2 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks Around the World. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site by taking a 90 minute drive out to Al Ain where you can explore the picturesque forts, palaces and oases.

Abu Dhabi can be split into four different regions, all of which feature their own array of hotels:

Yas Island is a 30 minute drive from the city centre (only 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi International airport) and features Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the famous Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Mall.

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The Corniche spans an impressive 8 km of waterfront and city skyline, all the hotels located here offer stunning views out over the sea as well as being the perfect location for an after-dinner stroll.

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The Grand Canal is a short 20 minute drive from Abu Dhabi International airport and separates the mainland from the Abu Dhabi Island. All hotels here overlook the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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Saadiyat Island is a 10 minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International airport and features the Louvre Abu Dhabi as well as the glorious Saadiyat Beach.

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BEST TIME TO GO...

The best time to visit is during the winter months (November to February), when the temperature hovers pleasantly around the mid-20’s C. Visits during the blazing summer are possible, although temperatures can reach the high 40’s at this time, so locals mostly seek shelter in the city’s air conditioned skyscrapers. The Holy Month of Ramadan is the period when Muslims fast during daylight hours, and during this time, you may find restaurants are closed and alcohol restrictions are in place at the hotels.


FAST FACTS

Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham.
Language: English and Arabic.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 7 hours.
Arrival Airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Entry details (for British passport holders): You do not need to obtain a visa before departure, a 30 day visa will be issued on arrival. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk

Public Holidays: Ramadan starts mid-May 2018 (dates to be confirmed in May). Ramadan is the Holy Month when Muslims fast during daylight hours. Restaurants may be closed during the day and alcohol restrictions may apply at hotels.


HERE TO HELP

A local Thomas Cook Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and direct you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You will receive a welcome pack containing local information and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel and should you need advice during your stay, local representatives will make regular visits to your resort.


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