Cheap flights to Abu Dhabi
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Book your cheap flight to Abu Dhabi to enjoy:
- a game of golf in a spectacular location
- a trip to Ferrari World
- a spot of shopping at one of the local souks
Abu Dhabi lies on a roughly T-shaped island in the Persian Gulf and is the largest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, with a population of 1.6 million that is rising fast due to the large number of overseas workers contributing to the booming economy.
The city and its surroundings have an arid, sub-tropical climate with year round sunshine, little rainfall and wonderfully mild winter temperatures with even the coldest winter nights still in double figures. Even so, strange as it may seem, when packing for your cheap flight to Abu Dhabi, don't forget to pack a jumper or jacket to wear inside as air conditioning in malls and other buildings is often turned to maximum power!
Arabic is the official language of Abu Dhabi, though English is also widely spoken. Road signs and many shop signs are in both languages. Arabic isn't the easiest language to learn, but at its best has a very poetic quality. Using just a few basic phrases such as "Salaam" (hello) or "Shukran" (thank you) will be greatly appreciated by locals.
See and do
Abu Dhabi has plenty to see and do from the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World (the world’s largest indoor theme park), the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the peaceful Liwa desert, home to some of the tallest sand dunes on earth.
Popular landmarks include the dizzying Etihad towers and two very different hotels: the old-world luxury of the Emirates Palace hotel and the super-modern Yas Viceroy hotel which testifies to the locals' love of fast cars by the fact that it is the only hotel in the world to straddle a Formula 1 racetrack!
History buffs will relish the fact that Abu Dhabi is far more richly endowed with historic and cultural sites than any of the other emirates. The ancient oasis city of Al Ain is a must-see, dotted with archaeological sites, while the striking Al Jahili fort is also well worth a visit.
Abu Dhabi also has a reputation as the safest city in the Middle East with virtually no crime to speak of – another important factor in helping tourists to relax and feel at home.
Getting around is easy. While most tourists rely on taxis and hotel transfers, which are reasonably priced, it's also worthwhile to ride the cheap, spotless and air conditioned buses to get a real feel for the place.