New flights to United Arab Emirates

On October 29 airBaltic is launching new flights from Riga to Abu Dhabi located just an hour and 40 minutes’ drive from Dubai. The journey with our brand new Bombardier CS300 takes only six hours. Book your tickets now, from 129 EUR one way – when autumn hits, this extra friendly price will no longer be available!



About Dubai

Dubai, the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Located along the Southeast Coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the perfect mix of Arabian tradition, Bedouin heritage and modern glamour. 

With white sand beaches, the world's tallest skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and an intriguing culture, Dubai is a destination you will never forget.



About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the wealthiest and teritorially largest of the seven Arab Emirates. The capital – also called Abu Dhabi – is the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates and is located on an island in the Persian Gulf about an hour and 40 minutes’ drive from Dubai.

Unlike the bustling and business-oriented city of Dubai, Abu Dhabi provides a more exquisite and authentic Middle Eastern feeling and is a great place for a relaxing holiday.

Sun, sea and family

Abu Dhabi has plenty of wonderful beaches. Corniche is one of the most popular among them, stretching along a 9 km promenade lined with both walking and cycling paths, gorgeous parks, and with the Marine Eye ferris wheel.

Yas Waterworld is a territory of the size of 15 football fields with countless rides, slides and attractions, grand waves for surfing and a 550 m long roller coaster.

See animals from around the world at the Emirates Park Zoo or take a ride in a custom made vehicle in Arabian Wildlife Park, home to over 10 000 free-roaming animals characteristic to the Arabian peninsula.

Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy a wide array of activities – from kiteboarding, wakeboarding, SUP riding, kayaking and jetskiing to diving and snorkeling, offered by the many active leisure clubs in the city.

Arabian culture and extraordinary experience

The symbol of Abu Dhabi, the white Sheikh Zayed mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. Its 82 white towers on a backdrop of a bright blue sky, massive crystal chandeliers and large ornate carpet will make you feel like you have been transported into an Arabian fairy tale.

Right at the city border lies Rub Al Khali, the largest sand deserts in the world, spreading across 650 000 square km. Tickle your nerves on a 4x4 ride over giant sand dunes, go on a camelback ride or spend a night in a camping under a starry desert sky.

For a truly local feel, head to one of the markets. The fish market takes place every morning at the main harbour, whereas the central Al Ain Souk is the place to negotiate the best price for spices, perfumes, jewellery and silk.

To feel as local as you possibly can, visit a camel race – these take place in the winter season in the dedicated racetrack just outside of the city.

Travel into the future to Masdar City, a city within a city, where all buildings – schools, offices, shops – run only on renewable energy. Even public transport vehicles here are driverless electromobiles.

Entertainment for conoisseurs of the finer things

For lovers of luxury cars the Ferrari World theme park is a must-visit. Among the plenty of nerve-tingling attractions dedicated to the famous Italian car brand you can also take a ride in the world’s fastest roller coaster, accelerating to 245 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Yas Marina track where Formula 1 races take place provides an exclusive opportunity to rent a Ferrari, Aston Martin or a genuine Formula and drive it on the cutting-edge racetrack. On Tuedays the track is open to public so you can tour it by foot or on a bicycle.

Abu Dhabi is home to six cutting-edge golf greens, surrounded by picturesque desert and seaside vistas.


There are plenty of fine 5-star hotels with opulent interiors like straight out of a tale of Arabian nights. The most extravagant of those is Emirates Palace – a true wonder of architecture. It’s certainly worth a visit even if you’re not staying there.

Nurai Island is a tiny paradise of white sand and turquoise water, located in the Persian Gulf within just a 10-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi. On the island there is an exclusive design hotel and several restaurants – if you book a table there, the ride to the island is free of charge. 

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