The Middle Eastern destination of Abu Dhabi is attracting increasing numbers of British holidaymakers, lured by the promise of blazing sunshine and an outstanding variety of attractions and activities on offer.
Around 90,000 Brits have jetted off to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates so far this year, showing a 13 per cent growth in visitor numbers compared with the previous year and making the UK the destination’s leading international market. Abu Dhabi provides options for a wide range of visitors, from cuddly couples to culture vultures, which when combined with the weather prove irresistible to UK holidaymakers.
Couples will find plenty of secluded resorts tucked away among the dunes around Abu Dhabi, giving guests the chance to enjoy a candlelit dinner next to a desert watering hole before watching the sun disappear behind the sandy ridges. Motorsports fanatics could pay a visit to the new F1 stage at the Yas Marina Circuit and experience the twists and turns of the track for themselves. A range of racing experiences can be booked for reasonable prices and the track even boasts its own hotel.
Both families and petrolheads will appreciate the city’s new Ferrari World theme park, complete with dozens of speedy rides and Ferrari-themed attractions. Home to the fastest rollercoaster in the world – the Formula Rossa – the park is also the largest indoor theme park in the world!
Those seeking more of a culturally-enriching holiday will appreciate the city’s imposing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The gleaming white marble of the building’s 80 domes and over 1,000 columns is embellished with semi-precious stones, and the scale of the building – capable of accommodating over 40,000 worshippers – is breathtaking. Wildlife spotters will enjoy the Sir Bani Yas Island nature reserve, home to fauna such as deer, giraffes and gazelles.