Abu Dhabi - "Father of the gazelle" in Arabic " refers to both an emirate of the United Arab Emirates and its capital, also the capital of the federation. Located in the Persian Gulf, facing Iran, this emirate covers 80% of the U.A.E. Like the other capitals of the Gulf, Abu Dhabi, the city, is identifiable by its forest of futuristic skyscrapers. Dubai is shading it, but more and more tourists are choosing Abu Dhabi's beaches. The seaside pleasures and luxury of the designer boutiques are now matched by the grandiose cultural offer of Saadiyat Island, the island of museums, which saw the opening of the Abu Dhabi Louvre in 2017. A pharaonic work by Jean Nouvel, whose Galleries present the history of humanity in twelve chapters, from prehistoric to contemporary art. In addition, there are four temporary exhibitions also mounted with France. Another must-see masterpiece is the sumptuous Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of 40,000 worshippers. In a playful atmosphere, families enjoy the huge Yas Waterworld water park. But perhaps the most fabulous discovery will be the 6-star Emirates Palace Hotel, with its limitless luxury, which even has its own distributor... of gold. You will also have to reach Al Ain, the emirate's second largest city, in its oasis in the middle of the vast Abu Dhabi desert. Forget the international cuisine of hotels for traditional rice and fish dishes, topped with cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, nuts and dried limes.

What to visit Abu Dhabi?

When to go to Abu Dhabi?

It is in winter and particularly in February, during the high tourist season, that most of the many events are scheduled. During the end of the year holidays and during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, hotels are sold out and sometimes double their rates! The same trend is observed during religious holidays such as Eid, other world-class sporting events and major international trade fairs. However, the hotel offer has increased considerably and several luxury or mid-range hotels offer very attractive prices from the mid-season, after the Christmas and New Year holidays. It's up to you to do your shopping on the Internet and compare prices. In the middle of summer, the heat wave melts prices and you can buy a palace for the price of a 4-star hotel. The same applies during the Ramadan period, when the country is running at a slightly slower pace and is experiencing a significant reduction in the services usually offered: reduced means of transport, restaurants and bars in the centre closed during the day, reduced opening hours for monuments. The best time to go to Abu Dhabi is during the off-seasons: autumn and spring. The temperatures are still pleasant.

How to go to Abu Dhabi? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

This popular tourist destination now offers a wide range of turnkey stays. You will find on the Internet a very wide offer, in all seasons, and for all budgets. A week's stay at the hotel with half board is the most common. This formula is particularly interesting for families who are the darlings of the destination.

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You can take a dry flight ticket and book your hotel on the Internet without any worries. On the spot you can manage on your own. The city is organized in the American way, grid by blocks, in a rather logical way. It is therefore easy to find your way around. And don't forget that you are in a country subject to Sharia law. On the beaches, nudism and monokinis are strictly prohibited. During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink and smoke in public, from sunrise to sunset.

We advise you to rent a car if you want to travel around the country, but to use taxis to discover the city. While walking can be considered in winter, in summer, it is impossible. In addition, vehicle air conditioning is essential. A bus network serves all the districts. Finally, you can take the Big Bus for a sightseeing tour in the city.

Prepare for your trip Abu Dhabi

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

It is in winter and particularly in February, during the high tourist season, that most of the many events are sched...
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Weather forecast

Abu Dhabi's climate is subtropical and arid. Mild and sunny winter with an average of 24°C (10°C to 30°C) and cool...
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Budget

The cost of living in the Emirates is much the same as in Paris and luxury is very much in evidence. Shopping is a lo...
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Formalities

French nationals are exempt from visa requirements. A stamp affixed to the passport on arrival at Dubai and Abu Dhabi...
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Health

The hospital system in the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Abu Dhabi, is modern. French or French-speaking doct...
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How to travel by yourself?

You can take a dry flight ticket and book your hotel on the Internet without any worries. On the spot you can manage...
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How to get organized?

This popular tourist destination now offers a wide range of turnkey stays. You will find on the Internet a very wide...
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Getting around

We advise you to rent a car if you want to travel around the country, but to use taxis to discover the city. While wa...
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