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Abu Dhabi Stopover
Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to Etihad Airways, the UAE's national airline.
It's a fast growing city with lots to see and do and is starting to become the new Dubai. Year-round sunshine, culture, shopping and a wealth of other activities are on offer. At the same time, many of the city's hotels offer spas and beaches for those who just want to chill out and enjoy the sunshine.
WHAT TO DO
Abu Dhabi's Yas Island, just 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, has become the city's leisure island, offering a beautiful public beach, championship golf course, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Yas Marina Circuit race track. With so much to do, you won't want to escape the island but for a little culture, head into Abu Dhabi to admire the incredible Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or venture into the desert on a desert safari.
WHERE TO STAY
On Yas Island, take your pick from a number of hotels including the luxury Viceroy Hotel (pictured above) which overlooks Yas Marina and the Formula 1 track and is a popular choice for many celebrities visiting Abu Dhabi. The budget Centro Hotel, is not what you would expect. Although the rooms are smaller than other hotels on the island, Centro boasts a good sized swimming pool and outdoor dining terrace, a perfect location to enjoy a holiday in the sunshine.
Taxis from Yas Island into the city are relatively cheap and are easily accessible on Yas Island.
WHERE TO EAT
Abu Dhabi offers a wealth of places to eat, from tradtional Middle Eastern cuisine to Asian Fusion and everything in between. For a meal with a view try Certo at Souk Qaryat Al Beri where you can dine al-fresco with stunning views of the sun setting over Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Or if you really want to splash out, the famous Emirates Palace offers a number of top restaurants that are sure to impress.
FOR SOMETHING EXTRA
If you want something a little different, head out into the desert and stay at the stunning Qasr Al Sarab Hotel. This impressive hotel boasts a remote location and five-star service, fantastic cuisine, large swimming pool, as well as villas with their own private pools. It feels like a retreat and has a number of excursion available, or if you just want to relax, the spa is well worth a try.
To book your Abu Dhabi stopover, simply book a multi-stop flight with Etihad Airways or through a travel agent such as Expedia and add on the hotel yourself. Getting to and from the airport in Abu Dhabi is very easy and taxis in the UAE capital are relatively cheap. Book multi-stop flights with Expedia.co.uk and then simply add on your choice of hotel separately.
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