The richest and most influential of the six states that comprise the United Arab Emirates (the others being Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah). Abu Dhabi is the capital city and the financial powerhouse of the region. One of the world’s richest cities, it is proudly modern with towering iconic skyscrapers dwarfing atmospheric market streets. Ultra luxurious shopping malls where you will find all of the top designer brands from around the globe. It is also traditional and conservative, maybe less openly hedonistic than Dubai, with a more considered pace of life and planning.
Managed by The Anantara Group, the Qasr Al Sarab is a superb deluxe family focused desert resort. Located in the Liwa desert, one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world. Just under 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi city or airport, mostly on tarmac roads before completing the last few miles across the spectacular high dunes.
The Park Hyatt Hotel is located on Saadiyat Island, 25 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the city centre. A deluxe hotel with impressive facilities, appealing to families and couples. The beach is extensive, 7 miles long with currently just two hotels although more are planned in the future.
St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort a deluxe hotel, opened in April 2012. Located on a natural island and linked to the main island by causeway bridge. Set on a fine stretch of soft white sand beach. Abu Dhabi city, with its towering high-rise buildings, boutique shops and busy markets is 10 minutes drive away, the airport 25 minutes. Dubai is 80 minutes straight drive on the long desert highway, no eagles – just falcons!
Yas Viceroy Hotel is a fantastic experience. Particularly suggested for 2/3 nights en route to the Indian Ocean islands or Far East. located on Yas Island, 15 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes drive to central downtown city. A luxurious, futuristic property with a unique “honeycomb“ exterior.