Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE and second only to Dubai in terms of population size. Perched on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Gulf, little more than an hour's drive south of Dubai, this vibrant city is home to global businesses, the UAE government and a plethora of modern attractions.
Abu Dhabi's stunning skyline reflects the rapid development it has undertaken over the past decades, having evolved from being a rural pearl diving settlement into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Blessed with a stunning coastline, state-of-the-art resorts and over 300 days of sunshine per year, it makes for a truly fascinating travel destination.
Abu Dhabi – meaning 'Father of the Gazelle' – offers a city break and beach holiday rolled into one, with Corniche Beach forming part of an eight kilometre waterfront that stretches along the fringe of the city centre. This vibrant area features a range of restaurants, cafés and cycle paths, making it a great place to visit both day and night.
There's no shortage of cultural attractions either, with the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque a particular favourite. The vast structure caters to over 40,000 worshippers at any time and features over 1,000 columns, as well as the largest hand woven carpet in the world.
For a glimpse into the area's past, pay a visit to the Heritage Village where you can learn all Abut the traditional desert ways of life.
If you're looking to stay active during your holiday then hit the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf for some offshore sports action, with everything from water-skiing, diving and parasailing available for you to enjoy. Alternatively, hit up Yas Waterworld where over 40 adrenaline fuelled water rides await.
The city is also home to an array of world class shopping facilities, with the likes of Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall catering to all your retail needs.
Book your stay with Marriott and start planning your Abu Dhabi adventure today.