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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is affectionately known as the 'Garden City of the Gulf' and Abu Dhabi luxury holidays allow vistors to experience the green boulevards, beautiful gardens and parks. Abu Dhabi boasts over 200 natural islands, including the stunning unspoiled sands and turquoise waters of Saadiyat Island, given the seal of approval by the hawksbill turtles that nest here every year and the dolphins that play in the crystal clear waters offshore. Yas Island is increasingly becoming Abu Dhabi’s entertainment centre, with Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and the Yas Marina Circuit, host of the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all based on the island, and a new mall, Abu Dhabi’s biggest, complete with cinema complex coming for 2015. Explore further afield with a visit to the world-class Falcon Hospital, where falcons from all over the globe are nursed back to health, or head out into the breathtaking Liwa Desert, where the burning sun chases an endless vista of shimmering dunes. Back in the city, take a pleasant stroll along the picturesque waterfront Corniche or a tour around the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Reflecting every taste and culture under the sun, dining in Abu Dhabi is a veritable feast of the world’s finest cuisines. The restaurants in our featured resorts are all superb, but we particularly recommend the award-winning Chinese dishes of Michelin-starred Hakkasan at Emirates Palace and Silk & Spice at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche for deliciously fragrant Thai specialities. Emirati cuisine is somewhat unsung but growing in popularity on the restaurant scene, with dishes typically meat or fish based and infused with the aromatic flavours of cinnamon, saffron and turmeric; try al madrooba, a tasty dish comprised of salted fish in a thick, spicy sauce.
Flight Time

Flight Time

7 hours 5 minutes (direct)

Currency

Currency

UAE dirham. Major credit cards are also accepted at all hotels.

Time Difference

Time Difference

GMT +4 hours

Entry Requirements

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your return travel date.

Language

Language

Arabic is the official language of the Emirates, but English is widely spoken.

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The Hawksbill Turtles of Abu Dhabi

The Hawksbill Turtles of Abu Dhabi

Wildlife / 10 Mar 2017

Saadiyat Island’s original ‘guests’, the Hawksbill sea turtles, continue to nest on the destination’s sweeping beachfront. The nine kilometre Saadiyat Beach plays host to several Hawksbill turtle nests every year. The Hawksbill is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, as its population has declined by more than

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