While in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to get on the water! Sitting off the mainland on it’s own island in the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the perfect spot to enjoy a huge variety of watersports, from wake-boarding to surfing and parasailing – or we hire you your very own jet ski! Perhaps you’d prefer to take a cruise in a traditional pearling boat, or even kayak through the natural mangrove forests? And of course, for those that love to explore beneath the waves, it’s perfect for diving and snorkelling too.
For a 360˚ entertainment experience we can take you to Yas Island, where you can burn rubber at Yas Marina Circuit – home to the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here you can have a coffee or stay at the iconic Yas Viceroy, as well as taking a ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. You’ll also find Yas Waterworld, or you could choose to play Arabia’s only links course and then relax on a stunning white sandy beach.
Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it’s so diverse and tax-free! Treat yourself to anything and everything, from luxurious and ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like shops where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets. There’s very little you can’t buy in Abu Dhabi, and when customer service is second to none it’s very difficult to resist purchasing a memento or two to take home.
To fully immerse yourself into their lifestyle, we can take you to The Collection at The St Regis, Saadiyat Island Resort where you can enjoy high-end shops, excellent restaurants and cafés – all within a Mediterranean-style ‘village’. Alternatively, we can visit the Eastern Mangroves Promenade for a mix of restaurants, health & beauty and leisure venues, with an arch-fronted open pedestrian zone and stunning mangroves-view terraces. For a more-community orientated experience, we can take the whole family to Al Raha Beach Plazas where you can shop, dine or relax on the promenade with stunning views out onto the Arabian Gulf.
If you’re interested in culture and heritage, we can catch a cab to the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater, and step back in time to a traditional desert lifestyle. Here we can bargain with souvenir sellers and watch the local craftsmen at work, producing beautiful pottery, weaving and metal work.