Abu Dhabi regularly conjures images of beautiful blue skies, powder-white beaches and glittering skyscrapers. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. World-class hotels, exhilarating theme parks, superlative shopping, great cultural attractions, championship golf, wonderful wildlife and desert adventures all lie in wait in the UAE capital.

Just a seven-hour flight from the UK, Abu Dhabi offers all-but-guaranteed year-round sunshine and no shortage of attractions. Beach-lovers will find nine kilometres of pristine white sand on Saadiyat Island, where hawksbill turtles come to nest each spring. Shoppers can find jewellery, carvings and hand-made carpets in the city’s souks, or designer clothing in its air-conditioned malls. Golfers can tee off at three championship golf courses. And there’s fun for all ages at the theme parks of Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – home to Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster!

In fact, Yas Island’s offerings will increase in 2018 with the opening of the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi indoor theme park. Featuring six immersive lands, including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza, the 1.65 million sq. ft. park promises to deliver captivating experiences for all, as it brings together some of the world’s most iconic characters under one roof for the very first time in the region.

For history and culture-seekers, Abu Dhabi proudly offers the incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi and the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is free to enter and which ranked second on TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top 25 most popular landmarks. And if that’s not enough, the heritage heartland of Al Ain is an oasis city just 90 minutes from the capital that’s brimming with forts, museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Desert explorers can tackle the towering dunes of the Empty Quarter, the largest expanse of sand in the world, adventure-seekers can try everything from kayaking to camel trekking, and wildlife lovers can search for cheetahs and oryx on Sir Bani Yas Island.

And everyone should grab a seat for the biggest party of the year - the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the spectacular conclusion to the F1 season.

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