Flights to Abu Dhabi (ZVJ)

Flights to Abu Dhabi let you enjoy a world-renowned events calendar, celebrity chef-helmed restaurants and a thrilling emerging arts scene.

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Flights to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a city on the rise. Whether it’s skyscrapers or five-star hotels, restaurants by celebrity chefs or the arts, Abu Dhabi is a world-class city. Visitors from all over the world are getting on flights to Abu Dhabi to be part of its growing annual events calendar. From the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi Food Festival and concerts featuring globally-renowned music stars, there’s always something to be found in the UAE’s capital city.

And there’s a lot more to come. Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 is a strategic plan for the sustainable development of the city over the coming decades, focusing on green spaces, active living, workspaces and public transport. In line with this, Abu Dhabi is planning an extensive metro system. And while the emphasis is on steady and sustainable progress, there are plenty of thrilling attractions as well.

Saadiyat Island is set to be a hub of arts and culture, thanks to the development of the Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Then there's the manmade Yas Island, a multipurpose entertainment and leisure complex. Here you’ll find the brilliant waterpark Yas Waterworld, the record-breaking indoor theme park Ferrari World (home of the world’s fastest rollercoaster), Yas Links golf course, Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Beach, as well as luxurious hotels, restaurants and shops.

Meanwhile, the urban hub of Al Maryah Island continues to grow, with a vibrant mix of business and leisure developments such as the towering Rosewood Abu Dhabi, which offers some of the best views of the city.

When it comes to restaurants, food-lovers will be spoilt for choice in Abu Dhabi. Cuisines from around the world – European, Far Eastern, Indian, North American – are represented here, and more and more acclaimed chefs – from Marco Pierre White to Sanjeev Kapoor – are signing up for new projects in the city.

Abu Dhabi also does shopping in a big way. While the likes of Central Market and Souk Qaryat Al Beri evoke the souks of the past, Yas Mall is completely modern. The shopping centre boasts a 20-screen cinema, a Lego concept store, and FunWorks family entertainment centre among its many draws.

Despite all the futuristic architecture and growing cosmopolitan population, there’s always an escape from the hustle and bustle. The architectural marvel that is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque should be near the top of any itinerary. And the desert dunes of the Rub' al-Khali (Empty Quarter) are perfect for camping and dune bashing during the cooler months. Cinephiles should check out the Liwa Desert, whose majestic dunes feature in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hit the beaches

Some of the best things in Abu Dhabi are free, like the public beaches. There are three along the Corniche, all with free changing and shower facilities and cafes nearby. Some beaches require payment, such as the ones on Saadiyat and Yas Islands, but they are generally quieter and free of Jet Skis, with changing rooms, towels and sunbeds.

Yas Beach, Yas Island
Opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel
+971 56 242 0435

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The sight of the white marble domes of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, sparkling against a clear blue sky, is one to behold. Explore this stunning architectural landmark – home to the world’s largest handmade Persian carpet – with one of the complimentary walk-in guided tours, which take place daily.

2nd Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street
Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
+971 2 4191 919

Discover Masdar City

Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi International Airport, is a conceptual, sustainable and zero-carbon development that could well be the forerunner of our future cities. It's powered by solar and wind energy, its buildings are constructed with innovative materials and there’s a driverless personal rapid transit system. Learn more at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Masdar City
+971 2 810 9333

Explore the Empty Quarter

Nothing quite compares to the tranquillity of the Empty Quarter, with its red dunes and beautiful sunsets. There are several ways to enjoy it, from a day trip to an overnight stay in Bedouin-style tents. Desert activities include dune bashing in a 4x4, quad biking and sand sledding. Splash out and stay in Liwa’s Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara – you can use it as a base for further exploration.

Qasr Al Sarab Road 1, Off the E65 Al Gharbia
Liwa Desert
+971 2 886 2088

Ride the Formula Rossa

Head over to Yas Island and the world’s biggest indoor theme park for a high-speed thrill you won’t forget. Ferrari World is home to Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world, which accelerates to 240km per hour in under five seconds.Yas Island Drive, Yas Island

+971 2 496 8000

Tackle some water sports

An archipelago of islands, Abu Dhabi is perfect for getting out on the water. You can hire Jet Skis to visit some of the smaller uninhabited islands, charter a speedboat or rent a kayak to explore the mangroves. There are a number of companies that organise water sports – check out Watercooled UAE, which operates at the Hilton’s Hiltonia Beach Club.

Watercooled UAE
Hiltonia Beach Club
Corniche Road West
+971 2 639 5997

Lebanese Flower (Lebanese)

Something of an Abu Dhabi institution, this breezy Lebanese restaurant has been serving its tasty grilled meats and mezze, both inside the restaurant and to go, since 1986. Now with three branches across the city, residents love the authentic (not to mention cheap) shish tawouk and tabbouleh.

Hamdan & 4th Street
Al Manhal
+971 2 665 8700

Mezlai (Emirati)

Mezlai’s local chef brings together traditional recipes that match simple, fresh ingredients such as lamb and hammour with delicate spice blends to create an authentic Emirati menu. Coffee and dates in the majlis is a particular highlight.

Emirates Palace
West Corniche Road
+971 2 690 7999

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi (Cantonese)

Expect first-rate contemporary Cantonese cuisine and excellent service at this Abu Dhabi outpost of Hakkasan. Just like in the London and Dubai venues, you’ll find signature dishes such as jasmine tea-smoked wagyu beef ribs and hakka-steamed dim sum. The Gilles & Boissier-designed interior lends the place a certain Arabian flavour.

Emirates Palace
Corniche Road West
+971 2 690 7739

Brasserie Angelique

With its Art Deco styling, grand chandeliers and marble top tables, Brasserie Angelique manages to be as extravagant as it is elegant, and the food more than matches up. French standards such as steak tartare and bouillabaisse are executed with the utmost attention to authenticity and flavour.

Podium Level 3
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Corniche Road West
+971 2 811 5666

BOA Steakhouse (steakhouse)

The Hollywood steakhouse concept arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2014 with BOA Steakhouse, bringing its enthusiasm and warmth to the Eastern Mangroves. It’s the first one outside the US, but the steaks and seafood are every bit as good as the original in LA, with the added bonus of fine views across the water to Abu Dhabi city.

Eastern Mangroves Promenade
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street
+971 2 641 1500

Spice Mela (Indian)

With its colourful decor and dramatic waterfront views, you might be forgiven for thinking this restaurant on Al Maryah Island is all about looks. That is until you taste the contemporary interpretations of classic Indian dishes – from the organic paneer tikka to the Rajasthani lamb kebabs, they’re every bit as striking as the interior.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Sowrah Square Al Maryah Island
+971 2 813 5550

Aloft Abu Dhabi

Handily located at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, with easy access to the airport, this innovative hotel’s loft-inspired rooms are as comfortable as they are inspired. The chic design theme continues from the spacious pool area to the rooftop lounge, where you can gaze at the city below.
Al Khaleeja Al Arabi Street
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
+971 2 654 5000

Emirates Palace

The jewel in the crown of Abu Dhabi’s hospitality industry, Emirates Palace is a lavish 394-room affair that cost a reported USD 6 billion to build. And as you might expect, its opulence is unparalleled in the emirate, with its grand dome, gold and marble flourishes, top restaurants and first-class facilities.
Corniche Road West
Opposite Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Al Ras Al Akhdar
+971 2 690 9000

One to One Hotel - The Village

This quiet boutique hotel is an oasis of serenity in the city, not too far from the shops and beaches. Its comfortable rooms benefit from understated, neutral decor, and the complex has an American bistro and Italian and Asian restaurants, which may tempt you to stay put.
Al Salam Street
Al Nahyan
+971 2 495 2000

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Desert retreats don’t come more magical than this. Set among the dramatic landscapes of the Liwa Desert, this luxurious resort is miles away from the bustle of city life, yet there’s everything you need on site, including restaurants, a swimming pool, gym, spa, tennis courts and the option to try archery or falconry. Pure escapism.

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

With fine views of Saadiyat Island’s powdery white beaches, the St. Regis has a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere without being short on excitement. Despite its quiet ambience, there are seven lounges and restaurants, including the award-winning 55&5th The Grill, which is close to perfect when it comes to steak.

Off Sheikh Khalifa Highway
Saadiyat Island
+971 2 498 8888

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

It’s not every day that you get to sleep in a hotel built over an F1 racetrack, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Yas Viceroy. The futuristic design, with its pivoting glass panels, glows and shimmers at night, making it one of the most recognisable buildings in the capital.
Yas Leisure Drive
Yas Island
+971 2 656 0700

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