Just when you think to yourself “there’s nowhere in the world that could show me anything new, anything better than what I’ve already seen,” when you can rattle off all of the trips you’ve taken by trains, planes, automobiles, and when you want to travel with an equally experienced cohort, we assure you that there’s one destination that will surpass every and any expectation: Abu Dhabi.
In less than 50 years, the capital of the UAE has risen to unparalleled success. Not only does the city rival cultural capitals of the world like Paris for art or New York for shopping, it holds its own as a beautiful blend between old and new, of east and west, of local and global. And of course, Abu Dhabi does it all with a flair for the fabulous. This is the destination to seek when you crave affordable luxury and over the top experiences.
Case in point: Emirates Palace, one of the most luxurious hotels ever built. As a guest, your wish is the staff’s command. As a visitor at one of its exquisite restaurants, bars, or luxury spa, your senses will tingle as you indulge in total relaxation. Beyond Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi’s out-of-this-world spa treatments will restore you in ways you couldn’t have imagined before visiting. Take the Jet-Lag Recovery treatment at the Remede Spa at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi or Healing Sound Therapy at The Edition Spa, only two of the most spectacular treatments available in the city that can truly refresh a tired body, mind, or soul. Even on your way out from the airport, Etihad Airways’ First and Business Class passengers can experience the Etihad Six Senses Spa.
But in Abu Dhabi, indulgence isn’t just physical - it’s visual, too. The architecture and art of Abu Dhabi are a treat for the eyes. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the most well-known art gallery in the UAE, and for good reason. It houses priceless works of art by the world’s most renowned artists from around the world. Even religious structures like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the world, attract visitors for both worshipping and admiring the overwhelming beauty.
Living a truly lavish life means trying rare or exclusive experiences. In Abu Dhabi, a one-of-a-kind visit to the Falcon Hospital, the world’s first and largest hospital of its type, will give a glimpse into the Emirati tradition of falconry, what it meant to the survival of Bedouin families, and provide a new appreciation for these wise, wonderful creatures.
Visitors more inclined to luxury shopping have endless opportunity to browse and buy. In fact, millions of visitors come to shop in Abu Dhabi each year. Upmarket stores and designer brands are found all over Yas Mall, The Galleria, and Avenue at Etihad Towers. A more traditional market experience is directly connected to The Mall at The World Trade Center at The Souk. Here, shoppers will find a mix of Arabian heritage, handicrafts, incense, herbs, and luxurious garments of silk, pashmina, and more.
A destination deserving of our attention, Abu Dhabi serves the well-travelled with a fresh view of the Middle East through pampering, shopping, fine art and textile craft.
When planning your holiday in Abu Dhabi, don't forget to pack your travel insurance.