DAY 1: ARRIVE & HIT THE WATER
Abu Dhabi is famed for its crystal blue water and stunning white sandy beaches, so our first recommendation is to dive into the Arabian Sea and experience the extra salty, warm ocean off the Corniche in the centre of town. Once your body has shaken out all the cobwebs, hire one of the rental bikes along the Corniche and discover the 8km esplanade by bike. You can ride all the way to Marina Mall, catching spectacular views of Emirates Palace – especially as the sun goes down.
Grab a bite at one of the super delicious shwarma places scattered around the city. Try Shish Shwarma for a quick and easy taste of Arabia. Top off your first day with a walk or bike ride to the famous Emirates Palace. To get a taste of gold – that’s right – make sure you try a 24 carat gold flaked cappuccino!
DAY 2: CHASE THRILLS
Wake up to the shining sun for a day of mind-blowing thrills. Begin a whirlwind day as you take on Ferrari World, home of the world’s fastest rollercoaster! After your adrenaline is pumping at full throttle, head to the nearby Yas Water World to keep the momentum going and cool down. Don’t miss the Jebel Drop, which will give you the best view of the city from the park. Warner Bros World is the perfect end to a theme park filled day! Make sure you ride the “Green Lantern”, a ride you will never forget!
Keep the Instagram moments going by visiting Black Tap Restaurant in Yas Mall for a burgerlicious and shake-o-rama meal that will send your socials into overdrive.
DAY 3: VISIT SAADIYAT ISLAND
One of Abu Dhabi’s 200 islands, Saadiyat Island is a hub for everything luxe. Spend your final full day in Abu Dhabi indulging. Wake up with a cup of coffee and a date, a quintessentially Emirati combination. Once the buzz is going, dig deeper into the art culture of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole at the famous Manarat Al Saadiyat and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Once you’re ready to get back to nature, head to Saadiyat Beach Club, the island’s only beach club, overlooking the sparkling Arabian Gulf. Dig into informal lunch at De La Costa or a drink at the Cabana9 pool bar.
End the day with a nighttime desert adventure. Head into the seemingly endless sand dunes with the help of an expert driver and watch day turn to night as the sky begins to glow like a rainbow. Stay for dinner in the desert with Emirati specialties - once you catch the scent of cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, lemon, and lime on meat and fish, you won’t want to leave until you’re well and truly full.
When planning your holiday in Abu Dhabi, don't forget to pack your travel insurance.