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Why Fly to Abu Dhabi?
Most travellers to the United Arab Emirates often overlook Abu Dhabi, the nation's capital, in favour of dynamic, bustling Dubai. Yet Abu Dhabi, sometimes referred to as "the richest city in the world," due to the UAE's vast oil wealth, offers visitors a unique experience that is often more relaxed and less expensive than Dubai, even for those purchasing last minute flights. Abu Dhabi offers travellers stunning ocean and desert scenery, world-class shopping and a taste of the historic and modern Middle East, all easily affordable with the help of a cheap flight and an inexpensive hotel.
Flying to Abu Dhabi from the UK
It is possible to fly direct to Abu Dhabi from London Heathrow, Manchester, and Dublin. Other airports that offer indirect flights include London Gatwick, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Edinburgh, all of whom offer regular one and two stop flights. Flights from the UK and Ireland take between 7 and 9 hours; one stop flights can take between 9 and 14 hours; there is often a discrepancy between outward and return journey times; Flights with two stops can take up to 35 hours as the stopovers can be up to 6 or 7 hours.
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Which Airlines Fly to Abu Dhabi?
British Airways, BMI, and Etihad Airways all offer direct fllghts from London Heathrow, but only BMI and Etihad from Manchester. Airlines offering flights with one or more stops include Turkish airlines, KLM, and Lufthansa from London Heathrow and Gatwick and most other major UK airports. The average stopover time for flights with one or more stops in generally 1 - 3 hours. Indirect flights from the UK generally stop at London Heathrow, and then will stop at Doha International or Amsterdam. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates also provide a direct service to Dubai from most London airports.
Mini Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi's location on the Persian Gulf gives it a more pleasant climate than many Middle Eastern cities, although summers can still be hot and sometimes humid for those unused to its desert climate. The city's location, though, means that visitors can spend one day on a stunning beach and the next exploring the landscape and archaeological sites of the Emirati desert. Although Abu Dhabi is often more socially conservative than flashy Dubai, its leaders have managed to preserve much of the historic fabric and feel of the city, offering you a sense of what life in the Middle East is truly like.