Where sand meets city
Blending ancient culture with futuristic fantasy, Abu Dhabi is one of the top holiday spots in the UAE. Savvy travellers are spoilt for choice with world-class museums, gourmet dining and desert adventures -- and it's easy to relax between all the sightseeing, with the emirate boasting some of the finest beaches in the Arabian Gulf.
There's something for everyone on Yas Island. Head to Yas Waterworld to brave white-knuckle waterslides, go to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to conquer the world's fastest rollercoaster, or visit Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to discover six immersive themed lands with all your favourite characters.
Art, architecture, design
Abu Dhabi has plenty on offer for culture vultures. The white marble-domed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world's largest centres of worship, while the Saadiyat Cultural District has the first Louvre museum outside of France. The palatial Qasr Al Watan is a cultural landmark, housing countless treasures from the Arab World.
An Arabian oasis
Few things are so humbling as the vast expanse of the desert -- venturing beyond the city is perhaps the closest you can get to a moon landing. Get your heart pumping with unique adventures like dune-bashing, sand-skiing or saluki dog training, then cosy up under a fiery sunset in a Bedouin camp and enjoy a feast under the stars.
A glimpse into the future
Forget Paris and New York -- Abu Dhabi is one of the most varied and exciting destinations in the world for a city break, combining traditional dhows, souks and artisanal crafts with cutting-edge museums, sci-fi architecture and restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs. You can even sip a cappuccino topped with 24-carat gold flakes.