Exploring Abu Dhabi – Discover an emirate in the UAE

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Abu Dhabi, where the desert meets the sea and the sky knows no limits. From towering skyscrapers to pristine beaches, Abu Dhabi offers a captivating blend of modernity and tradition, inviting travellers to explore its diverse landscapes and rich heritage.

Marvel at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Step into architectural splendour at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a breathtaking masterpiece of Islamic design. Admire the intricate details of its domes, minarets, and stunning marble courtyards, and immerse yourself in the serene ambience of this sacred sanctuary.

Explore the Corniche

Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s scenic waterfront promenade. With its pristine beaches, lush parks, and stunning skyline views, the Corniche offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day by the sea or a refreshing sunset walk.

Venture into the Desert

Experience the thrill of desert adventures with a desert safari excursion. Embark on a dune-bashing escapade across the golden sands, enjoy camel rides, and witness mesmerising desert sunsets that paint the sky in hues of orange and gold.

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Ascend the Etihad Towers

Reach for the sky and ascend the iconic Etihad Towers, where panoramic vistas of Abu Dhabi’s skyline await. Marvel at the city’s architectural wonders from the observation deck, and capture unforgettable moments against the backdrop of the Arabian Gulf. After a day of exploring, unwind and pamper yourself in the lap of luxury at one of the 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi the likes of Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi.

Travel Requirements to Enter Abu Dhabi – Guidelines You Need to Keep in Mind

Abu Dhabi is once more open for tourists and makes an ideal holiday destination; however, there are guidelines and protocols in place that you should know before travelling here.

Go Safe Certification

When it comes to accommodation including 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi, ensure you choose one that has the ‘Go Safe’ certification from the Department of Culture and Tourism. These properties such as those belonging to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas have adopted stringent health and hygiene measures ensuring safe stays.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi

Depending on where you are flying from, you will have to present a negative result of a PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 48, 72 or 96 hours of departure. On arrival at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, you will have to take another PCR test as well as on day four and day eight, depending on the length of your stay.

The Green List

Those from destinations on the Green List are not required to undergo a 10-day quarantine. You need to present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours before your departure to Abu Dhabi, undergo a PCR test on arrival and self-isolate till the results are given.

You can find the Green List of countries at – https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/covid-safe-travel/permitted-countries

Other Travellers

If your country is not on the Green List, you will have a 10-day mandatory quarantine. After the PCR test on arrival, travellers must register and will be given an electronic wristband to be worn during quarantine; the local health authorities will determine a suitable quarantine location be it a hotel, your home or other accommodation option.

Since procedures can change depending on the global pandemic situation, always check for updated guidelines: https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/covid-safe-travel

Complete Guide to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi with its whole list of world records for having the fastest rollercoaster on earth, the farthest leaning man-made tower and many more is a great destination to travel. And, here is a good guide if you want to have a great visit.

Best times to visit

From April to September, Abu Dhabi has the peak season during which all 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi become occupied as a whole. August is the hottest month of the year and of course the best month to go for a swim.

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Things to do when you are there

If you stay at a hotel the likes of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara there are several things that you can try out during your stay without traveling much. Golfing, quad biking, water skiing are just some of the best and most exciting things you can do here!

Things to see and explore

Abu Dhabi Corniche, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District are some popular places to see when you have your days in this destination.

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Places to shop at

For shopping needs, Abu Dhabi has great places like Dalma Mall and Bawabat Al Sharq Mall and there are some good markets to visit too.