Abu Dhabi is the federal capital and seat of government for the United Arab Emirates. One of the wealthiest and most modern cities in the world, the city has undergone drastic development since the early 21st century and features sophisticated high rise buildings, luxury hotels, opulent shopping malls and spectacular boulevards. Abu Dhabi is very accessible from major European cities, so make sure to compare your options in order to find the best flight deal. With our online comparison tool, you can easily find a flight to suit your budget and timetable. Although Etihad offers direct routes to Abu Dhabi, be aware that often the cheapest flights tend to make stopovers, for example flights from Birmingham.
The city is in the midst of an unprecedented construction boom with several massive construction projects currently under way in the city and surrounding area. Yas Island hosts a Formula 1 track and a Ferrari theme park, while the new cultural area of Saadiyat Island has been heavily-invested in. The Island will feature Guggenheim and Louvre Museums as the centrepiece of this ambitious project. While the city of Abu Dhabi is not famed for its historical or cultural sights, it is certainly not lacking in attractions, many of which are free to enter for example, the 6th largest mosque in the world; the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Open to non-Muslims during mornings between Saturday and Thursday. What's more, Abu Dhabi is a shopper's dream; there are several enormous malls which feature most of the leading designer brands in the world.
Following your flight into the international airport, you have a number of different options to get into the city and surrounding areas. Al Ghazal taxis travel to the city, the journey should take about 40 minutes and a flat rate is charged. Only recently metered taxis were given permission to pick passengers up from the main terminal, however you can expect a long line at the taxi stand. A cheaper option is the reliable public bus route, which departs from outside the terminal 3 every 30-45 minutes, 24 hours a day. If you have arrived on Etihad Airways, a complimentary shuttle bus is also provided to Dubai.