Explore the surprising and opulent city of Abu Dhabi on this short trip

From humble beginnings rise great things. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has transformed from a small fishing village into a sky-scrapered metropolis where even falcons have passports and fly in first class. Marvel at the glittering skyline of glass and steel, and at the marble domes of the Grand Mosque, one of the world’s most extravagant places of worship. Delve into the culture and history of the city-state while wandering down seaside walkways, and see the pre-oil world in the Heritage Village. With a dose of poolside relaxation and retail therapy, this is a perfect short introduction to the Emirates.

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Terms & Conditions

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Gaze in awe at the majestic Grand Mosque and vast array of skyscrapers dominating the city skyline

  • Prepare your wallet for an opulent shopping trip at Abu Dhabi's impressive malls

  • Drive along the perfectly manicured waterfront of Corniche

  • 4WD into the golden sand dunes of Arabia, then experience camel riding and local culture at a Bedouin campsite

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please note that a more conservative dress code applies for some of the sightseeing on the city tour. Entrance may be denied at some sights if this is not followed.

  • It is recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves, long trousers/skirt, and light head scarf (women only).

  • The Desert Safari on this itinerary involves off-road driving through rugged areas - which all adds to the excitement. However, because of the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, we do not recommend this activity to passengers if they have any pre-existing medical conditions, are over 65 or pregnant.

  • Our Shortbreaks are a group tour with independence, you will only have a guide with you for the sight-seeing activities


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. On arrival into Abu Dhabi Airport please clear customs and collect your luggage before locating your shuttle transfer representative (if you have pre-booked this service). This Short Break Adventure is operated by our local operator Desert Adventures, and includes a seat on a coach transfer to your hotel. Please look for a Desert Adventures representative wearing an orange t-shirt and carrying a sign with your name. Once all passengers have arrived you will be transferred to a centrally located hotel. The hotel is conveniently located about 20mins from Abu Dhabi Airport. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Perhaps head out for some retail therapy, enjoy the roof-top pool or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach. There is plenty to do and see in Abu Dhabi. If you wish to stay longer ask your agent about booking additional pre or post tour accommodation.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Morning half-day city tour (Tuesday & Saturday only - minimum 2 people) - USD35
  • Abu Dhabi - Etihad Towers Observation Deck at 300 (entrance only) - USD20
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
For pick up time for your desert safari tomorrow please have reception telephone our local team to confirm: +971 55 276 4060. Pick up time will depend on sunset but is likely to be between 3.15pm and 3.45pm.

If you would like to organise any optional activities in Abu Dhabi our team are available to assist.
This morning is yours to explore at your own leisure. Be mesmerised by the grandness of the new additions to Abu Dhabi’s skyline. Marvel at the jewel of the city, the majestic Grand Mosque, the third largest in the world. It sparkles in the sun like the Taj Mahal, with thousands of columns decorated with flowers, and domes topped with golden spires. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores, or relax with a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, join safari guides in a 4WD for an adventure into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the undulating dunes, then see a beautiful scenic sunset over the desert. Continue to a Bedouin campsite, where you can take a camel ride through the dunes. There is also henna design, Arabic gava (coffee), local dresses, refreshments, a Hubbly Bubbly (hookah) and a delicious barbeque buffet to enjoy. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to Arabic rhythms. After this desert adventure, return to your Abu Dhabi Hotel.

  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Afternoon Desert Safari with BBQ dinner (Half day tour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Notes: Please note on Friday the Grand Mosque, museums and souqs are closed in the mornings.

As a reminder to confirm your desert Safari please have reception telephone our local team: +971 55 276 4060. Pick up time will depend on sunset but is likely to be between 3.15pm and 3.45pm.

It gets cool in the desert at night, particularly in the cooler months of January to March. Please be sure to take a warm jumper or jacket for the evening at the Bedouin camp.

The Desert Safari on this itinerary involves off-road driving through rugged areas. Due to the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, passengers should not participate if their health or any pre-existing medical conditions (including heart ailments or back problems) may be adversely affected. For this reason we do not recommend that expectant mothers, passengers with back conditions and passengers under the age of six years or over 65 years of age participate in this activity. We would be happy to find an alternative activ
There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast. This Shortbreak includes a departure transfer shuttle back to Abu Dhabi Airport. You will be collected from the hotel's main lobby approximately three hours before your scheduled departure flight. Your pick up details will be confirmed in the welcome pack you receive on Day 1. If you wish to extend you stay in Abu Dhabi, please speak to your booking agent about additional post tour accommodation.
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Departure Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Dubai - Full Day day city tour (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday only - minimum 2 people) - USD75
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 dinner


4x4, coach


Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Abu Dhabi - Afternoon Desert Safari with BBQ dinner (Half day tour)
  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Departure Transfer

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Important notes

1. An arrival and departure shuttle transfer is included to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking or a minimum of 15 days before travel.
2. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you may share some activities.
3. Please see the safety notes section of your trip notes regarding the Desert Safari included on this itinerary.
4. Pick up for your Desert Safari is in the hotel lobby between 3.15pm and 3.45pm.

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