Abu Dhabi, a captivating destination


Home to pristine beaches, world-class theme parks and luxurious hotels, Abu Dhabi has something for everyone! Unwind on a private island paradise, kayak through a serene mangrove forest, unravel history at ancient forts and get off the beaten path amidst Abu Dhabi's desert dunes.


Culture lovers are spoiled for choice. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace and the Qasr Al Hosn fort are unmissable beauties. Just an hour and a half’s drive away is the oasis town of Al Ain and its 11 UNESCO world heritage sites as well as the Liwa oasis with its fort trail.


There’s so much more! The biggest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, the largest unbroken expanse of sand in the world, skyscrapers with impressive dimensions and looks, gold leaf cappuccino at Emirates Palace, the largest handwoven carpet in the world, the striking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque... And the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula 1 track

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Feel the excitement as you come face to face with the greatest athletes.
If you are visiting a neighbouring country, you can't miss this chance to continue your sporting adventure in Abu Dhabi. Whether you are looking to recover from the ride or just don't want the experience to end, you will fall head over heels for the possibilities offered by this emirate. In November 2022, a major event for all fans of competition and speed is set to take place. After a year away, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is back. For four days, the best drivers will compete in this final phase of the world championship. Witness great entertainment on the circuit and an all-round experience in the Yas Island oasis.

The perfect blend of past and present

A destination where tradition and modernity coexist

Travelling while in Abu Dhabi

Between modernity and traditions

Skyscrapers, amusement parks and ultra modern museums in the city with fantastic architecture meet hospitality and Bedouin traditions of the desert, oases, historic forts, falconry shows and traditional dances. The Ferraris at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit race cars and seaplanes rub shoulders with camels in the desert and dhows (traditional boats) for pearl fishing. Worlds coexist with an ancestral and authentic culture inherited from the desert.

Welcome to Abu Dhabi, pearl of the Emirates

The destination which knows how to seduce its visitors
Fascinating and passionate, Abu Dhabi is a destination with many treasures to discover.

Abu Dhabi offers a mosaic of spectacular landscapes and experiences: incredible urban architecture, more than 200 natural islands, green oases, majestic ochre dunes in the desert, idyllic white sand beaches with turquoise water, hundreds of kilometres of protected mangroves.
Abu Dhabi's cultural offering is abundant with the incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, often compared to the Taj Mahal, the Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace nicknamed the “Versailles of the Emirates” and its fabulous light and sound show, Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest fort in the city tracing Abu Dhabi’s history. The Al Ain region, an hour and a half’s hour drive away, is the historic birthplace of the Emirates and offers a plethora of forts alongside refreshing oases and ancient tombs at the foot of Jebel Hafit mountain. The Al Dahfra region is also a two hour drive and includes a fort trail in the Liwa oasis, surrounded by the Rub al Khali desert.

Adrenaline lovers and families can enjoy lots of amusement parks on Yas Island, “the entertainment island”. Warner Bros. World World Abu Dhabi is the largest indoor theme park in the world, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has the fastest rollercoaster, Yas Marina Circuit for driving racing cars, the Yas Waterworld water park, CLYMB Abu Dhabi , which has the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall and the world’s widest indoor skydiving chamber.

The emirate also offers many incredible sites where you can reconnect with yourself and nature: Sir Bani Yas island offers a luxury break with its magnificent beaches alongside Arabian oryx, gazelles, cheetahs and giraffes at the Arabian Wildlife Park and mangrove forest. The Nurai Island offers a top of the range experience, for a day or longer, with complete privacy. The desert is a both a playground and a healing place with Bedouin tents and dinners where you can spend the night under a glittering starry canopy with an equally magic 5 star experience.

Abu Dhabi is easy to get to, just a 6 and a half hour direct flight from France and with an excellent travel network.

Every year Abu Dhabi is ranked as one of the safest destinations in the world and is suitable for families, couples and friends due to its diversity.

The locals are welcoming and enjoy sharing their culture and traditions.

The cuisine showcases seafood and includes fusion cooking, traditional restaurants and Michelin starred chefs. The locals are incredibly generous.

Shopping addicts have a number of malls, artisan markets and shops at their disposal to satisfy their needs.

Golf enthusiasts are not forgotten with a choice of 6 superb golf courses (including 1 Links course): five 18-hole and one 9-hole golf course.

Many events punctuate emirate life (National Day, HSBC Golf Championship, Abu Dhabi Summer Season, Liwa Date Festival, Formula 1, etc.) without forgetting the future EXPO 2020 DUBAI which will take place equidistant between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. To explore events during your stay, check out .

Abu Dhabi, a place that's full of surprises

Art, desert, beaches, history and incredible experiences, all in complete safety

Abu Dhabi’s unmissable sites

  • The first global museum in the Arab world, this specular museum designed by Jean Nouvel establishes a dialogue between cultures from prehistoric art to contemporary art as well as a reflection on art. In this extraordinary place, a page of the Quran from Tunisia dating from the year 900, a painting by Mondrian and a screen from 17th century Japan come together. It also offers the visitor a new view of the global artistic creation. The building crowned with an immense dome superimposing 8 canopies is dressed in a spectral "rain of light" effect. Built on the sea, you can even take a guided kayak tour to explore the architecture from another angle, lulled by the lapping water. Entry to the adjoining Children’s Museum is also included in the ticket price.

  • Each visitor is seized by an indescribable feeling as they tread the immense dunes of the Rub al Khali desert, "The Empty Quarter", the largest unbroken expanse of sand in the world. While this fascinating landscape makes you want to spend hours observing and immortalizing the various views revealed by light, it is also a place to enjoy while having fun.

    There are lots of activities to allow you to explore this striking desert. Hike during the day but also in the light of the stars, take a camel or horse ride or enjoy the thrill of off-roading or quad biking on the dunes, you can even sand surf or ski... Everyone can choose how to enjoy it. The day ends with a delicious Bedouin dinner under the stars before spending a night in a tent cradled by the calm of the desert. Or in a luxurious hotel with the desert as a backdrop.

  • While the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the various palaces, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the mangroves invite contemplation and wonder, it’s the effervescence of the Corniche and Yas Island, "the Island of Entertainment” that impresses.
    The city of Abu Dhabi is synonymous with luxury and grandeur. Explore the famous F1 circuit, more than a hundred shopping centres and dozens of skyscrapers.

    On Yas Island, Yas Marina is swarming with boats, Yas Beach has all sorts of sport activities and the offer of leisure parks is stunning: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and its sensational attractions based on the famous red car, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi where you’ll meet Wonder Woman or Bugs Bunny, Yas Waterworld water park with the world’s biggest tornado slide and the new CLYMB Abu Dhabi attraction with the highest indoor climbing walls in the world!

  • Palm groves, picturesque clay forts and a camel market transport visitors through history. The historic birthplace of the emirate, Al Ain is home to a number of UNESCO world heritage sites.

    Today you can discover cultural exhibitions and museums. Don’t miss: Al Jahili Fort, built to defend the city and its precious palm groves, Qasr Al Muwaiji, birthplace of the current Sheikh and President of the United Arab Emirates, and Al Ain Palace Museum, former home of Sheikh Zayed.

    Under the palm trees of the oasis, walk a 3000-year-old falaj (ancestral irrigation system) to cool off while admiring the clusters of dates.

    Al Ain is also the 2nd biggest city in the emirate and a popular holiday resort for locals, where ancient tombs can be discovered at the foot of the scenic Jebel Hafit mountain, with a summit of 1240 meters.

  • White sand and blue waters adorn the emirate's coastline. For a seaside break in the capital, the island of Saadiyat (9km of protected beach on the Arabian Gulf), is a true haven of peace where tortoises nestle and where you can find dolphins at Dolphin Bay.

    The Corniche Beach, in the heart of Abu Dhabi, not only offers white sand beaches and spectacular turquoise waters but it also has a beautiful seaside boardwalk with manicured gardens and fantastic views over the Arabian Gulf.

    Surrounded by mangroves, Yas Beach’s crystal clear waters are the perfect way for families, friends and couples to relax after taking in the Island’s diverse entertainment activities

    For more luxurious or private experiences, a 15 minute boat journey from Saadiyat Island will give you a more luxurious or intimate, private break on the enchanting Nurai Island (for a short stay or day trip).

    Two hours by road or half an hour by boat (or half an hour by water plane), Sir Bani Yas Island offers sophistication, calm, pleasure and activities for an ecotourism getaway alongside the protected species of the Arabian Wildlife Park.

  • To offer visitors the guarantee of a serene, safe and secure trip, the Abu Dhabi authorities have taken many measures. From pick-up on arrival by the national Etihad airline until return, travellers are accompanied by the Go Safe programme. First used by the W hotel, this plan will eventually certify all the capital’s attractions. Hotels, shopping centres, restaurants, amusement parks and other public spaces will all have to comply with increased hygiene and social distancing measures. Regular inspections are carried out by local authorities to ensure these new standards are met.

So much to see in Abu Dhabi

A thousand and one wonders to discover...

Abu Dhabi’s holidays


Eid al-Adha : Feast of sacrifice

Ras-el-Am: Islamic New Year
Achoura: 2 non-statutory holidays
Abu Dhabi Art Fair: Exhibition and talks around modern artistic creations

National holiday commemorating the creation of the United Arab Emirates Federation
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