Abu Dhabi which is the largest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates lies on a reclaimed, t shaped island that juts into the Persian Gulf. This relatively young city which originated as a humble fishing village is now a glitzy, glamorous enclave which is populated with tall skyscrapers and tree lined boulevards. The fabulously wealthy city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city is also renowned as a favored shopping destination which has low duties and some of the lowest prices in the world for luxury goods. The best time to shop in Abu Dhabi is during its annual Shopping Festival which is usually held in March during which shops and retail outlets offer deals and bargains galore.
If shopping features as a significant activity on your vacations, then why don’t you consider penciling in Abu Dhabi on your travel calendar? A visit to Abu Dhabi will allow you to explore its many opulent malls and stores as you take in its myriad sights and sounds. However flight times to Abu Dhabi from a destination in the US usually extend over sixteen hours and for such a long haul journey business travel is highly recommended. If you don’t want to waste any shopping time in Abu Dhabi recuperating from the ill-effects of jet lag, you should try and locate a cheap business class seat to Abu Dhabi which will transport you there in style and comfort. Contrary to popular public opinion discount business class airfares to Abu Dhabi do exist, you only have to be savvy enough to track them down.
Often these discount bu...Read Moresiness class tickets to Abu Dhabi are promoted by airlines themselves like Etihad airways, the national airline of Abu Dhabi which offers connections between the emirate and the US. These special offers are promoted by email newsletters to their subscribers or by social media networks, Twitter and Facebook. However if you are in the market for the cheapest business class seat to Abu Dhabi but can’t seem to acquire one on your own your best option then is to turn to an airfares consolidator who specializes in deep discount business class fares. These airfares consolidators manage to procure heavily discounted business flights to Abu Dhabi and various other destinations due to the exclusive consolidator contracts that they are awarded by the airlines. These consolidators are awarded these contracts on the basis of their impeccable sales records that register high volumes and thus guarantee airlines regular, repeat business.
It must be mentioned that these deep discount business class tickets to Abu Dhabi are in no way inferior to regular business class tickets for these cheap business class fares to Abu Dhabi, come loaded with all the amenities and luxuries of regular business class like fast track check-in and immigration, enhanced luggage allowance and airline lounge access and onboard comforts like fully flat beds ( almost a necessity for such a long flight)and unlimited good food and wine accompanied by personalized service.
There is no ideal time to visit Abu Dhabi for the climate in Abu Dhabi is always warm and sunny. In fact during the months of June to September temperatures in Abu Dhabi tend to soar and often register highs of 118oF (48oC). These scorching temperatures are not conducive to walkabouts and sightseeing and most tourists who chose to visit during these hot, humid Abu Dhabi summers tend to confine themselves to the cool, air conditioned environs of the city’s many malls. Abu Dhabi cools down somewhat between the months of October to May and the city experiences extremely pleasant weather during the months of January and February when average daytime highs are approximately 23oC(73oF) while the nights are decidedly cool at 12oC(54oF).
Taking into account the sultry Abu Dhabi weather, your luggage should then include cool, comfortable clothing though a light jacket or cardigan is perhaps required for the months of January and February. Electrical standards in the UAE are of 220 and 240 volts, 50 Hz and the commonly used plugs are the square three pin plugs. The Abu Dhabi Dirham is legal tender in the emirate which doesn’t have any currency regulations. Banks and hotels exchange most major currencies though the best rates are obtained at independent money changers.
Abu Dhabi is equipped with a modern, state of the art International airport which lies 20 miles (32km) east of the city. This airport welcomes a host of carriers from around the world and is connected to the city center by metered taxis and a public bus though private taxis and shuttle buses also offer similar connections. Public transport within the city is also dominated by taxis which are quite inexpensive as petrol is cheap in this oil producing emirate.
As for attractions, Abu Dhabi is not really known for its sightseeing attractions but it does offer a few like its sea front Corniche which is the most picturesque spot in the city. This water front promenade is peppered with manicured lawns and fountains and is also equipped with a small beach. Bicycle rentals are also available at the Corniche and are ideal for visitors who want to get some fitness in with their sight-seeing. Another outdoor attraction in the emirate is the Khalifa Park which features an aquarium, museum, play grounds and gardens.
Cultural attractions in Abu Dhabi include the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is also known as the Grand Mosque and is one of the largest mosques in the world. The interiors of the mosque are adorned with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, Persian carpets and marble which features inlay work that has 24 karat gold and precious stone embellishments. The mosque is a holy place of worship for Muslims and visitors should be aware that they are expected to wear headscarves and sport modest attire.
The oldest edifice in Abu Dhabi is its Al Hosn Palace which is often referred to as the White Fort. This building was built in 1793 and was once the abode of the Emirati royal family. Today it houses the cultural foundation and features a museum which is filled with artifacts and other historical objects. Another cultural attraction is the Heritage village which is museum that has displays of traditional Bedouin Life and provides an insight to tribal antecedents of Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi’s nightlife scene is concentrated around its many upscale hotel bars for under UAE only these establishments are allowed to serve alcohol. The best shopping opportunities in Abu Dhabi are offered by its many malls, souks and duty free outlets. The souks or street markets in the emirate offer a wide array of old world luxury goods like oriental carpets, gold jewelry, spices and souvenirs. The biggest malls in the emirate are the Marina and Abu Dhabi malls which are filled with luxury goods stores, hypermarkets, cinemas, entertainment centers and foo Hide