Here are eight irresistible reasons to make Abu Dhabi your next stop-over when flying with Etihad; trust us, it’ll be better than your actual holiday.
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Heading to Europe and want to stop halfway, rather than do the whole long-haul in a one-r? We think that’s a great idea – it massively reduces your jetlag and means you can sneak in a little weekend away before your holiday-proper. Flying with Etihad means you can drop in to drop-dead-gorgeous Abu Dhabi en route – the airline have even set up their 48 Hour Challenge to showcase the kinds of things you can do while you’re there.
Treat yourself with one of their Abu Dhabi Stopover Packages, where you get free stays at hotels, two-for-one deals on fun activities, and even access to luxurious swimming pools to relax by before your next flight – it’s all about making the most of your time in Abu Dhabi. Here are some highlights for your stopover in Abu Dhabi:
1. Have afternoon tea in the sky at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
With incredible 360-degree views over Abu Dhabi, afternoon tea at the Observation Deck in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Something this wonderful tends to get booked up fast so make sure you book ahead.
2. Speed down a waterslide at Yas Waterworld
Feeling tired after that flight? Wake yourself up with a visit to Yas Waterworld, one of the most thrilling waterparks in the world. If you’re travelling with kids, it will keep them happy all day (and distract them – and you – from the jetlag).
3. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Visiting Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque is a true cultural privilege. Resembling an Arabian Peninsula Taj Mahal, it took more than 100,000 tonnes of pure white marble to build it, and has space for 40,000 worshippers.
4. Sand-ski in the desert
The spectacular desert around Abu Dhabi is a must when you are visiting this part of the world. Sure, you can do a camel ride if that’s your bag, but why not take things to the extreme and hop on a board instead? With Nuzhath Ideas and Abu Dhabi Desert Safari you can do just that – guides will take you out to the dunes and teach you all the tricks. Just make sure you wear sunscreen – it gets hot out there.
5. Play a round of golf at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Maybe you’re after something altogether more chill after that long flight? Look no further than Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, where you play the classic Scottish sport right by the sea, with the breeze on your back. It was the first golf course on the Gulf and was designed by famed South African golfer Gary Player – so it’s pretty much golf heaven.
6. Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Opened on 11 November 2017 and designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, costing $650 million to build, needs to be on your list of places to see. Some of the world’s finest works are housed here from the likes of Da Vinci and Van Gogh, all housed under an incredible dome comprised of thousand of stars layered on top of each other to let sunlight filter through to the galleries below.
7. Ride the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ever wanted to feel what it’s like riding a Formula One car? At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, you don’t have to imagine, because its Formula Rossa ride has been made to match the speeds set on the track – 240 kilometres an hour in 4.9 seconds, to be exact. Designed so you feel like you’re in a Ferrari F1 car too, you will take to the skies feeling legendary – and get back to earth feeling even better.
8. Stay the night at Yas Viceroy
A hotel is a hotel is a hotel, right? Wrong. Designed by Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, the Yas Viceroy is built over the F1 Yas Marina Circuit, and looks like something from outer space, it’s that futuristic. Without a doubt – a night here is set to be one of the most luxurious, most fabulous nights of your life.
More information: Visit Abu Dhabi