Travelling via Abu Dhabi? How about getting a part of your stopover for free, no strings attached.
You’ll find it extremely difficult to turn down a 48-hour stopover in Abu Dhabi with a new Tourism and Culture Authority Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and Flight Centre promotion that’s just launched.
Book return economy class tickets on Etihad through Flight Centre, to any of the airline’s destinations, and receive a free transit visa and one night’s free accommodation at a four star-hotel if you book another extra night on top of the free night. The promotion is valid for the first 100 bookings made before 15 September, for travel commencing before 30 September.
Here are five more reasons why Abu Dhabi is the perfect stopover destination.
It’s always hot in Abu Dhabi
While we still have a few months of winter ahead of us, the good news is that not only is it summer season in Abu Dhabi, but you’re going to want to take advantage of some of the world-class beaches, including the Blue Flag Corniche, Saadiyat Island and Al Bateen.
For some added fun in the sun and some adrenaline-racing adventure why not head out to Yas Waterworld with its array of rides, slides and other water attractions, as well as a premium selection of restaurants and shops.
Culture vultures delight
During your 48-hour stay it would be well worth it to take some time to immerse yourself in some of the rich local culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi.
A definite must-see visit is amazing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque is probably the grandest in the world. Immerse yourself in it’s intricate carvings, artisanal glass-works and beautiful tiled mosaics. Then, for a genuine insight into pre-oil boom Emirati life, plan a jaunt to the Bedouin Heritage Village, the reconstruction of a traditional oasis village.
Fast, faster and fastest
Red and racy. Whether you are a Ferrari fan or not, Ferrari World on Yas Island promises to be hours and hours of fun and entertainment.
Here you will find the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formular Rossa which shoots occupants out at 240km/ph in 40 seconds. You will also be able to try out Ferrari World’s latest offering Turbo Track, which launches adrenaline junkies from inside the park at 102 KMPH through the famous glass funnel, before propelling them vertically through the iconic red roof to the highest point on Yas Island at 64 m, before they vertically plummet down to the safety of mother earth.
If you need to catch your breath or if hair-raising mechanical rides are just not your thing, Ferrari World also have some less intense thrills and activities on offer which include more rides and a tour celebrating the longstanding history of Ferrari.
For die-hard petrol heads a visit to Yas Marina Circuit literally puts you in the driving seat of some of the world’s most expensive and fast cars. From taking the famous Formula Yas 3000’s for a spin to drifting, drag racing and go-karting. Experiences available include Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes AMG and Yas Drift Nights. If you prefer two wheels to four, on bike track days you have the opportunity to drive your own motorbike on the Yas Circuit.
Go pearl hunting
Need some time-out from all the adventure activities? Take a day out and board a Jalboot to gain an once-in-a-lifetime experience and greater understanding of the Arabian Gulf’s ancient pearling industry.
The journey takes a maximum of 15 people on a leisurely cruises along the quiet channel lying between Abu Dhabi and Hdairi Yat islands. Seated on traditional Arabian floor cushions, guests enjoy locally-made Arabic coffee and dates while an Emirati guide explains how the country’s forefathers dedicated their lives to diving for seashells in the hope of finding valuable pearls to trade or manufacture jewelery. Local Arabic snacks are served, while a crew member sings traditional Emirati sea-faring songs.
As the sun sets
There is now slowing down in Abu Dhabi and when the night comes calling, Abu Dhabi comes alive.
Experience the bright lights and nightlife of this vibrant city in one of the many clubs or bars Abu Dhabi has to offer.
Probably one of the more famous nightclubs is Rush built over Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 race track and also the preferred party spot of many A-listers. Can you say rich and famous?
If you are fan of the 70s, 80s and 90s, dance the night away on the sea-facing terrace at Sho Cho or indulge in the variety of cocktails at Saadiyat Beach Club as the music and the sound of the waves combine for an eclectic atmosphere.
If there is anything else you would like to know about travelling to Abu Dhabi, stop by a Flight Centre store and talk to one of our consultants. Or give us a call, we love making your travel dreams come true.