Abu Dhabi : The Ultimate Travel destination for 2021

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

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Grand Hyatt Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Are you badly waiting for the restrictions to be relaxed so you can embark on your next


Chances are, you have made plans to head to Bali for the tropical rainforests and rolling rice terraces, or to fly to Mexico for the beach life. However, you should know that neither of these countries makes the ultimate travel destination in 2021.

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Moonrise between buildings

According to a recent study published by Kuoni, a Swiss tour operator, the UAE was the

most searched for a travel destination for 2021. And though each of the seven emirate states has its own characteristics, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE is an excellent choice for people who want to experience everything from a single city.

3 Reasons Why Abu Dhabi Is The Ultimate Travel Destination

If you are travelling to the UAE, there is no doubt you should make Abu Dhabi your first stop.

Being the country's capital city, Abu Dhabi occupies nearly 80 percent of the territory. and just like Dubai, the city features a sizeable expat population that has resulted in

westernization to a significant degree.

However, family-friendly, laid-back, and less congested, there are reasons that make

Abu Dhabi many expats and travellers favourite destination.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Located on the island of Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a combination of stunning beaches,

adventure-sport destinations, magnificent architecture, traditional monuments, and

ultramodern shopping plazas. The city takes pride in its duality—a space that’s both modern and traditional. Abu Dhabi has truly and entirely adopted advancements in technology while welcoming new cultures. However, it still stays true to its Bedouin roots.

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Hotels lined up

Abu Dhabi is without a doubt one of the world most wealthy and luxurious cities, but here are three reasons what makes it a special travel destination.

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Local Man appreciating sunset

  • It’s A Great Place To Do Business

Abu Dhabi has over time evolved to be one of the world's top economic and political hubs.

Anchored upon Vision 2021, that ideal comprises of a wide array of initiative that aims to

position the emirate right in the heart of the global economy. These initiatives range from

investments in infrastructure to enactment of regulation to attract more businesses.

Every year, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) also hosts various notable

events like World Future Energy Summit and the World Urban Forum that attracts experts, thought leaders, and other professionals from all across the world.

  • There’s Something Fun Everyone For To Do

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24K Gold structure inside presidential palace

Apart from being a leading business hub, Abu Dhabi is also one of the top tourist destinations in the country. The city attracted a total of 10.27m visitors from all corners of the globe in 2018 alone.

Regardless of whether you plan to visit Abu Dhabi alone or with your family, you won’t run out of fun things to do and stunning sites to see here. Among the leading tourist destinations in this emirate include Yas Island, Emirates Park Zoo, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Souk Central Market, Yas Mall, and Heritage Village.

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Outside Presidential Palace Abu Dhabi

To top everything off, Abu Dhabi also hosts a wide array of annual events like concerts and festivals. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Mother of the Nation Festival are some of the notable events.

  •  There’s Mother Nature In All Sizes And Shapes

While Abu Dhabi's skyline is a must-see, its natural wonders are equally stunning and should not be missed. Whether you want to experience the adrenaline rush or relax and unwind, this city has something to offer.

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Fossil Dunes Abu Dhabi

The Rub al Khali is one such destination that's also known as Empty Quarter and spread

across 250,000 square miles. A popular tourist destination, it is famous for its stunning

beauty, and the ample adventure activities it offers—ranging from dune buggy rides to camel trekking, sandboarding, and Bedouin-style camping.

Empty Quarters of Abu Dhabi

On the other hand, if you want to feel the coastal waters against your skin or play water

sports, there are 250 miles of coastline in Abu Dhabi for you to explore. Just a few minutes drive away from downtown, the Saadiyat Beach offers a good dose of sun, sand, and sea. If you are lucky enough, you might also be able to catch the dolphins playing.

Have more time to spare? Book a seaplane and head to the Sir Bani Yas Island. The former private retreat of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, the island plays a vital role in the country’s wildlife conservation efforts by serving as an abode to numerous wildlife, of which the most notable species is the Arabian Oryx.

The island also features three resorts that offer ample opportunities for activities like safaris and mangrove planting.

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Infinity pool @Tilal Liwa Hotel

Getting To Abu Dhabi

If you are travelling from a different country like the United Kingdom or India, you will be

able to take a direct flight to Abu Dhabi—often through Etihad Airways. On the other hand, if you are already in another emirate in the UAE, you can either take the bus or ride a taxi.

Typically, the travel times between Dubai to Abu Dhabi are around two hours. If you are

short on time, you might not want to travel by bus as it takes a little longer due to traffic.

Also, remember that bus services are only available during the daytime.

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Modern Arabian Nights

As a resident of Abu Dhabi for more than 8yrs, I just love this city. I have previously written why i love living in abu dhabi .

Are you a planning to visit Abu Dhabi soon? Do you have any questions ? let me know in the comment below.

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