As swish but not as tourist-centric as Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the UAE’s government and financial capital. For North American travelers, however, the city is equally as well-known as the major international hub for Etihad airlines, which is a preferred route for many to not only the Middle East but also Africa and parts of Asia.
Perfect forAdventurers | Art Lovers | Families | Trailblazers
When to goDecember-February | March-May | September-November
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Abu Dhabi
As Abu Dhabi grows and introduces new and exciting offerings, many travelers are extending their layover (which Etihad offers, free of charge) and spending a night or two in the city en route to their final destination. But the mega-city should be visited with a customized itinerary and a private guide who can share an insider look. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Indagare will arrange a pick-up from Abu Dhabi international airport for the two-hour transfer to Qasr al Sarab, a mirage palace resort located in the Empty Quarter desert and close to the Saudi Arabia border. Relax with a massage in the fabulous spa and in your villa with private infinity pool overlooking the sand dunes and enjoy dinner in one of the resort’s excellent restaurants.
Rise before the sun this morning to go dune bashing with a professional driver in a specially formatted Land Cruiser and stop to watch the sun rise while sipping tea. Return to the property for breakfast then transfer back to Abu Dhabi (your car will have wifi access). Visit the Sheikh Zayed mosque complex with a private guide and then spend the hottest hours of the afternoon in the new Louvre outpost, located on Saadiyat Island.
Shoppers may visit one of the multiple souks or malls in the city this morning and families with children (or those who are young at heart) might want to check out the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world’s fastest roller coaster. Indagare will arrange for your transfer back to the airport in time for your flight continuation.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Rosewood Abu Dhabi
At A Glance Located on Al Maryah Island adjacent to one of the city’s premier shopping complexes, the Rosewood opened in 2013 as a smart and sophisticated addition to Abu Dhabi’s ever-rising skyline.
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Anantara Qasr Al Sarab
Two hours south of Abu Dhabi and just north of the Saudi Arabia border, the Anantara Qasr al Sarab offers couples and families an extraordinary desert experience.
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Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
Stylish, sleek and high-luxury, the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi is a top choice for business and leisure travelers staying in the UAE capital city.
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