A cap­i­tal escape

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Made up of more than 200 is­lands, Abu Dhabi com­bines old-world cul­ture with un­spoiled nat­u­ral beauty and an ever-grow­ing num­ber of world-class ho­tels and at­trac­tions. Iconic must-dos in­clude Fer­rari World Abu Dhabi (www.fer­rari­world­abud­habi. com); Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; and Emi­rates Palace (www.kempin­ski.com/en/ abud­habi/emi­rates-palace), but if you’ve al­ready checked those off your list then you might want to head for Saadiyat Is­land and visit the newly opened Lou­vre Abu Dhabi (www.lou­vre­abud­habi.ae). Com­bin­ing oth­er­worldly ar­chi­tec­ture – the roof hov­ers over the Ara­bian Gulf like a fly­ing saucer – with an ex­pertly cu­rated col­lec­tion of mas­ter­pieces and kid-friendly ex­hibits, this long-awaited trea­sure is en­tirely worth mak­ing a week­end out of. Check in at the nearby St Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort, Abu Dhabi (pic­tured; www.stregis­saadiy­atis­land.com) which makes the most of its is­land lo­cale with Mediter­ranean ar­chi­tec­ture, three huge swim­ming pools and a beach that plays host to the oc­ca­sional pass­ing hawks­bill tur­tle. Foodies will love the Epi­curean Fri­day brunch which of­fers guests the chance to try some of the re­sorts’s sig­na­ture dishes ac­com­pa­nied by a live band, ocean views and hol­i­day vibes.

Rooms start from Dh1,800 per room per night, in­clud­ing taxes and break­fast for two. The same rates are valid over Na­tional Day week­end when the prop­erty will be dec­o­rated in red, white, green and black

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