ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Where am I going? Dubai’s brother plays a similar game and Etihad
(0345 608 1225; etihad.com) flies to five continents. It is an option for trips to Australia, taking off from Heathrow and Manchester, and arriving into Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Airline: Etihad also has a multi-city function, letting travellers slot a stopover into their plans, and is running a deal on stays of 48 hours, where the second night’s hotel is free. A return to Sydney from Birmingham, departing on Dec 1, costs from £907. Reasons to linger: Abu Dhabi promotes itself as more cerebral than Dubai, and has done so via the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi (louvreabudhabi. ae; AED60/£13) – where the collection includes Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the planet’s most feted religious structures.
Stay: The Yas Viceroy (telegraph.co. uk/tt-yasviceroyabudhabi), has doubles in December from £161 a night, room only.
Further information: visitabudhabi.ae