THE TRIP ABU DHABI HIGH­LIGHTS

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Abu Dhabi -

in Get­ting there & around

Three di­rect flights op­er­ate daily between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi with Eti­had Air­ways (eti­had.com; 0345 608 1225), the na­tional car­rier of the UAE. Flight time is around seven hours and re­turn fares cost from £350pp (econ­omy) and £2,223 (busi­ness class). Di­rect flights are also avail­able from Manch­ester and Ed­in­burgh. Once there, most peo­ple rely on taxis to get around (rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive) or hire a car (all the usual play­ers are avail­able at the air­port and roads are very good).

Cost of travel

Abu Dhabi is not cheap but the qual­ity of food, ho­tels and ser­vice is good. Ex­pect to pay up­wards of AED100 (£19) for a meal in a de­cent restau­rant or bar. Al­co­hol is only served in venues at­tached to ho­tels or sports clubs and is pricey – around AED30 (£5.80) for a bot­tle of beer.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion You’ll not find many bud­get

stays in Abu Dhabi and chain ho­tels are ubiq­ui­tous, but there are some good op­tions for lo­ca­tion and Ara­bic style. In Abu Dhabi city, the au­thor stayed East­ern Man­groves Ho­tel & Spa by Anan­tara (abu-dhabi.anan­tara.com), which is right next to the Man­grove Na­tional Park. Dou­bles from AED600PN (£115). Sir Bani Yas only has three ho­tels. Highly

Anan­tara Sir Bani Yas Is­land Al Sa­hel Villa Re­sort (sir-bani-yas-is­land.anan­tara.com), as they are the only ho­tel within the wildlife park it­self. Dou­bles from AED1,600PN (£310).

rec­om­mended are the vil­las at Food and drink

With a big in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, there is food from ev­ery part of the globe – par­tic­u­larly In­dia (

shawarma roasted on a spit) are en­dur­ingly pop­u­lar sta­ples. For dessert, be sure to try luqaimat – deep-fried dumplings soaked in sweet date syrup – an Emi­rati favourite.

Hum­mus and (ke­bab meat

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