ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMI­RATES

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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

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