The Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is a key aviation hub for flights all over the globe, and the second largest airport in the United Arab Emirates. This is a first-class facility, and passengers will be treated to a huge range of facilities, from free shuttle services between the airport’s 5 terminals, to comprehensive information desks, a spa, and plush lounges. You will also have access to standard amenities, like ATMS, foreign exchange, a huge duty-free shopping area, numerous restaurants, prayer rooms, and a medical centre.
Buses and taxis are the main modes of transport to and from the airport. The 30km taxi journey costs a fairly reasonable 80AED ($30).
Etihad Airways has an operation hub here, so there are lots of flights available with them, otherwise you can find routes with Qantas, Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways, Air India, Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Why visit Abu Dhabi?
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, and like Dubai, its sister-city, Abu Dhabi has risen from the desert plains in gleaming skyscrapers that reach for the perfect blue sky above. Spending time here will allow you to learn and investigate the values of the Bedouin traditions of the Emirates, and enjoy the contemporary culture that has emerged in this city’s museums, galleries, restaurants, malls and mosques.
Things to do in Abu Dhabi
Amble your way around the prominent landmarks of this city, from the white marble perfection of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, whose expansive halls and squares can hold thousands of worshippers, down to the 18th century Al-Hosn Palace, which is home to one of the city’s most important museums that spotlights the history of Abu Dhabi.
Then learn about the role women have played in this culture by popping by the Women’s Craft Centre, where you can pick up some lovely handmade items, such as slippers, scarves, and bags.
See the older side of the city by visiting the Heritage Village, which displays the way the culture was formed before the oil industry kicked into gear. You can look at how the Bedouins lived, farmed, and survived. This attraction stands in stark contrast to the glass faceted skyscrapers that line the inlets, and coastline of this city.
Taking a boat tour is a great way to see the jungle of buildings that dominate Abu Dhabi’s skyline, but you can also take a lift to Etihad Towers Hotel’s Observation Deck and see the entire city from above.
For the outdoor attractions try booking a trip out to Yas Island where you can lay on the gorgeous white sand beaches, or try a different type of sandy tourism by travelling across the dunes near Liwa Oasis, where you can hop on a camel, and see the sun go down over the desert sky.
Best time to visit Abu Dhabi
· The shoulder seasons, and in particular the months of April, May, September and October are the best times of year to fly to this city. Expect the days to sit at a pleasant 23-30°C.
· Summer is hard for sightseeing because the mercury can rise to a sweltering 42°C, and that can be uncomfortable for long period outside.
· Winters are the coolest time of year, with averages of about 18-20°C though be warned this can sink quite substantially at night.
Arriving in Abu Dhabi by plane
· Perth (PER), Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL), Brisbane (BNE) all offer non-stop routes to Abu Dhabi.
· Emirati Dirham (AED).
· Australian citizens, will be issued a 30-day stay on arrival to this airport. Make sure before you travel that these conditions are still current through the smart traveller website which updates regularly.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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