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The UAE's contemporary capital

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The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is a dynamic city that holds its own alongside its more extroverted neighbour Dubai. Pairing Middle Eastern culture with a burgeoning arts and entertainment scene, this exciting destination is only growing in appeal.

Fly with British Airways from London to Abu Dhabi to experience this fascinating city for yourself. Blessed with a soft, sandy coastline – and enhanced by some beautifully kept man-made beaches – you're in the right spot for a relaxing escape. Head to the Corniche to promenade along the shore and take in the metropolitan views, then to the nearby Marina Mall for a luxury shopping fix. Discover the city’s cultural highlights with a visit to The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which has the honour of being the only Louvre gallery outside of France. Then travel back in time at Qasr Al Hosn, a palace that was constructed in the 1940s around the city’s first permanent structure. Named The Watchtower, it was built in 1795. It’s now a museum displaying ancient artefacts spanning the last 6,000 years – and a must-visit Abu Dhabi landmark. Book your holiday to Abu Dhabi today.

Abu Dhabi flight FAQs

How long is a flight to Abu Dhabi?

A flight from London to Abu Dhabi International Airport takes around seven hours.

What’s the cheapest month to fly to Abu Dhabi

You may find that flights from London to Abu Dhabi are cheaper during the summer when the temperatures are at their hottest. To find the cheapest month to fly to Abu Dhabi, use our low fare finder.

Is Abu Dhabi cheap to visit?

Abu Dhabi isn’t known to be especially budget-friendly for visitors, with more than its fair share of luxury international hotel chains and fine-dining restaurants. However, booking an all-inclusive trip can help limit your spending as your expenses are paid upfront.

You’d also be missing out if you didn’t indulge in the city’s street food. It’s an affordable way to get an authentic taste of the city, so make your budget go further by seeking out some kibbeh, knafeh and luqaimat, the sweet dumplings popular during Ramadan.

Is it easy to get around Abu Dhabi?

Once you land in Abu Dhabi, it’s a straightforward journey into the city centre. There’s a 24-hour air-conditioned bus service that runs every 40 minutes from all three of the airport’s terminals. A quicker way to reach the city is by taxi, which takes less than 30 minutes.

When navigating the city centre, most visitors travel by taxi or take advantage of the free shuttle buses that take visitors to and from the main attractions. These services run from the main hotels and the city centre, stopping at Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, the Grand Canal area and beyond.

You can also hire a car with British Airways if you want to see more of what Abu Dhabi has to offer. You’ll receive great benefits, with all mandatory charges included and 24-hour customer support, plus you’ll collect Avios points on every rental.

Why visit Abu Dhabi?

Like many Middle Eastern destinations, Abu Dhabi is a city of contrasts. Its glittering skyline and hotel resorts attract millions of visitors to its coast every year, but there’s more to discover if you venture inland. Abu Dhabi is home to some unmissable UNESCO World Heritage sites, like the Al Ain Oasis. This lush green oasis in the desert is 90 minutes from the city centre, with over 147,000 palm trees providing shade for its peaceful walkways.

You can also get away from the city for some peace and quiet in the Liwa Desert. Book a guided tour and go sandboarding or take an overnight camping safari to watch the sun set and dine under the stars.

Why fly British Airways to Abu Dhabi?

Discover outstanding service from the moment you book. Fly with just hand baggage and you can carry two bags free of charge. Choose our checked baggage option and you can travel with hand baggage and a 23kg bag checked into the hold, plus enjoy free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. On board you’ll find HEPA-filtered air, quality on-board catering, and a warm, uniquely British welcome.

Simply relax and let us take care of you, every step of the way.

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