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Why Abu Dhabi in Summer is a Great Idea

For your next far flung, exotic destination look no further than Abu Dhabi, in particular during the summer months. Yes, that’s right. I’ve just suggested you head to a desert when temperatures reach boiling point. Not as mad as it sounds – I promise!

6 reasons to visit Abu Dhabi this summer

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From Abu Dhabi to Dubai

Abu Dhabi has lived in the shadow of Dubai, its flashier counterpart for many years. However, it is now fast emerging as one of the region’s most compelling destinations. The capital city on the Persian Gulf has more to offer its visitors than just the latest shopping mall or record-breaking architectural structure.

Travelers who prefer something a bit different with a more authentic and cultural edge will find it in this captivating part of the Arabian peninsula.

Known as one of the richest cities in the world, find out why when the mercury rises and the locals flee, it’s the perfect time for you to board a jet plane to Abu Dhabi:

Slashed hotel prices 

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You’ll find some of the most luxurious and opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi from suites overlooking an F1 race track, to grandiose beachside hotels to lavish palaces.

Extraordinary stays obviously come with a eye-watering price tags. Summer is the time when five-star extravagance can be in reach as prices at these ultra-luxe hotels are considerably lower.

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We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, one of the most opulent hotels in the city. The Venetian inspired property boasts palatial grounds, stunning interiors and a private beach.

It also boasts a superb view of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmark, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Without the huge discounts on offer during the summer season, this stay wouldn’t have been possible.

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It really pays to look out for the incredible deals around to entice travelers in the low season. You’ll find some  tempting offers such as upgrades, free spa treatments and complimentary kids’ activities.  What’s not to like?

Avoid the crowds

With many seeking to escape the city heat, being a tourist becomes a breeze. Reserve the best tables in the finest restaurants, never queue to enter a tourist attraction, sit at the front on theme park rides and have a choice of poolside cabanas for lounging.

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Spoilt for choice with kids activities

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Abu Dhabi is an incredibly family friendly place to visit in the summer. Once the heat rises you can either cool off in the number of water parks, such as the futuristic Yas Island Waterpark. There are plenty of indoor activities to keep the little and big (adult) kids entertained and I’m not just talking soft play – Although they do have those too.

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If you fancy high culture, the new Louvre Abu Dhabi is a sight to behold.  The £1 billion art museum in the desert opened its doors in November 2017. It’s part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.

During the summer there are always special discounts at major family attractions like Ferrari World. We enjoyed a fun-filled day at the newly opened Warner Bros. World. It’s one of the world’s biggest, fully air-conditioned indoor theme parks. Where those much loved animated characters come to life, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Scooby Doo. Not to mention your favourite comic book heroes.

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Our visit was perfect, we literally enjoyed multiple, consecutive rides as the queues were practically non-existent. Another low season bonus!

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I have to say wandering through Gotham city and Metropolis, certainly made this big kid’s childhood dreams come true. You can read all about our visit here

Enjoy all the low season discounts

Top Travel Tip Alert:

Take a half empty extra large suitcase on your holiday!

The UAE does Malls like no other country in the world. The huge glittering, imaginative spaces serves every purpose from a meeting point for friends, family outings to a late night hangout.

During the summer not only are they a welcome escape from the heat, you will bag some of the best bargains. With many of them offering high-class stores. You could be heading home with a whole new designer brand wardrobe. Hello there, Armani, Prada, and Valentino. Cha-Ching!

Perfect place for a luxurious spa

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When it’s scorching outside head to a spa for the ultimate in pampering. With a spa to suit every whim and budget, the difficulty will be narrowing down your options. Treatments can range from divinely scented melt-away stress massages, heavenly frankincense scrubs in opulent marble-clad hammams to unbelievable 24-carat gold or diamond encrusted facials.

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A great way to experience a luxurious hotel is to book their spa for the day. Everyone needs a spot of indulgence on holiday, right?

Escape the unpredictable UK weather

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Ok,  so it’s hot! And yes your sunglasses go foggy as soon as you step out due to the high heat and humidity. Everywhere you go though is practically air-conditioned, so who cares! One thing a holiday in Abu Dhabi will certainly deliver is an abundance of sunshine and heavenly blue skies. This is a cultural summer break in the desert you can’t afford to miss out on.

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26 Comments

  • Bejal 10th September 2018 at 7:11 am

    I must admit I’ve oly ever transitted through Abu Dhabi but have always wanted to stay. The summer months have never really put me off however after reading this it seems there’s lots more in favour (discount wise) which is well, just rude not to take up!! Great Read and tips!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th September 2018 at 1:17 pm

      I would never have stopped off if I wasn’t travelling with the girls. So glad I did. Love it when a city surprises you.

  • Laura 10th September 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I’m sold! Its firmly on my must visit list!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th September 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Yay! It’s a great stopover city.

  • Esther - Little Explorer Adventures 10th September 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Been to Abu Dhabi a couple of times but only for day trips so I’ve never really had the chance to explore properly (or stay in one of their fabulous hotels). Personally, I love visiting the UAE at any time of year. I’ve done the height of summer a couple of times and it was fine, as you mentioned, everywhere is air conditioned. It’s way more comfortable than when the UK has a heatwave

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th September 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Esther, so true the UK is unbearable in a heatwave. Next time you’ll have to plan a couple of days so you can enjoy some of the cit

  • Zenbabytravel 10th September 2018 at 8:45 pm

    We loved Abu Dhabi and preferred it to Dubai – took our 1st son when he was 3 months and had a gorgeous Xmas week wining and dining in glorious hotels and sunbathing around various beach bars – what’s not to like ? 😉 It looks like we have to go back with both kiddies soon though, the new Louvre looks great! #culturedkids

  • Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi 11th September 2018 at 8:07 am

    I want to revisit – and we may just have to go in summer now!

  • Angie Silver 11th September 2018 at 8:16 am

    Your pictures and descriptions are definitely making me want to go!

  • Scarlett 11th September 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I have been looking forward to reading about Abu Dhabi ever since I followed your fun InstaStories on your trip over there (and the Maldives where you made us all very jealous!) I’m curious about the Louvre, and don’t know if you heard, but it was just announced as one of the finalists for the Design Museum of the Year Beazley Award. Not surprising, I am sure. Thanks for the tour, and I will be sure to check out the rates out at the Ritz Carlton when I go! Scarlett #culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:02 am

      No I didn’t know that about the Lourve being finalists. I have more posts to follow. Hopefully will get them out soon. Thanks Scarlett x

  • Kid Allergy Travel 11th September 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I lived in Dubai during my younger years and we frequented this city often. But, this is a totally different Abu Dhabi from my childhood! It looks like it has tons to do for the family. Thank you for sharing great tips of the Ritz, Warner Bro Indoor Amusement Park, Louvre and Spa. This really is a beautiful part of the world that I hope people will consider visiting even in the middle of summer! #culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:03 am

      I didn’t realise it was only an hour and half drive away from Dubai. Sounds like it may be time for you re-visit.

  • Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays 13th September 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Sold! The new Louvre beckons. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:03 am

      It’s amazing Catherine. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in the country.

  • Lunie Chan 13th September 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Omg your pictures are so beautiful!
    Made me want to visit Abu Dhabi only after a few minutes of reading…

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Lunie. That’s so sweet. Glad you enjoyed the read.

  • Vyki from Museum Mum 14th September 2018 at 4:10 pm

    What a great post – I’m now completely sold on Abu Dhabi! The idea of luxury for less, world class museums and queue free theme parks is just too tempting! #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:04 am

      I know no brainer, right?

  • Trish 17th September 2018 at 6:56 pm

    What a brilliant idea! If so much of the city is air-conditioned anyway, taking advantage of the lower prices and quiet attractions is ideal.
    #culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:05 am

      Exactly, it’s a great place for a family holiday.

  • Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) 18th September 2018 at 10:30 am

    Ah, interesting. I’d never have considered Abu Dhabi as a summer destination. Bu with fantastic air-con, water parks and slashed prices, it makes compete sense. #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th September 2018 at 11:06 am

      Neither had I Nell, but now fully on the radar.

  • Leona 3rd October 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve neber been to Abu Dhabi but that will change soon lol

    I can’t wait to visit the Louvre

    • Sima Sthanakiya 3rd October 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I can’t believe you’re moving out there. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is incredible, you’ll probably become members.

  • Jenny - TraveLynn Family 8th October 2018 at 10:32 am

    We love AD. My FIL used to work out there and we went out to visit him on a few occasions. AC is amazing everywhere though and I always too a cardy with me as those malls get rather chilly! Off season is a fantastic idea for AD -if only for the slashed prices on amazing hotels.
    Thanks for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav

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