Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
By Lauren Kmec

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the seat of the national government. Its name means “father of the gazelle,” an apt description for a desert land where gazelles and oryx once roamed freely. While this city is steadily building a reputation as a top business and shopping destination, many people are starting to realize that Abu Dhabi is an excellent vacation choice as well. Contrary to popular belief, Abu Dhabi has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and local residents are extremely welcoming to tourists.

Due to its skyrocketing status on the world stage, Abu Dhabi has become connected with cities all over the globe, so getting here is easier than one might think. Travelers will fly into Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), an award-winning facility and one of the world’s fastest-growing airports. Book your flight with WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Although Abu Dhabi is revered for its multitude of lavish hotels, WhatsCheaper.com can help you choose the best place to stay from a variety of options at different price points. Follow this link to browse for accommodations (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Once you are here, WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, located at the edge of the city center near the Al Maqtaa Bridge. This architectural masterpiece is the permanent resting place of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the well-loved leader of Abu Dhabi from 1966 to 2004. Beautifully designed in the Islamic style, this mosque features a number of columns and minarets, as well as gold chandeliers and the largest hand-woven carpet on Earth. Both Muslims and non-Muslims are welcome here, so WhatsCheaper.com urges you to take the guided tour for a glimpse into Islamic religion and culture. You’ll no doubt be surprised at what you learn!

Cultural entertainment is on the rise in Abu Dhabi, with a number of theaters, music venues, and museums springing up across the city. Saadiyat Island, located just 7 minutes from the downtown area, is currently undergoing a transformation into a ~667-acre cultural district, complete with a mixed-use performing arts center; several museums (including branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim), and a picturesque waterfront promenade. Saadiyat Island also contains a secluded private retreat, a marina, and a championship-caliber golf course. When completed, Saadiyat Island will be the only place in the world with architecture designed by five individual Pritzker Prize winners, qualifying the island as one of WhatsCheaper.com’s must-see attractions in Abu Dhabi.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy spending a day at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2010 as the world’s first Ferrari theme park (and its largest indoor theme park). The facility’s design was inspired by the double-curve side profile of a Ferrari GT. WhatsCheaper.com urges you to brave some of the exciting rides, such as Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster. Visitors can also try the cutting-edge racing simulator or peruse the largest Ferrari gallery outside of Italy.

For something a bit tamer, WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting the Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center, a sanctuary for sick, orphaned, and endangered animals. Founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, who was passionate about saving endangered species, this facility strives to raise public awareness about wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Center provides its animals with a controlled “natural” environment while they recover, in hopes of releasing them back into the wild once they are back to full health. The Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center is open to the public, but it is generally best to call ahead to schedule a tour.

After seeing all of the sites, be sure to find time for some shopping. There are a number of upscale malls with high-end stores, but WhatsCheaper.com encourages travelers to browse a local bazaar, or “souk,” for the most authentic experience. The goods at these markets span a wide range, from handicrafts and spices to extravagant metalwork and elaborately woven carpets. Haggling at a souk is a common practice, although it may be a bit difficult for foreigners. A good place to start is The Souk at Central Market, newly completed in 2010.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to plan your next trip to Abu Dhabi, where long-standing traditions and indigenous values exist in perfect harmony with the pulse of fast-paced modern life.

MUST SEE IN Abu Dhabi LIST:

  • 1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
  • 2. Yas Marina Circuit
  • 3. Corniche
  • 4. Marina Mall Tower
  • 5. Emirates National Auto Museum
  • 6. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
  • 7. Heritage Village
  • 8. Cultural Foundation
  • 9. Paris Gallery
  • 10. Al-Hosn Palace

Abu Dhabi EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Mouloud - February
  • 2. Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival - March
  • 3. Al-Mahabba Festival - April
  • 4. Sounds of Arabia Festival - May
  • 5. Summer in Abu Dhabi Festival - June
  • 6. Liwa Festival - July
  • 7. Chess Festival - August
  • 8. Ramadan and Eid Festival - September
  • 9. Abu Dhabi Film Festival - October
  • 10. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - November

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Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
By Chrystyne Jackson

Make the most of your visit to Abu Dhabi by staying at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. The hotel is located a convenient 5 kilometers from the Abu Dhabi International Airport.  Airport transportation is available for a fee.

The Westin offers spacious and comfortable rooms. The décor is sleek and contemporary. All rooms come with a 42-inch LCD television, along with a DVD player and Ipod docking station. Connecting rooms are an option. High speed Internet access is available.

Guests will appreciate the hotel’s fine amenities. Lounge beside or take a swim in one of the outdoor pools. Indulge yourself with an in room massage. If you enjoy golf the hotel is located next to the Abu Dhabi Golf Course, site of the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. There are other golf courses nearby. Agadir offers Moroccan fare. The Fairways serves International cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lemon & Lime offers Contemporary food. The Retreat has International dishes in a sports bar setting. Enjoy snacks while lounging poolside at The Shades. When exploring the local area be sure to visit Ferrari World, with a Ferrari theme, it is the world’s largest indoor theme park featuring over 20 attractions, Abu Dhabi Corniche, an enchanting beach, Zayed Heritage Village, a reconstruction of an original oasis village featuring a museum and archaeological site, and the Yas Island F1 Circuit, a Formula One racetrack. For a unique adventure, make a day trip of a Liwa Desert Safari, exploring the biggest sand desert in the world.

Create lasting memories of your visit to Abu Dhabi by staying at the Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. WhatsCheaper.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
By Katelyn Mohney

The Sheraton® Hotel & Resort located in Abu Dhabi is a little over twenty miles from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The hotel offers 24-hour self parking and valet parking. Situated near a lagoon leading into Arabian Gulf, the hotel offers the perfect spot for travelers to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the location while still having access to the bustling city and all the opportunities offered by the city. Shopping and dining venues, among many other interesting activities are within walking distance of the Sheraton® Hotel & Resort.

Choose to enjoy your stay in one of the hotels luxurious guest rooms or suites. All rooms are furnished with a television that offers cable and satellite channels. Wake refreshed and ready to go on the unique Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. The large guest room bathrooms feature separate shower stalls and bathtubs so guests can relax with a warm bath after a long and exciting day or take a quick shower before running out the door in the morning. Each room has a coffee and tea maker, a mini bar, a hairdryer, a telephone with a data port and voicemail, and a personal safe for storage of important documents, valuables and keepsakes. Wireless high speed internet access is available in all guest rooms for a daily fee.

If you are hungry for a snack or want to enjoy a meal from the privacy of your room, take advantage of the hotel's room service which is available 24 hours a day. Guests will want to check out the various dining opportunities located within the hotel.

The Sheraton® Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort invites guests to relax and rejuvenate in this serene environment. WhatsCheaper.com can help you book a room today. Just follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to make your reservations.

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St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
By Jaclyn Bealer

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of luxury and novelty in Abu Dhabi, WhatsCheaper.com recommends the The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Beautifully positioned on an island only 7 minutes from the city center and 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, this 5-star resort has everything a traveler could ever want. Check-in is at 3 p.m., but if you arrive early or have a late departure, the resort also features a lounge to accommodate your travel needs.

Guests can choose between 2 types of rooms, the Superior room and the Superior Sea View room, both of which feature a private balcony, king or twin beds, a large bathroom with Remède amenities as well as complimentary WiFi and refreshments. If you’re looking for extra space and amenities, there are also 4 styles of suites, each with its own unique touches ranging from stunning views to private terraces to Jacuzzis. In addition to sophisticated rooms, the St. Regis Butler service is also available to all guests.

Be sure to explore the resort and its picturesque surroundings. Take a walk on the white beach and catch a glimpse of the Bottlenose Dolphins or Hawksbill Turtles. Keep up with your exercise routine in the fitness center, indoor lap pool, two tennis courts, and two squash courts. There are also four outdoor pools including an adult pool with Jacuzzis and a children’s pool with a water slide and cave. Play a round of golf on the 18-hole ocean front course or relax at the world-class Iridium Spa. Savour the resort’s culinary delights when you visit any of the seven decadent dining facilities, including international restaurants, lounges, and a patisserie.

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Aloft Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
By Jaclyn Bealer

On your next visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, WhatsCheaper.com hopes you stay at the Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel and experience a change of pace from the typical getaway. Aloft offers a contemporary, no-walls design aimed at promoting openness and the free flow of energy. In addition to eye-catching decor, the hotel is located in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and is only a 15-minute drive from the Abu Dhabi Airport. Check-in at Aloft is a breeze with their Touch & Go kiosks where you can choose your room, confirm rates, collect keys, and even print boarding passes when you check-out.

The hotel boasts 408 spacious rooms and suites, all of which come with extra-comfortable beds, spacious spa showers with amenities by Bliss® Spa. Guests will also enjoy the 42" LCD TV as well as the plug-and-play connectivity options and hotel-wide complimentary WiFi access. Looking for a view of the pool, the Capital Marina, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, or perhaps a corner view of all three? Upgrade to a suite and select which picturesque view you would rather wake up to each morning.  

Be sure to explore all of the amenities this unique hotel has to offer. You can break a sweat in the re:charge gym and then cool off in the Splash pool. When it’s time to eat, enjoy a meal at the Maï Cafe & Restaurant or swing by re:fuel for a quick snack. Interested in a cocktail? Mingle in the w xyz bar or take in the sights of Abu Dhabi from Relax@12, the hotel’s rooftop bar.

Whether you’re traveling on business or holiday, Aloft Abu Dhabi has it all. Isn’t it time you stayed in a hotel that’s just as individual as you are? Let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your room today. Click the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started!

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Hilton Baynunah Hotel
P. O. Box 30877, Abu Dhabi, 00001, United Arab Emirates
By Katelyn Mohney

The Hilton® Baynunah Hotel in Abu Dhabi is a 40 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport and only 10 minutes from the middle of the city, which offers a variety of entertainment opportunities, including historical and cultural enrichment activities. Guests may want to try one of the hotel's restaurants or one of the restaurants nearby, which offer many different types of cuisine. The Marina Mall is an excellent place to shop and there are small interesting shops which spot the area. Check-in is at 1 p.m. in the afternoon and check-out ends at noon.

The hotel offers executive guest rooms with queen sized beds. Guests may choose a Queen Hilton® Deluxe or a Queen Hilton® Deluxe Plus. Guest rooms are furnished with an office area with a desk and chair. Wireless or wired high speed internet access is available in guest rooms. All rooms feature a television with standard and premium channels, including HBO®, ESPN and CNN, offering guests the best entertainment and information opportunities. Guest rooms feature kitchenettes with miniature refrigerators for storage of leftovers from meals our, room service or favorite beverages and snacks. The hotel delivers a complimentary local newspaper to guest rooms; catch up on the news while you enjoy your favorite hot beverages in the morning with the coffee and tea maker located in all guest rooms.

Guests may want to check out the Level 2 Restaurant featured in the hotel. Open from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. the menu has a variety of delicious options and local specialties that are served for every meal, after and in-between.

The Hilton® Baynunah Hotel invites you to enjoy this clean, comfortable and convenient environment, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. WhatsCheaper.com can help you book a room today; follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to make reservations today.

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Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Khalifa Street, PO Box 45505 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
By Doree Simon

Find yourself surrounded by serene gardens and absolute luxury at the Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi. Located within walking distance to the commercial and business district, Le Royal Méridien is an ideal place to stay for travelers looking for an oasis in the middle of the city. The friendly hotel staff can help guests with creating tourist and business itineraries, as well as travel arrangements to the Abu Dhabi International Airport and local attractions including the National Theatre and the Abu Dhabi Classical Music Society. Avis Car Rental is available and the hotel staff can provide valet service upon request.

Le Royal Méridien provides ultimate comfort and convenience with disability accessible rooms and numerous luxurious amenities. Guests can relax poolside, in the private lounge, health club, beauty salon, or the lush gardens that surround the hotel. Laundry, currency exchange, and shoeshine services are easily available, and for business travelers, a secretarial staff to help things run smoothly.

The hotel’s 198 guestrooms and 79 suites offer an assortment of group size options for Abu Dhabi visitors. Le Royal Méridien rooms come standard with satellite televisions, CD players with alarm clocks, cribs (upon request), bathrobes and slippers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, full-length mirrors, and phones with data ports, international direct dialing and voicemail. Guests are greeted with a mini-bar, fruit basket, coffee and tea, and complimentary daily newspapers.

Luxury even comes standard in the bathrooms, where guests are surrounded by black and white veined marble and claw-foot tubs. With 24-hour in-room dining and internet access for a small fee, Le Royal Méridien is sure to make its guests feel like royalty.

Le Royal Méridien’s lavish amenities and a round-the-clock multilingual staff make this gem in the heart of the United Arab Emirates the perfect destination for travelers looking for a relaxing place to stay in Abu Dhabi. Book your reservation through WhatsCheaper.com today by clicking this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php)! 

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