With its show-stopping architecture, glamorous shopping malls and palm-fringed beaches, Abu Dhabi is deserving of its reputation as the rising star of the Middle East. At less than two hours drive from Dubai, Abu Dhabi also makes a good choice for a day trip.
The most thrilling way to cross the border is with a 45-minute seaplane flight, affording unbeatable views of Palm Jumeirah, World Island and the F1 Grand Prix Circuit. For a thorough overview of Abu Dhabi, opt for a city tour that covers all the main sights and marvel over the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, drive the scenic Corniche coastal road and get a feel for life in a Bedouin encampment at the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village.
Alternatively, discover modern Abu Dhabi on an architecture tour of Masdar City, Yas Island and Saadiyat Island; visit the Falcon hospital or get your adrenaline pumping at the Ferrari World. Finally, for a VIP experience, why not combine an Abu Dhabi City Tour with lunch at the opulent Emirates Palace Hotel?