Stopover and stay in Abu Dhabi

Conveniently located between the UK and the rest of the world, Abu Dhabi presents the perfect opportunity to stopover and stay a little longer in a surreal Emirati city. Also, by adding a stopover, you'll not only break up your flight but you'll also enjoy a unique stay complete with beaches, sunny weather, desert safaris, traditional monuments and modern skyscrapers. 2016 also marks the opening of the highly-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi, set to transform Saadiyat Island into the city's cultural hub later this year. 

Abu Dhabi International Airport is a major hub for Etihad Airways, so many flights from the UK to destinations like Australia, New Zealand and Asia can be tailored to include a stopover in Abu Dhabi. And thanks to Etihad's close partnership with Virgin Australia, once you've had your fill of Abu Dhabi you can take to the skies to discover a strong network of flights all across the Land Down Under. Virgin Australia's Abu Dhabi services will recommence in July 2016.

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Top 5 Places to Stay in Abu Dhabi

  • Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
    Located on the waterfront of a mangrove lagoon, the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is all about culture and luxury. It fuses authentic Arabian architecture with modern, lavish amenities and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows or even a private rooftop pool.
  • Anantara Qasr Al Sarab
    The Anantara Qasr Al Sarab is one of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi – in fact, thanks to its unique Empty Quarter location, exquisite decor and private butler service, it was even named the United Arab Emirates Leading Desert Resort 2015 at the World Travel Awards.
  • Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
    With an enviable beachfront locale, this contemporary hotel boasts beautiful rooms and perfectly manicured gardens that give way to untouched golden sands. It's just 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and has a vantage point directly across the water from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
  • Yas Viceroy
    Sleek edges and innovative rooms help the Yas Viceroy feel like it's a hotel from the future. It still benefits from a classic paradise location though on Yas Island, complete with sandy beaches, a range of cuisine – from seafood to Indian fare – and views over the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit.
  • Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island
    It's easy to see why the Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island is an award-winning property. Nestled on a stretch of environmentally-protected white sand, it offers over 300 luxury rooms, suites and villas, a Championship golf course, the decadent Atarmia Spa and three varied restaurant choices.