Why choose a cruise to Port Zayed for Abu Dhabi?

It’s no surprise that Abu Dhabi is known as the Arabian Jewel: with its modern skyscrapers, sparkling clear waters and rolling sand dunes, it’s a special state. The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi offers a surprising variety of activities: you could spend one minute admiring Ferraris, and the next trekking through the desert on a camel. Cruise ships dock at Port Zayed, a purpose-built terminal just half-an-hour from the centre. The Blue Flag beaches, stretches of cycle paths, incredible landmarks and vast deserts make it a state that offers something new and exciting on every visit.

abhu dhabiA guide to Abu Dhabi’s hotspots

From culture to supercars, Abu Dhabi is full of interesting and entertaining attractions. The stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-see. It can fit up to 40,000 worshippers inside and has 82 white marble domes around it. Women must wear loose clothes that cover their head and body to tour inside.

Step the luxury levels up a notch and head to the Emirates Palace – one of the most expensive hotels ever built. Wander around its private beach, marina and manicured gardens before settling down for an indulgent high tea.

abu dhabiCar fans should make a beeline for Ferrari World. The world’s largest indoor theme park, it’s full of rides and attractions all themed around Ferrari. The Formula Rossa rollercoaster reaches speeds of 150 mph – the fastest ever – and is designed to give visitors the same G-force that Formula One drivers get. If you’d rather leave the speeding to the professionals, visit the Yas Marina Circuit for a tour of the podium, starting grid, pit garages and control room.

Leave the city behind and explore the wilderness around Abu Dhabi. You can take 4×4 adventures in the desert, where your driver will take you up some of the largest sand dunes on the planet. Or, head for the network of mangroves that snake around the outskirts of the city. In a kayak you’ll see the state from a whole new perspective.

abhu dhabiCruise lines that sail to Port Zayed for Abu Dhabi

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a hot and dry climate with low levels of rainfall. Because of its scorching heat, it’s best to visit during the spring or winter. During spring, you can expect temperatures to reach around 33°C, while the winter averages between 18°C-24°C. if you’re planning on soaking up as much sun as possible, then visit in the summer. Between July and August, temperatures exceed 40°C. UV rays are strong in Abu Dhabi, so remember to wear long-sleeved tops and plenty of sunscreen.

Did you know?

  • Abu Dhabi has ATMs that dispense bars of gold
  • The Yas Marina Circuit cost an estimated US $1 billion to build and is the most technologically advanced circuit in the world
  • The Capital Gate Building slopes at an 18˚ angle – 14˚ more than the Tower of Pisa.