From November 2016 Celebrity Cruises are offering a new experience, a home port in Abu Dhabi – You get to enjoy overnight and double overnight stays in destinations like Dubai and Muscat, giving you more time to explore.

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Dugong (Sea Cow)

I don’t know about you, but I imagine it to be like Dubai…. How wrong am I, with natural Mangroves teeming with Dugongs (Sea Cows) to Nature Reserves

Abu Dhabi (in Arabic, means ‘Father of the Gazelle’) the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, and the largest of the 7 Emirates. Since the discovery of oil in the 1950’s it’s transformed into a modern and cosmopolitan city.

With over 400 kilometres of coastline, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and deserts it offers a diverse range of activities for visitors.

Year round sunshine, cheap taxis to get around… I’m sold!

So what to expect:

Corniche – A 8 kilometre stretch of beach, well groomed waterfront with cafes restaurants, kids play area and cycle paths

Al Ain – A 90 minute drive from the City, it’s one of the world’s oldest inhabited settlements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Al Jahili Fort and Al Ain Oasis full of shady walkways

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Al Jahili Fort

Liwa desert dunes – Take part in Dune bashing & Sand boarding or experience an Arabian nights Village with falconry show and traditional food and entertainment

Who would have thought that dotted off the coast are numerous Islands. From Saadiyat Island with its ultra golf course and luxury hotels, to Yas Island – Home to Formula 1 race track, Ferrari World and waterpark

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F1 track on Yas Island

Worth a visit is Etihad Towers ( if you have seen Fast and The Furious 7, its where the cars jump from each building in mid air) – take to the 74th floor observation deck for a panoramic view of Abu Dhabi

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the world’s largest – complimentary one hour guided tours run from Sunday to Thursday. Ladies must dress appropriately.

Abu Dhabi appeals to all ages, it’s the kind of place you can expect luxury. Kayak the mangroves by day and sleep out in the desert by night.

Check out our online mailer from this weekend, full of exclusive Arabian Delights!

 

 

 


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