Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital, is scattered across a sequence of islands. Beyond the mega malls and golden beaches, the chief emirate will keep you busy with kayaking in the mangroves, ogling art at the Louvre, and marveling at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. In between sights, you can sip 24-carat gold cappuccinos and collect trinkets in souks. The slower pace makes Abu Dhabi a choice destination for families, honeymooners, and remote workers. Make a date to stay at one of these deluxe Airbnbs in Abu Dhabi’s coolest neighborhoods.
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Located on Saadiyat Island near the Louvre Abu Dhabi, this sumptuous villa comprises en suite bedrooms with private balconies overlooking a landscaped garden. In addition to the classic kitchen, you have an al fresco pizza oven and barbecue for poolside dining. Rental includes the complimentary use of golf carts, bikes, and an electric scooter. This resort-style property is perfect for families and kids.
Eight guests, five bedrooms Price: $2,722 per night
Floating between the Cultural District and mangrove forest, Reem Island is one of the most desirable areas to stay in Abu Dhabi. This immaculate apartment gives you the practicality of a vacation home at hotel standard. The beds are dressed in silky sheets and velvety throws while the kitchen has all the cookware you’d need. Communal amenities include a state-of-the-art gym and separate swimming pools for adults and kids.
Unpack your suitcase at this ultra-luxe condo at Abu Dhabi’s most coveted address, Mamsha Al Saadiyat. This upscale property development is a hop, a skip, and a jump from the sandy shores of Soul Beach and its troupe of seafront eateries. Sip your morning espresso at the breakfast bar or take it outside – you have not one, not two, but three balconies. You’ll have full access to the pool and gym plus a parking space.
This modern apartment on Reem Island is mere minutes from the main attractions of Abu Dhabi. Floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the morning sun into the lounge while views skim the creek and city. Stock up on groceries and you can have a go at rustling up your own Emirati dishes in the fully-stocked kitchen. During your stay, you’re welcome to use the pool and gym.
Stay in the heart of the emirate capital at this vacation pad minutes from Corniche Beach and its iconic promenade. Consisting of two double bedrooms, a fitted kitchen, and a tub, this is a prime pick for families or a pair of couples. Many attractions are within walking distance while the Grand Mosque and Louvre are just 20 minutes behind the wheel.
Stay amid the action on Yas Island – the setting for Ferrari World, Warner Bros World, and Abu Dhabi’s largest mall. The apartment’s aesthetic is influenced by Arabic and Scandinavian elements to create a calming place to recharge and you’ll find all the mod-cons including laundry facilities. This condo is best suited to a couple but extra guests can bed down on the settee.
Spoil yourself with an extravagant getaway at this panoramic Airbnb near Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is large enough to accommodate a small family while kids will relish the pools and playground. The Corniche and UAE Presidential Palace are right on the doorstep alongside scores of restaurants and grocery stores.
The UAE is known for its legendary water parks but only this luxury houseboat Airbnb in Abu Dhabi lets you bounce around your aquatic playground! Docked on a private island near The Corniche, the yacht features four cabins, a huge salon, and a kitchen. The captain will transfer you to and from the boat and deck staff are on hand as required. The boat may be hired overnight or just for the day.
Sixteen guests, four bedrooms Price: $715 per night
Rest up at this designer Airbnb close to Yas Island and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The interiors are beautifully styled with platform beds, a modular couch, and tiled bathrooms. Cook up a feast in the gourmet kitchen or dial up a local chef to take the heat off. The villa opens out onto a secluded deck with a pool plus a separate lawn ideal for yoga or meditation.
Slumber by the sea at this exclusive vacation rental in the heart of the Cultural District. The roomy lounge and kitchen are down on the lower level of the duplex while the bedroom is nestled in the light-filled mezzanine. You can eye vacant sun loungers from the terrace as you slap on the SPF and enjoy easy strolls to a myriad of beachfront restaurants.
One of the best Airbnbs in Abu Dhabi for a longer stay, this spacious studio has a cracking view of the downtown skyscrapers through its walls of windows. Nareel Island is less than 10 minutes from The Corniche, Marina Mall, and Qasr Al Watan by Careem/Uber yet affords you a peaceful night’s sleep. The kitchen is well-stocked, the bathroom has a tub, and you’ll have free parking if needed.
Two guests, one bedroom (studio) Price: $201 per night
Abu Dhabi is spread over a series of islands linked by road in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. The capital emirate is divided into the UAE Capital City, Al Ain to the east, and Al Dhafra to the West. These districts are broken down into smaller neighborhoods. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) which is a 20-minute drive from the city center.
How far is Abu Dhabi from Dubai?
Abu Dhabi is located 80 miles southwest of Dubai. It takes around 90 minutes to drive between the two emirates although bus journeys are closer to two hours. The E100 bus service connects Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Bur Dubai (Al Fahidi) with Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station. Meanwhile, the E101 bus departs from Ibn Battuta Bus Station near Dubai Marina.
What time zone is Abu Dhabi?
The United Arab Emirates follows Gulf Standard Time (GST) which puts the time in Abu Dhabi at GMT/UTC +04:00. As with Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, the country doesn’t practice daylight saving time.