At the end of October I’m planning to reach with my two young children my husband who works near Abu Dhabi. Can anyone suggest me a good /not expensive hotel? Since we will stay there for one week, what can we visit or do?
Thank you for your advice!
Abu Dhabi for a week will be enough time to keep yourself occupied. Not sure how young is young insofar as your children, but Ferrari World is worth a look - I've not been there, but am very keen to go - I've only heard good things about the place. Just letting you know that if you are in Abu Dhabi during the first week of November, it is Grand Prix time and hotel prices will skyrocket accordingly - there will be no cheap options in town during that time.
An essential stop is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, but don't go on a Friday. I've included a photo to tempt you.
This is the official tourism website for Abu Dhabi, there should be ideas on that: Visit Abu Dhabi
If you can, try to go to Dubai, it is only an hour and a bit away by car (not during peak hour though). Mall of the Emirates has the indoor ski slope which is definitely fun for children, and Dubai Mall has the Aquarium.
Finally, accommodation - there are no shortage of choices in Abu Dhabi, you just need to find one that you like. Try searching the usual third party hotel search engines.
I'm not sure if this applies to Abu Dhabi, but in Dubai, be cautious of any 3-4 star hotel that offers a nightclub. These nightclubs can be so loud that one can hear the noise throughout the entire building - try to opt for an apartment instead - as they almost never have nightclubs on their premises.
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Thank you for your advice! I was thinking to go at the end of October but your hint about the Grand Prix stopped me: I live in Monza, near Milan, and every year I escape from the Grand Prix mess...
I've seen your blog Delirium in Dubai: wonderful!
You live near Monza, for someone like me that sounds wonderful!
The Grand Prix is on Sunday 4 November, so after 31 October would be best avoided unless you plan on seeing the race. You could still visit prior to that time without too much inconvenience I suspect.
Glad you liked my blog, and thanks for leaving comments. I think I forgot to post the relevant photo to it in my above post, that is rectified now.
Hi Angie, i was just going to add to look into the temperatures as we had planned on going this month but when i spoek to people and investigated the weather more i put it off until April next year. It can be about 50 degrees so apart from hanging out in shopping centres etc i wasnt keen to take my kids. Although there is SOOOOO much to do i am definitly keen to go 😊
Tam, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are much cooler than that currently (SBS weather is showing mid-high 30s) - early October can occasionally still be in the low 40s, but highly unlikely this late. May-September are the worst months.
Also note that Doha (Qatar) is consistently five degrees or more hotter than
Dubai. Kuwait is also a warmer temperature, but not sure by how much. So there are certainly differences within the region.
The temperature there is a dry heat, I did not have any problems even in the low 40s (I'm more used to tropical heat) but one day in Qatar it reached 50 and that was damn uncomfortable.
Have a look at this, Abu Dhabi Climate Guide
, I find the site very useful for world weather.
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Ah good info Shane! My trip to HK was actually last month so it would have been for Sept that i was looking rather than october, my mistake. But it was the weather that did put me off and i am a hot temperature type of person...35 degrees in perth would be my favourite 😊
Cant wait till Qantas flies directly to dubai though as its going to make it such a huge destination for aussies.