Day 1: Friday 4 January 2019 – Abu Dhabi
Land in Abu Dhabi or Dubai transfer to hotel in Abu Dhabi. The world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest rollercoaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn’t afraid to challenge world records. Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still…except perhaps the herons in its mangroves. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Perhaps head out for some retail therapy, enjoy the roof-top pool or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.
Day 2: Saturday 5 January 2019 – Abu Dhabi
At 9am, take part in a guided tour of Abu Dhabi. Be mesmerised by the grandness of the new additions to Abu Dhabi’s skyline. Marvel at the jewel of the city, the majestic Grand Mosque, the third largest in the world, able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshippers. The tour will continue to the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, followed by a drive along the spectacular Corniche, with its gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments. You will stop at the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum that depicts the traditional activities of the Arab community before the discovery of oil. We drive past the presidential palace areas for lunch in the majestic Emirates Palace Hotel: what the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is to the vertical, the Emirates Palace is to the horizontal, with audacious domed gatehouses and flying ramps to the foyer, 114 domes and a 1.3km private beach. In the afternoon, visit Yas Marina Circuit the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the nearby Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (optional cost).
Tonight, attend the 8pm opening match of the 2019 Asian Cup between hosts UAE and Bahrain at the 43,600-seater Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Return to your hotel after the game. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.