Abu Dhabi is the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city of Abu Dhabi is located on an island in the Arabian Gulf surrounded by artificial and natural white sand islands. The majority of the Abu Dhabi emirate however consists of desert stretching from Dubai in the North all the way to the Saudi border. In Abu Dhabi you can also find a part of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand sea that stretches through Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman.
Recently Abu Dhabi aimed to reduce the dependency of oil and gas exports and invest in becoming a cultural, entertainment and tourism destination. Some of the tangible results are the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, Manarat Al Saadiyat and Yas Island with its theme parks and Yas Marina Circuit home of the annual F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. Dozens of new luxury hotels opened in Abu Dhabi in the last decade and our team of travel experts decided to rank them in our Top 10 best luxury hotels & resorts in Abu Dhabi. Our top picks include everything from desert resorts to opulent luxury hotels and a private island resort to a grand palace. Abu Dhabi and its best luxury hotels offer a sophisticated alternative to neighboring Dubai.