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News / 5 reasons why Abu Dhabi is what your 2018 travel wish list needs

What was a quaint fishing village just fifty years ago is now one of the Emirates’ most bustling cities - a booming metropolis rivalling Dubai as the must visit Emirati destination. Compared to the glitz and glam that its sister city is renowned for, Abu Dhabi's charm is in its more understated approach, whilst still offering its visitors a thriving centre for one-of-a-kind arts and entertainment.

From the opening of the much anticipated Warner Bros. World, to extraordinary Formula 1 experiences, find out what Abu Dhabi has in store for the remainder of your year…

August / Play: Warner Bros. World

Featuring six immersive lands and 29 state-of-the-art rides, Warner Bros. World is Abu Dhabi’s latest offering for thrill seekers and movie lovers alike. Opening its doors on 25 July 2018, this expansive indoor theme park is set to bring to life some of the most well-known characters of both the big and small screens – including those from Gotham City, DC Universe and Bedrock.

September / See: Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi

A painting rediscovered after being hidden for more than 500 years, Salvator Mundi is one of fewer than 20 surviving Da Vinci works. Last year, it became the world’s most expensive painting, selling for an unprecedented $450.3 million. Being showcased for the first time later this year, the masterpiece will be housed at the super structure that is Louvre Abu Dhabi, with September's visitors able to catch the first glimpse of this elusive work of art.

November / Access: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Formula 1 calendar, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set to be a thrilling finale to 2018’s sporting calendar – taking place from 22- 25th November. Experience the twists and turns of the Yas Marina Circuit up close by staying at Yas Hotel– the only hotel in the world to be situated on an F1 track.

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November / Ride: Super Parks Pass

Home to some of the most exhilarating attractions the Emirates has to offer, Yas Island is most famous for its on-track entertainment – including the annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Yas Island Super Parks Pass offers F1 ticket holders unlimited access to all three attractions: Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World.

December / Shop: Etihad Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass

Ideal for some pre-Christmas shopping and pampering, the Etihad Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass provides Etihad travellers with the best savings the city has to offer across fashion brands, restaurants, beach clubs and attractions. What's more, the pass has increased its number of exclusive benefits – including a morning desert drive, Abu Dhabi city tour, and reductions at Park Hyatt’s eateries and spa.

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