The city offers all the great experiences of Dubai without the chaos.
Want to arrive after a long-haul flight looking great? Ditch the make-up.
What it lacks in terms of decent food and architectural beauty, it makes up for in shops, lots of shops.
The flight, one of the least expensive ways of getting from Sydney to London with an interesting stopover during the pre-Christmas peak season when I'd booked, was worth every dollar.
When they were first introduced in 2014, the orange pinafore-clad crew members were dedicated to children. Now they perform regular flight duties as well.
This seat's extreme comfort allows a seven-hour sleep – possibly my long-haul record.
Abu Dhabi is a modern city steeped in the traditions and hospitality of its Bedouin past
Its neighbour and rival in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, may be better known, but Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a high-profile tourism destination too. Home to the 'seven star' hotel, the Emirates Palace, the world's only Ferrari theme park (featuring the world's fastest roller-coaster) and with plans for both a Louvre and Guggenheim museum, Abu Dhabi is putting itself on the map for travellers.