Washington Dulles International (IAD) is located in Chantilly, Va., 26 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. The 16-mile access highway is accessible from I-66 and from I-95. Flights to Abu Dhabi International (AUH) typically depart in the evening between 8 and 10 p.m. You can reach Central Abu Dhabi via the E10 and E20 highways, and buses and taxis can be found at the lower curbside outside any terminal.
Abu Dhabi is built on a cluster of islands, and is renowned for its many beaches. Corniche Beach lies at the edge of the main island, and boasts 1.5 miles of smooth sand and clear water. For a more natural experience you can visit Mirfa beach, a secluded spot near a small town 100 miles west of the city. South of Abu Dhabi is The Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world. You can climb the enormous Tal Morib sand dune, or spend the night in a bedouin tent in the Arabian Nights Village.
Abu Dhabi is hot and sunny year round, so pack light clothing, even in winter. You may still want to bring a jacket or sweater, since indoor air conditioning can be quite powerful. Travelers often stay in one of several popular beachfront hotels, either on the main island or on Yas Island to the northeast.