Why You Should Visit Cardiff
Cardiff has transformed in recent decades into a modern city with many excellent shopping centers, restaurants and bars that keep the atmosphere lively both day and night, yet if you know where to look you can gain a glimpse into the city’s past as an industrial powerhouse. There are a huge number of festivals and cultural events held in Cardiff over the course of the year, with the city boasting many excellent venues like the Motorpoint Arena and St David’s Hall. The most iconic architectural wonder in Cardiff is undoubtedly Cardiff Castle which has been immaculately preserved, while there are also many world-class museums like the National Museum Cardiff exploring the interesting heritage of the city in greater detail.
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Arriving In Cardiff
Cardiff Airport is the busiest airport in Wales situated roughly 20 km away from Cardiff. The airport is set within a single terminal complex and offers everything you would need in terms of amenities and facilities. If you would rather use public transport when you have arrived then you can hop on the airport bus which can take you into the city, although there are also plenty of taxis available. During your time at the airport there are a few dining and drinking choices available alongside retail and duty-free shopping, while you can also benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi for up to 30 minutes to get online.
If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Cardiff you will not be able to make the journey directly and will instead need to make a stopover. Cardiff Airport has connections to a few leading airports around Europe including Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle, and a new route from Doha in Qatar is commencing in May 2018.
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Cardiff Travel Information
UAE nationals flying to the UK can apply online for an electronic visa waiver before making the journey. The weather can get fairly chilly over the winter in Cardiff so make sure you wrap up warm, while over the summer you can expect average highs exceeding 20 degrees and plenty of sunshine. Cardiff is served by an extensive network of buses and trains which can help you to get around, while you will be able to find numerous car rental agencies at Cardiff Airport.
* This information is correct as of October 2017
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