Whilst I’m not sure why Abu Dhabi is the focus of this deal, Air France is offering some aggressive deals out of Dublin to the Emirate.
How aggressive? £1,100 return, if you stay five nights:
Dates appear to be November to Summer 2024, although the Grand Prix period is excluded.
The only catch is that this is a Business Light fare which comes with no airport lounge access and no free seat selection until check-in. You do get fast track benefits though.
For sadists, there are also routes which go via Amsterdam AND Paris (Dublin – Amsterdam – Paris – Abu Dhabi!). This might be useful if you’re looking to maximise Virgin Atlantic tier points.
In fact, to be honest, the whole fare is best suited for someone looking to earn or retain Virgin Flying Club elite status. This article explains how many Virgin Atlantic tier points you earn from Air France. It looks like you’d get 280 points return on this itinerary.
For anyone else, flying UK – Dublin – Paris – Abu Dhabi may be a bit excessive even if the fare is £1,100 return plus the cost of the UK connection.
You can play around with dates on the Air France website here.