United Arab Emirates Capital City

Visit Abu Dhabi

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The United Arab Emirates capital city is Abu Dhabi. It is the richest emirate and certainly one that is a great treat to visit or live in!

Fast growing and combining the old and the new this place is a force to be reckoned with!

Abu Dhabi is a an amazing destination! Full of things to explore, great food to try and amazing beaches you are sure to have a blast!

Abu Dhabi is a safe place to visit, but you need to remember it's still an Arab state. That means you adhere to local customs as much as possible.

The local people try to accept our cultural differences, but you should treat them as you want to be treated at home.


Transportation

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Getting around Abu Dhabi is easy with cheap taxis or car rentals! Also learn about the growing public bus system. Read our travel guide here!

Weather

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Weather in Abu Dhabi can be downright hot to chilly-see the temperatures for each month and plan the best time to visit (or escape if you live here!)

Learn more about the Flag of the UAE here. From the meaning and history behind it

See maps of the UAE and Abu Dhabi here! Learn all you need to know to find your way around!

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Side trips in the Gulf Region are one of the great advantages of being based in Abu Dhabi! Fly over to Bahrain or Qatar for a weekend! We tell you the best places to go in the region here!

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Side Trips in the UAE are very possible as nothing is too far away! Whether you want to visit Ajman, Dubai or Hatta and beyond we have all the details o the 7 emirates here!

Tips for Travel to UAE

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Use some of the following tips to make your trip to Abu Dhabi the best it can be:

• Always check with the UAE embassy in your home country before traveling to make sure you have all the proper documentation (visa, passport, etc.) for traveling within Abu Dhabi

• Register with your passport country's embassy in the UAE or onlin. Read more about embassies in Abu Dhabi here.

• Be aware smoking is banned in public

• Even though the crime rate is very low, theere still are crimes. Adhere to all the local policies and local laws and you won't have any problems. Remember to always be as cautious as you are at home.

• Sub-tropical climate makes it easy to enjoy Abu Dhabi. But you do have to watch out for the hot sand and sidewalks. Noon is not a good time to venture out of doors to enjoy the day. Follow the custom and stay indoors until late in the afternoon.

• Personally, I feel the best time to visit is November to February when the weather is more tolerable.

• Be aware that during Ramadan limited places to eat will be available during the day and life is very slow paced!

• Swimsuits and shorts are usually only allowed on the beaches. It is not appropriate to walk around wearing swimwear.

• Tipping is usually 10 to 15 % of the total bill and is ALREADY added to the bill, but most expect a little form of appreciation.

City transport is improving but still limited to buses. Taxis are readily available and cheap, for example from Khalifa A to the Corniche is about AED 50.

•To rent a vehicle you'll need an international driver's license, and credit card. You can also hire a driver and bargain the price with the driver. Lots of fun!

Check out these movies about the UAE and Abu Dhabi for a closer look at this beautiful city! Read it here.

Quick Abu Dhabi Facts


The currency is the Dirham or it can also be called the AED

• The official language of the UAE is Arabic with English as the second language.

• The people of the UAE are generally very welcoming and hospitable.

•Development of Abu Dhabi uses trade, manufacturers, tourism, construction and banking to increase the economy and social status of Abu Dhabi.

• The total land mass of Abu Dhabi is larger than 65,000 sq km.

• Islam is the main religion of Abu Dhabi but they also have other faiths that are recognized and accepted.

• Abu Dhabi has a subtropical climate with the hottest months during May through September. The temperature range from the mid 40s at night during the hottest time to mid 20s during the coolest time of year (December through February).

• Rainfall is on the short supply with less than 6 inches per year or 15 cms. They do have the occasional sand storm.

• The national dress for men is a "dishdash", which is a long cotton shirt (usually comes down to floor length)worn with a white headdress known as a "gutra". The gutra is kept still with a black rope or an "agal".

• The women dress in a full length dress on top of their clothes with a head covering called a "sheyla".


• Abu Dhabi is in the time zone of GMT +4, which means Greenwich Mean Time plus 4 hours.

• The common electric socket is a 3 pin socket with 22 volt electricity.

• Telephone code for Abu Dhabi is 02 with international code of 00 971 2.

• Friday is the Islamic Holy day.

• Weekends fall on Friday/Saturday

Abu Dhabi Working Hours

Abu Dhabi working and opening hours

• Government staff work double shift- 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and again from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

• Private companies work 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

• Shopping mall hours are 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

• Supermarkets hours are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

• Hours for school are 7:00 am to 2:00 pm The terms in schools are starting in September ending in June.


UAE Public Holidays 2012

These date are approximate as most holidays depend on the moon sightings. January 1st 2012 International New Year-one day
February 4th 2012 Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday-one day
June 17th 2012 Israa & Miaraj Night- one day
July 20th 2012 Ramadan -30 days
August 19th 2012 Eid Al Fitr - three days
October 25th 2012 Arafat Day- one day
October 26th 2012 Eid Al Adha- three days
November 15th 2012 Hijri New Year's Day-one day
December 2nd and 3rd 2012 UAE National Day-two days

UAE Emergency Numbers

The emergency number in the UAE is 999.

  • Ambulance 998
  • Fire 997
  • Police 999

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