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CAPITAL OF THE UAE
The emirate of Abu Dhabi is the capital
of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the
wealthiest of all the emirates, and makes up
more than 80% of the country’s landmass.
Abu Dhabi city is located on an island with
suburbs extending to the mainland, and is
just an hour and half drive from the smaller,
neighbouring emirate of Dubai.
With close to 50 direct flights between
Australia and Abu Dhabi each week, getting
there has never been easier. Abu Dhabi city
is just 38 km from Abu Dhabi International
Airport (code: AUH) - home to the national
carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad
Airways - and a mere 90 minutes from Dubai
International Airport making access from
there convenient, too.
The local currency is the United Arab Emirates
dirham (AED) divided into 100 fils and pegged
to the US dollar (US$1 = AED 3.6725).
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
Cash and travellers’ cheques can be
exchanged in licenced exchange offices,
banks and hotels. A passport is required.
‘Bureau de Change’ offices are found in
major malls and popular shopping districts
right across Abu Dhabi. Many hotels will also
exchange money and travellers’ cheques at
standard rates. Cash is the always best
option in souks (markets) or smaller shops.
Australian passport holders receive a free-
of-charge 30-day visitor visa-on-arrival entry
visa at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Cruise passengers can apply now for a
multiple-entry visa for just AED 200 (US$55).
Taxis are well-priced, plentiful and easily
recognised by their silver livery and yellow
roof sign. They can be flagged at the
roadside, booked by phone or via the
Abu Dhabi Taxi app.
Abu Dhabi Airport’s terminals are
serviced by reliable, clean metered taxis.
On arrival, decline the offers from drivers
who may have entered the arrivals hall,
and proceed to the taxi stands outside.
A dedicated fleet of black, 6-seater
Mercedes airport taxis is available
at Terminals 1 & 3. These vehicles travel
only between the airport and hotels.
Regular metered taxis are also available
here (if your final destination is not a
hotel) and from Terminal 2. Apart from
a slightly higher flagfall, fares in the
black airport cabs are similar to regular
metered taxis. Depending on the location
of your hotel, your fare from the airport
should be less than AED 100 dirhams
(approx. AU$35), and take roughly
Local car rental operators require a copy
of your passport, credit card, a valid
international driving licence or driving
licence from your home country.
ATMs around Abu Dhabi typically
recognise American Express, Cirrus,
Global Access, MasterCard, Plus System
and VISA. ATMs are found in all shopping
malls, major supermarkets and petrol
stations, and at the airport.
Tipping in Abu Dhabi is not expected, but
is commonly practised and entirely at a
customer’s discretion. Fine dining and
high-end restaurants may add a 10% service
charge and a tourism levy of 6% to your bill.
These charges are often included in and
denoted on menu prices when they are.
Abu Dhabi uses 230-volt electricity, and
three-pronged Type-G electrical plugs as
commonly found in the UK, Ireland, Malaysia
THE WORKING WEEK
The work week for both the public and
private sectors runs from Sunday to
Thursday, with weekends being a Friday
holy day) and Saturday affair.
CLIMATE & WHAT TO WEAR
With a sub-tropical, arid climate, Abu Dhabi
enjoys year-round sunshine, little rainfall and
near perfect winter temperatures. Rainfall
averages just 12cm annually across the
emirate, falling mainly in winter (November
to March), and most commonly in the
‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain due to its proximity to
the Hajar mountains. Temperatures range
from average evening minimums of 13 °C
in winter, to highs in the vicinity of 42 °C
in the heat of a summer’s day. The cooler
months - November to April - are lovely, with
temperatures around 24 °C during the day
and mid-teens at night.
WHAT TO WEAR
Lightweight summer clothing is suitable
for most of the year, but something slightly
warmer may be needed for the winter months.
No matter when you visit, it’s advisable to
bring a light jacket or sweater as the air
conditioning can be brisk. Fairly liberal
attitudes towards dress prevail in Abu Dhabi
but, like anywhere, respect for local customs
is recommended particularly when out and
about. Short or tight clothing may be worn,
but it will attract unwelcome attention.
Practical travel information and the answers to just about every Abu Dhabi travel question
we can imagine
A STRICT DRESS CODE APPLIES WHEN VISITING
THE SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE.
Refer to the Ten Top Things section of this guide for details.
Abu Dhabi: At A Glance
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