About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the largest city and Capital of the Emirate. It is also considered to be one of the most modern cities in the world. A swanky, fast-paced cultural capital that exudes oomph, sublimity, sensual excesses, and a thriving art and culture scene. Though this city is desert-filled with intensely hot temperatures for most of the year, it has various attractions to offer to the tourists and add values to their experiences. From zoos to theme parks, pristine sandy beaches to shopping malls, glitzy modern amenities to futuristic city life, you will be mesmerized not only by the wonderful architectural beauty but also by its rich culture. The feel of the city is historic with a touch of modernity. Head toward the city of Abu Dhabi for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a city that shines like a magical pearl in the Gulf.

Public Transport System

Buses, Shuttle, Water-taxi

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Water Taxi: AED 60 for one way ticket

Buses: AED 2 (one-way ticket)

Shuttle: AED 4 (one-way ticket)

The Abu Dhabi Metro is set to be open for public use by the year 2020. It will change the way people commute in Abu Dhabi.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle AED 2.00
Cup of Coffee AED 18.00
Milk Carton Pack AED 6.00
Rice/Kg AED 7.00
White Bread AED 5.00
Eggs (12) AED 10.00
Combo Meal AED 27.00
Fine Dining AED 200.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi AED 3.00
Domestic Beer AED 40.00
Imported Beer AED 38.00
Bottle of Wine AED 70.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) AED 20.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) AED 2.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). AED 2.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) AED 5300.00

Do’s

  • Try to understand the culture of Abu Dhabi, which is mainly based on Islam.
  • Wear decent clothing that covers up, to respect their conservative culture.
  • Stick to being quieter while the Azan is played five times per day.
  • Clear any litter created while visiting a beach or other public place.
  • Do wear your swimsuit while swimming in private pools but make sure to be covered while visiting a public swim spot.
  • Keep your public display of affection limited to holding hands only.
  • Be very careful with your social media posts. Make sure you do not share something that puts the city in a bad light.
  • Follow rules during Ramadan. Eating out in public for the most part of the day is not allowed.

Don’ts

  • Don’t wear a bikini in public beaches because of the conservative culture of Abu Dhabi.
  • Taking pictures of local people (without their consent), government buildings, military camps, and industrial plants are not allowed.
  • Make sure you do not use your left hand for greeting someone or for eating.
  • Public displays of intimacy will not be appreciated as it is a conservative city.
  • Do not make the gesture of pointing fingers at someone, it is considered rude.
  • Make sure you do not get too drunk so you misbehave in public. 
  • Do not stay with a person of the opposite sex who you are not married or related to.
  • Staying in a car with a person of the opposite sex that you are not related or married to is also forbidden.
  • Drinking and driving even in controlled amounts is not acceptable here.
  • Display of bad gestures and use of vulgar language in public places can land you in trouble.

Night Life

There are many good bars and clubs in the city of Abu Dhabi to make it feel like a happening city at night. But, as it is an Islamic region, there are certain strict rules regarding alcohol consumption. Never drink and drive in Abu Dhabi; any amount of alcohol is not acceptable while you are driving. If you are looking forward to enjoying the night at the bar and then resting peacefully in your hotel room, it can be an amazing experience. Go to places like Pearls and Caviar, Sea Lounge, Hemingway's, where the night is young in Abu Dhabi. There you can enjoy alcohol in impressive glasses and even dance the night away before crashing into bed after a night full of new experiences.

Must See

Experiences

  • Go for a round of golf in the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
  • Go to the Abu Dhabi Corniche for a bicycle ride or a jog while exploring the city.
  • Indulge in various beach games at the authentic beaches of Abu Dhabi.
  • Go for zoo safaris and experience majestic animals from close proximity.

Activities

Shopping

The Galleria
Shopping Malls
The Galleria, Al Falah St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Distance From City Center
1.3 km
Souk Central Market
Shopping Malls
Rivoli, The Souk Central Market - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Distance From City Center
3 km
Carpet Souk
Handicrafts and Souviners
Carpet Souk, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Distance From City Center
2 km
Madinat Zayed Gold Center
Shopping Malls
Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, Sultan Bin Zayed the First St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Distance From City Center
2.6 km
Iranian Souk
Shopping Malls
Dhow Harbor and Iranian Souk, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Distance From City Center
3.2 km
Women’s Handicraft Centre
Shopping Malls
المشغولات الحرفية اليدوية النسائية، Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Distance From City Center
8.6 km
  • Dates
  • Persian carpets and rugs
  • Arabic coffee
  • Camel milk chocolates
  • Pashmina shawls
  • Oudh and Bakhoor (Fragrant oil and chips respectively)
  • Arabic attars (fragrant oil)
  • Gold jewelry
  • Coffee pots
  • Authentic spices of Dubai
  • Hookah pipe

Official Language

Arabic

Other Language

English, Urdu, Hindi, Malayala... Read more

Spoken Language

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Currency

UAE Dirham (AED)

Population

2.9 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 34.23°C

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TimeZone

15:56 PM (GMT +04:00)

 

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Ambulance

998

 

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Police

999

 

Electric socket

Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type D
Type D ( 230 V 50 Hz)
Type G
Type G ( 230 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Abu Dhabi International Airport - AUH

Airport Name / IATA Code

DHF - Al Dhafra Military Airport

Best time to visit

September, October, November, April, and May:These months display pleasant weather conditions, so it is easy to explore the beauty of Abu Dhabi if you plan your visit during this time.

Moderate time to visit

December, January, February, and March:This is the time when the weather conditions are intermediate and those who can bear it can plan their visit to Abu Dhabi.

Worst time to visit

June, July, and August:These months have the most extreme weather conditions with the scorching heat, constantly dehydrating you which can cause fatigue. It is not recommended to visit during this time.

Taxi

Start Tariff: AED 10.00

1 Km. Tariff: AED 1.82

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: AED 30.00

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