Average Marc temperature: Low – 17°C (63°F), High – 29°C (84°F)
Population of United Arab Emirates: 118,818,228 inhabitants
Population of Abu Dhabi: 2.12 million inhabitants
Currency: UAE dirham
Official Time: UTC/GMT +4 hours
Country Code: +971
Abu Dhabi, meaning ‘Father of the Gazelle’ in Arabic, was first settled by the Bani Yas Bedoiun tribe in the 16th century. According to archeological finds, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water on an island with barely 300 palm huts, a few coral buildings and a fort. The island settlement, led by its ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed al-Nahyan, has since been transformed into the modern city of Abu Dhabi, the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates. Beneath its white-marble domes and Persian carpets, traditional hospitality and the highest standards of modern-day luxury come together. Here you will find a cosmopolitan city with strongly embedded Islamic traditions, a major tourist, shopping and business center.
The city has some of the best facilities for conferences in the country, exceptional hotel areas and prime location to explore mystical places as: Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, Qasr al-Hosn, and the beautiful Al Ain Oasis.
By land, sea, and air
Abu Dhabi has air connections with four domestic destinations (Beirut, Delma, Bahrain and Colombo) and more than 70 international destinations. Abu Dhabi International Airport offers daily flights through over 30 international airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, Gulf Air, Air France, Qatar Airways, Air India, Singapore Airlines, KLM and Cathay Pacific.
Closer to the wonders
Abu Dhabi offers a perfect location for visiting the most iconic landmarks, and tourist attractions: Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque (6.4 km), Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village (3.9 km), and the Corniche (2.9 km).
If you want to incorporate more adventurous activities into your program, there are a variety of guided tours available: Big Bus Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Desert Safari, and Yas Waterworld
For more information on Abu Dhabi visit http://visitabudhabi.ae/.
Abu Dhabi’s electricity system is the same as that of the (UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa): 220v-240v; 50 Hz. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V – 127V, you will need a power converter. Any electrical equipment you carry with you that operates at the lower (120v) rate will need to be dual-voltage (e.g., hair driers). A lot of electrical equipment (like video cameras, digital cameras, and laptops) that operate on 12 volts via a product-specific adaptor will happily cope with dual voltage—check the adaptor and the device instructions to be sure. Adaptors are available in Abu Dhabi supermarkets
Drink only bottled water, or carbonated (fizzy) drinks in cans or bottles. If you must drink tap water, it is recommended to boil it for at least 5 minutes. Also check the ice—ask if it was made with tap water especially in more rustic establishments and rural areas. Salads can also be dangerous if they have been rinsed with tap water; so again, the rule is: if in doubt, ask first.
United Arab Emirates currency is the UAE Dirham (UAE or Dhs, using $). Each Dirham is composed of 100 centimes. Frequently used banknotes are: Dh200 (blue), Dh100 (brown), Dh50 (green), Dh20 (purple). Coins come in denominations of (Dhs) 10, 5, 2 and 1, or50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes. The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within the UAE; however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies, AUE airports and at major airports in several countries. The exchange rate fluctuates according to the day’s trading value, but as of “14/04/2015” the rate was 1 USD= “3.67” AED, and 1 AED = USD “0.27”. You can visit XE.com or OandA.com to view the latest exchange rates.
Bankcards, credit cards, and debit cards are accepted in Abu Dhabi and (automated teller machines) ATMs can be found at every bank and in hotel lobbies. It is advised to confirm acceptance of credit card or debit card payments with staff, especially if there is no visible signage indicating acceptance of credit card payments at the store premises or the counter. Call your bank and/or credit card company prior to your trip and inform them of the locations where the card may be used in order to prevent deactivation.
Banks are open from 8am to 3pm Saturday to Wednesday and 8am to noon on Thursday with 24 hour automated teller machines (ATMs). Shops are open every day from 9 am to 10/11pm except for Friday (10 am or 2 pm to 12 am).
Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical climate and sunny blue skies with varying temperatures. The average temperatures range from 68 F in the winter to around 102 F in the summer. The cooler months, November to April are around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night. Rainfall is sporadic, falling mainly in winter (November to March). Please ensure that you have a raincoat and/or an umbrella. Be sure to check the weather forecasts and read about precautions you can take.
Your trip is a good occasion for a reminder to keep your routine immunizations updated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in the United Arab Emirates, regardless of where you are eating or staying. They also recommend the Typhoid vaccine, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater. Visit the CDC Health Information for Travelers to Abu Dhabi page for more information. If you are flying with Emirates Airways, they also have a search tool for health & vaccination requirements.
Abu Dhabi telecommunications companies do not have existing agreements with certain companies in other countries, so your mobile phone’s roaming service will not work while in Abu Dhabi. International rates are comparatively expensive so please confirm with your service provider before leaving your country. If you would like to consider buying a local SIM card for the duration of the trip, the top mobile phone service providers are Etisalat and Du. A prepaid Abu Dhabi SIM card with an international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while in Abu Dhabi. With an Abu Dhabi SIM Card you can make local calls for AED 0.50/min, and international calls for AED 2/min. prepaid phone cards can easily be found in malls, supermarkets, and in retail outlets. Please be sure to check the specific rates for the prepaid international calling card you choose.
Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City,
P.O. Box 51900, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 2 610 2000
Services: 24 Hour Emergency Room, Pharmacy, Ambulance, Additional Services
Al Noor Hospital, Medical Health Care Facility
Khalifa Street, next to National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)
Phone: +971 2 626 5265
Services: 24 Hour Emergency Room, Pharmacy, Ambulance, Additional Services
Marigold Dental and Orthodontic Clinic
31st Street Wadeema Tower B,
P.O. box 73789, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 2 641 4020
Services: Full Service, Rehabilitation Services and Orthodontics
Dr. Firas Dental + Orthodontic Center
Marina Office Park – B16/B17,
P.O. Box 41578 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: + 971 2 2222 600
Services: Full Service, Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry
Al Mina, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 2 673 2266
Hours: noon-4:30pm & 7:00pm-midnight
Near Zaeyed the First St
Phone: +971 2 665 8700
Villa No 224/1, 15th St between Airport (2nd) Rd & Al Karamah (24th) St
Phone: +971 2 643 9699
Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm Thu & Fri, 8:00am-11:30pm Sat-Wed
Dhow Harbour, Al Mina
Phone: +971 2 673 2266
Hours: cruise 8:00-10:00pm
Podium Level 1, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – Corniche Road West
Phone: +971 2 811 5666
Al Maryah Island, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Phone: +971 02 813 5550
Hours: 12:30pm-3:30pm, 7pm-12:30am
Abu Dhabi Mall
Phone: +971 2 645 4858
Abu Dhabi, UAE
World Trade Center Souk
Phone: +971 2 508 2400
P.O. Box: 51133 Abu Dhabi
Phone: +971 2 6166 999
Al Sila Tower, 5th Floor, ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island,
P.O. Box 54937, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
Committed to conserving, promoting and leveraging the heritage, culture and traditions of Abu Dhabi emirate, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is charged with the development of a leading cultural landscape with the aim of supporting the evolution of Abu Dhabi into a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction.
Nation Towers Corniche, Building B
Phone: +971 2 444 0444
In Big Bus Tours, you can visit Abu Dhabi’s famous landmarks, including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Heritage Village. Personal commentary is available in a choice of 8 languages, explaining Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and cultural history. Explore the sights and visit top attractions such as Ferrari World, Heritage Village and the Corniche.
Seaplane Tours are the perfect seaplane tour that offers a snapshot of the UAE capital’s cityscape and its beautiful natural surroundings from a unique perspective.
Book Now: reservations[at]seawings.ae
Boat Tours in Belevari Marine Catamaran Island offers unforgettable catamaran cruises, yacht trips, sunset cruises, speedboat & island tours, team building, corporate events, private charter, and yacht hospitality.
A fun and healthy way to tour the Corniche is to rent a bycicle. Fun Ride Sports hires out a variety of bikes – from mountain bikes, for the more adventurous, to city bikes which can fit two or three passengers on the back, and even specially designed bikes for ladies wearing abayas. FunRideSports has four accessible rental stations along the Corniche boardwalk and its main station outside The Hiltonia Beach Club.
Phone: +971 2 556 6113
Book in Advance: info[at]funridesports.com
The Yellow Boats is the UAE’s leading and award-winning sightseeing experience. Watch the sights come to life in fun and memorable ways. Open year-round and offers custom-designed tours. Every tour is unique, informative and emotionally fulfilling. You will ride in the comfort and safety of a rigid inflatable boat and admire the incredible scenery that UAE has to offer.
- Plan your tour schedule and route that suits you
- Explore the wonders of Abu Dhabi in a safe and exciting manner
- Expand your knowledge about the history and culture of our city.
Book Your Tour Now: http://www.theyellowboats.com/AbuDhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This architectural marvel is the 6th largest most opulent mosque in the world. One of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society. Initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, it has a capacity for 40,000 worshippers, features 80 domes, over 1,000 columns, gold plated chandeliers and the world’s largest woven carpet. Its design and construction ‘unites the world’ using artisans and materials from many countries.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Also known as ‘Place of Enlightenment’ is a 15,400 square meter arts and culture center. This artistic venue houses exhibitions from around the world, including three major galleries, a main events gallery, sales center, 250-seat theater, and restaurant. The main galleries serve as permanent spaces for a series of exhibitions and educational programs organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
The city of possibilities, an evolutionary and daring journey to build the world’s most sustainable eco-city. Built using traditional Arabic architecture combined with modern technology, Masdar uses clean energy generated on site from rooftop solar technology, and integrated, clean and smart transportation systems including a fleet of electric vehicles and driverless cars.
Al Ain Oasis
Al Ain (meaning ‘The Spring’) is the emirate’s heritage heartland, one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al Ain includes its six oases and the archaeological sites of Bida bint Saud, Hafeet and Hili, all testimonies of sedentary human occupation of a desert region since the Neolithic period, with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures. The ‘remarkable vestiges’ include circular tombs (dating to 2500 B.C), wells, adobe constructions, and features one of the oldest examples of sophisticated falaj irrigation system dating back to the Iron Age.
Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
Brings the heritage of the United Arab Emirates to life. Located on Abu Dhabi sea-wall, cornice area, the Heritage Village sheds light on cultural and folklore lifestyle of the old days. The Village holds monthly heritage festivals with traditional dishes, and traditional astronomy and photo galleries.
Observation Deck at 300
On the 74th floor of Tower 2 at Etihad Towers, the Observation Deck at 300 offers unbeatable views of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape and Arabian Gulf. The capital’s highest vantage point stands ‘300’ meters in the air and makes for an ideal place to enjoy delicious refreshments, mock-tails and High Tea.
Abu Dhabi’s spectacular waterfront stretches 3.7 miles (6km) from the Breakwater near Marina Shopping Mall to almost Mina Zayed port. With a backdrop of the impressive towers of downtown, the walkway features certain stretches of beaches and offers many activities like go-cart riding, playgrounds and stages for shows.
The emirate’s first permanent structure, and late home to the emirate’s ruling Al Nahyan family. Qasr Al-Hosn is the oldest stone building in the city and hosts an exhibition that depicts the story of Abu Dhabi and its people. Fascinating oral testimonies and historic photographs bring the city’s symbolic birthplace to life.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The World’s largest, award-winning and most advanced falcon hospital. It features a falcon display museum and a facility with free-flying falcons. Guided tours offer the unique opportunity to see the deluxe wards where the falcons are kept and explore the noble desert sport of falconry.
Al Ain Palace Museum
Located near the commercial area on the road to Sinaiyya, the Al Ain Palace Museum is housed in the former home of the late Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, first constructed in 1910. Since 1998 it has been a museum dedicated to the history of the United Arab Emirate’s royalty, particularly that of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Among the exhibits on display are numerous personal belongings of the ruling family, as well as an extensive photo gallery depicting the rulers’ life.
Al Jahili Fort
One of UAE’s most historic buildings and an Al Ain landmark. Erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves, served as the former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace. The fort, set in beautifully landscaped gardens, has been carefully restored and houses a permanent exhibition of the work of British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger and his 1940s crossings of the Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) desert.
A landmark to showcase Arabian culture and hospitality. Located on 1.3km of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens and lawns, with 114 domes all 80 meters high. The impressive cuisine and architectural beauty is the ultimate experience.
Al Hili Archaeological Park
Located north of Al Ain City, the site of a former settlement which existed in the Bronze Age has produced a wealth of archeological treasures. This park offers tourists an opportunity to discover the history of the earliest known civilization near Abu Dhabi. The stone tomb ‘Great Hilli Tomb’ constructed around 2,700 BC to 2,000 BC during the Umm Al Nar period stands at 2.5 meters tall and measures 8 meters in diameter and is its greatest attraction.
The Galleria Shopping Mall
The Galleria is marketed as Abu Dhabi’s premier fashion and dining destination. This deluxe shopping mall offers a wide collection of luxury brands. The Galleria has over 130 brand outlets including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Miu Miu, TOD’s, Christian Louboutin and many more including 50 Abu Dhabi ‘firsts’ like Aspinal of London, Berluti, Boucheron, Celine, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Thomas Pink, Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and Pomellato. Restaurants and cafes include Almaz by Momo and Emporio Armani Caffé, Zuma, Biryani Pot, Bentley Bistro & Bar, Burger Fuel, Café Bateel, Caffé Nero, Carluccio’s, Magnolia Bakery, Lemongrass, Nolu’s Downtown, and Taqado. In addition, The Galleria offers a variety of services such as ADCB branch, ATMs, N-Style beauty salon and URBAN Male Lounge salon, bespoke tailor Ascots & Chapels, High end Shoe repair The Cobbler.