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Travel Tips

 

Alcohol

Alcohol is freely available in hotels, clubs, restaurants and bars. However, many restaurants outside hotels are not permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.

Banks

Many international banks are represented by branches in Abu Dhabi. Bank hours vary but in general are 0800 to 1400, Sunday to Thursday and 0800 1200, Saturday.

Bargaining

Bargaining is expected in the souq and is quite usual elsewhere. Vendors will usually drop the price and often quite substantially, particularly for a cash sale.

Business Hours

Business:
0800-1300 and 1600-1930, Sunday to Thursday.
Most of the multinational companies work from 0900-1800 with a one hour lunch break.
Government offices:
0730-1430, Sunday to Thursday.
Exchange houses: 1000-2200.
Shopping malls: 1000-2200, Sunday to Wednesday and 1000-0000, Thursday and Friday.

Communication

The international dialing code for in-coming calls is +9714. Calls to and from land-lines within Abu Dhabi are free of charge and direct dialing is possible to more than 170 countries. GPRS and WAP services are also available. A GSM international roaming service for mobile phones is available for over 60 countries. Internet services are also available for non-subscribers from regular phone lines.

Climate

The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May to September is summer, when temperatures range between 40C and 48C. However, during the winter months From October to April, temperatures range from 10C to 30C.
Rainfall is predominantly in winter and amounts to some 13cm annually.

Clothing

Summer clothing may be worn for most of the year but the temperature can drop during the winter. At the pool or on the private beaches, swimwear is quite acceptable, but when in the city and public areas, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing that may be considered revealing.

Credit Cards

American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard, etc. are generally accepted in the main hotels and shops.

Currency

The monetary unit is the Dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. It is fixed to the US dollar at a current rate of US$1 = Dhs3.675.

Dress Code

Compared to other Arab cities, this city has a calm and relaxed ress code. In summer, lightweight clothing is always advisable. Even though this city is famous as a summer destination, it is necessary to carry warm clothes in winter as temperatures are quite low in the evenings. Improper dressing should be avoided in public areas but swimsuits or short clothes are allowed on the beaches.

Electricity

The electricity supply in Abu Dhabi is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles. Standard, British square three-pin plugs are the norm in most hotels. US-made appliances may need a transformer.

Language

The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood throughout the country.

Local Time

Gulf Standard Time: + 4 hours GMT

 

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