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Travel Tips

Here you can find additional information such as weather, currency, visa info and much more.

Everything you need to know about your trip to Abu Dhabi, that you won’t find anywhere else.

Airports

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The Abu Dhabi International Airport is located 20 miles east of Abu Dhabi. The journey by taxi to Abu Dhabi center city takes approximately 30-35 minutes and to city of Dubai 90 minutes.

Best Time to Travel

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The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time to visit, when temperatures are around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night.

Clothing

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Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but something slightly warmer may be needed for the winter months. Be sure to take some sort of jacket or sweater when visiting hotels or any indoor facilities, as the air conditioning can be fierce. Although the attitude towards dress is fairly liberal throughout the Emirates, a healthy amount of respect for local customs doesn't go amiss, especially when shopping or sightseeing. Short or tight clothing may be worn, but it will attract attention - most of it unwelcome.

Currency

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The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils and is pegged against the US $ (US$ 1: AED 3.6725).

Language

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Arabic is the official language, although English is widely spoken and most road and shop signs and restaurant menus are in both languages. The further out of town you go, the more Arabic you will find, both written and spoken. Arabic isn't the easiest language to pick up, or to pronounce, but if you can throw in a couple of Arabic words here and there they will be warmly received.

Tipping

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Tipping is not expected, but is commonly practiced in the emirate. Gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff are at your discretion. Many fine dining and high-end restaurants may add a service charge (usually around 10%) and a tourism levy of 6% to your bill. These charges are often included in the menu prices and the menu will denote when they are.

Transportation

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Taxis
Getting around Abu Dhabi is easy and taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful. They can be flagged down at the roadside.

Buses
Abu Dhabi’s modern air-conditioned buses operate round-the-clock. The service is easy to use, with passengers hopping in and out of any bus by placing two Dirham coins in the collection box next to the driver.

Yas Express
Yas Express – the complimentary shuttle bus service in Yas Island– runs daily in two routes providing easy access to Yas Island’s main attractions and landmarks.

Visa Info

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Citizens of the United States of America and Canada, among others, can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Weather

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Temperatures range from a low of around 13C (50F) on a winter's night, to a high of around 42C (118F) on a summer's day. The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time to visit, when temperatures are around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night.