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About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates and largest of the seven Emirates.
The pulsating city lies on a T-shaped island with its futuristic skyscrapers rising from the desert coast of the Gulf.
Among the modern island city there are remains of an older and more cultural society. Abu Dhabi comprises of international luxurious hotels, shopping malls, extensive entertainment and leisure facilities, along beautiful green streets and parks as well as some surprising additions: the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (one of the world’s largest), the Zayed National Museum, and in another style, Ferrari World on Yas Island.
LOCATION: Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
LOCAL TIME: GMT +4 hours.
LANGUAGE: The official language of the UAE is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood.
CURRENCY: The monetary unit is the UAE dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. The exchange rate is US$1 = AED 3.67**.
CLIMATE: Sunny, blue skies can be expected throughout the year although June to September is hot and humid with temperatures averaging above 40C.
The weather is pleasant from October to May, and evenings in January and February can necessitate the use of a sweater.
Air-conditioning is present in all vehicles and buildings.
CLOTHING: Lightweight summer clothing in cottons or blends is ideal for the majority of the year. A sweater, light jacket or shawl may be needed for cooler evenings.
The dress code in Abu Dhabi is very relaxed. However, extremely revealing and inappropriate clothing may be considered offensive.
BUSINESS HOURS: The official weekend is Friday, although government offices are closed on Friday and Saturday. Most shops and malls open by 10am and close around 10pm.
Banks, embassies and consulates are open from 8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday to Thursday.
ELECTRICITY: The electrical system is based on 220/240 volts AC. US-made appliances may require an adaptor.
IMMIGRATION and VISAS:
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Abu Dhabi International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa. This can be extended for an additional 30 days at an additional charge.
Eligible countries: Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, The Vatican.
In addition to nationals of the countries listed above, citizens of the GCC nations of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are eligible for the visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airports.
Citizens of countries not listed above must obtain a visit visa in advance and can be arranged through their hotel. Please ensure that the hotel receives all the required documents sufficiently in advance to avoid delays (visa processing may take 10-14 working days).
Please also check with your travel agent or the UAE Embassy in your country on regulations relating to immigration and visas before your departure.
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