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Abu Dhabi

THE UAE’S SHINING STAR

Abu Dhabi is an enjoyable cacoffiny of limitless sights and attractions. Cutting edge luxury and technology against the backdrop of rich cultural history creates an exciting and flavorful ambiance. Astonishing new designs and feats of architecture stand alongside venerable mosques and palaces backlit by a horizon of golden dunes. Islands, racetracks, a pristine coastline, UNESCO World Heritage sites and much more also await your discovery. Luxury abounds and culture thrives in this Middle Eastern cosmopolitan magnum opus. Abu Dhabi is racing towards the future while still keeping its past in the rearview mirror.

WHAT TO PACK

Go with the Flow: Glaring sun, cool desert nights and local sartorial tastes all point favorably to long sleeves and hemlines in loose, flowing fabrics. The traditional garb offers comfort in a hot, dry climate and readier access to more conservative sights, like mosques.  

Wake-Up Call: Dawn in Abu Dhabi is heralded by the spiritual call of the Fajr prayer as it echoes across the city and desert sands. While part and parcel of the local ambience, travelers who wish to save their energy for adventures later in the day are advised to bring earplugs. Also, you may want to bring an eye mask as it can get light very early during the summer months.

ESSENTIAL PHRASES

Marhaba!: Means "Hello!" or "Welcome!" "Salam!" is also commonly used as a way of simply saying "Hi!"

Shokran jazeelan: "Thank you."

Kaifa alal?: "How are you?" Usually responded to with "Ana bekhair, shokran" which means "I’m fine, thanks."

Ma’a salama: "Good-bye."

TIPS FROM A LOCAL

Ramadan – The month of fasting is a hugely important time in the Islamic calendar, which offers both pros and cons for the visitor. Of course, it can limit daytime dining options, but prices for travel are lower and the iftar and suhoor meals can be wonderful, convivial occasions.

Life’s a Beach – Amid the cosmopolitan growth, it’s easy to forget Abu Dhabi’s prime seaside location, but don’t miss a visit to one of the stunning beaches and beach clubs overlooking the glorious Persian Gulf, or even a trip under the sea in a scuba adventure. The bounty of the sea can also be seen at the traditional fish market (Mina Port), worth a visit for its authentic vibe and fresh catch, which can be cooked on the spot.

The Right Stuff – As in most Arab countries, always use your right hand to handle and pass food.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Currency: Dirham (AED)

Time Zone: UTC +4

Dialing code: +971

International Airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Tipping: Not expected, but commonly practiced. Add an additional 10-15% to final bill if not already included.

Will I Need a Visa?: Visiting Abu Dhabi, or the UAE in general, typically requires a tourist visa, depending on the duration of your stay. Many nationalities can acquire visas upon arrival, but regulations vary greatly so be sure to check before traveling.

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One of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world, this complex is a spectacular fusion of ancient and modern architecture.
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An impressive dining room with statement decor, take a bite out of Abu Dhabi’s prime dining venue for a world-class steak experience.
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A super-chic lounge bar with 360° views on the 62nd floor, this sky-high venue is a unique Abu Dhabi experience in and of itself.
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An idyllic sanctuary, serenely situated within the Liwa Desert, this secluded retreat is readily primed for unforgettable Arabian days and nights.
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The endless miles of rolling sands outside Abu Dhabi present boundless opportunities for excitement and adventure.
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A small, intimate restaurant serving modern French cuisine, this venue is as much a lesson in elegance as it is gastronomy.
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Sundowners and sunsets from a vantage point of iridescent beauty.
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An iconic landmark, this 7-star luxury hotel blends traditional Arabian splendor with cutting-edge technology and service.
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Literally meaning "a place of enlightenment," this 15,400-square-foot hub is a hive of arts and culture.
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A fine-dining Lebanese restaurant serving a contemporary take on traditional Arabic dishes.
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Tucked away inside the über-cool Fairmont Hotel is the city’s most fun champagne, wine and cocktail bar.
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This landmark design property on Yas Island overlooks the stunning marina and the Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit racetrack.
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Why walk when you can fly? Take in this magnificent city from a great height, away from the crowds and the heat.
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Celebrity chef and one-time L'enfant terrible, Marco Pierre White brings his culinary prowess to Abu Dhabi.
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The unbelievably stylish Yas Hotel is also home to an unfathomably stylish roof bar.
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Streamlined architectural design and a prime location at the gateway to Abu Dhabi.
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