Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the country's largest emirate with over 1.6 million residents. The emirate is a blend of diversity: from the contemporary chic of downtown Abu Dhabi to the timeless Bedouin traditions of the surrounding mountains, deserts and the sandy beaches.
With an ultra-modern infrastructure which befits its status as the economic and political hub of the UAE, Abu Dhabi perfectly combines its role as a business and tourist destination. From shopping in luxury malls to bartering in traditional souqs; from enjoying the miles of golden beaches, to relaxing in one of the city's many public parks; from the fine dining of the city's 5-star restaurants to the unique pleasure of the desert safari - the options really are endless.
 
Language
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. Other widely spoken languages include: Bengali, English, Farsi, Hindi, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Russian, Sinhalese, Tagalog and Urdu..
 
Time Zone
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
 
Currency
The Emirati Dirham is the official currency of the UAE, abbreviated officially as AED. Unofficial abbreviations include Dh and Dhs.
The dirham is divided into 100 fils.
Coins are in the following denomination: AED 1, 50 fils and 25 fils.
Notes or bills are in the denomination of AED 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000..
 
ATM and Credit Cards
ATMs are numerous and generously distributed. They accept all the major chain cards: Visa, Cirrus, Maestro etc. Credit cards are widely accepted.
 
Working Hours
Government and semi-government offices close on Friday and Saturday of each week. The working hours in the remaining five days (Sunday - Thursday) are from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.
 
Temperature
The UAE maintains a desert climate. It is warm and sunny in the winter and during the summer, it is hot and humid. It is generally cooler in the eastern mountains.
 
Transportation and Getting around Abu Dhabi
Airport:
Abu Dhabi International airport holds the 2013 World Airport Awards’ ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade, for the second year running. The newly refurbished Terminal 1, with design and architecture reflecting traditional Emirati hospitality elements set in a high-end, ultramodern ambience, delivers a 5-star travel experience.
 
Airport transfer:
All taxi companies service the airport in addition to specially registered airport taxis. The journey into town from the airport costs AED 70 - 80 (approx US $ 30), including a minimum flag fall of AED20 (US$5.50). Passengers leaving Abu Dhabi International Airport can also opt for a luxury taxi which are available round-the-clock from Terminals 1,2 and 3. A Mercedes-Benz Vito van can be hired at a flag fall cost of AED25 (US$6.80) but the rate per kilometre will be the same as the conventional taxis. The vehicles, which run on green diesel fuel, are equipped with on online tracking system, a speed limiter and updated GPS.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is also well connected to the rest of the emirate by numerous bus services. For more information on bus services, fares and schedules, or to download bus routes, click here.
 
By taxi:
Getting around Abu Dhabi is easy and taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful. They can be flagged down at the roadside, booked by phone through the TransAD hotline 600 535353 or via the Abu Dhabi Taxi app available for both iOS and Android platforms.
Street taxis are easily recognised by their silver livery and yellow roof sign.
When using a taxi, always take a receipt in case you leave something behind in the vehicle. It’s then much more likely that you will get your items back quickly, as the call centre will be able to identify the vehicle and call the driver immediately.
 
By bus:
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.
If you are planning to use the bus on a regular basis, day passes - monthly passes at  AED 80 (US$ 21.8) are also available
Travelling by bus is complimentary for senior citizens above the age of 60 and for people with disabilities.
For more information on bus services, fares and schedules, or to download bus routes, visit the website
 
For more information, please visit: hhttps://visitabudhabi.ae/int-en/default.aspx