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.
A tropical and semi-dry climate. Sunshine can be expected year-round. All though summer, from June to September; the weather is hot and humid, with temperatures averaging typically above 40℃. From October to May temperatures average a pleasant 28℃ - 20℃. Air-conditioning is used in all vehicles and buildings including hotels, conference and exhibition halls and shopping malls.
Abu Dhabi is generally conservative but tolerant when it comes to dress code. Visitors (both men and women) are advised not to wear excessively revealing clothing in public places, as a sign of respect for local culture and customs. Some places such as nightclubs require guests not to wear shorts, caps or sport shoes on their premises. Unless otherwise indicated; official events usual require non-locals to wear formal attire; a suit and tie for men and an evening dress for women. As for the weather recommendations, lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year (summer, spring and autumn), though a light sweater or cardigan could be handy when visiting a shopping mall, hotel or restaurant where the temperature might be kept low to counter the outdoor heat. Slightly warm clothes are needed for the short winter season, especially in the evenings.
Culture & Lifestyle
Abu Dhabi's culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Courtesy and hospitality are among the most highly prized of virtues, and visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people. The Abu Dhabi society is marked by a high degree of tolerance for different lifestyles. Foreigners are free to practice their own religion, alcohol is served in hotels and provided reasonable discretion is shown; the dress code is liberal. Women face no discrimination and may drive and walk around unescorted.
Despite rapid economic development in recent years, Abu Dhabi remains close to its heritage. Local citizens dress in traditional attire and headdress. Arab culture and folklore find expression in poetry, dancing, songs and traditional art. Weddings and other celebrations are colorful occasions of feasting and music. Traditional sports such as falconry, camel racing and dhow racing at sea continue to thrive.
Language & Religion
The official language of the United Arab Emirates is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood. Both languages are commonly used in business and commerce.
Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates and there are a large number of mosques throughout the city. Other religions are respected and welcomed.
Normal tourist photography is allowed, however it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women. It is also courteous to request permission before photographing men.
The monetary unit is the Arab Emirate Dirham (dirham) which is divided into 100 fils. The dirham is linked to the Special Drawing Right of the International Monetary Fund. It has been held constant against the US Dollar since the end of 1980 at a mid-rate of approximately US$1= Dh2.67.