Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and
pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest in Abu Dhabi.
These, combined with distinctive Arabian hospitality, mystique and
world-class infrastructure make Abu Dhabi an enchanting destination
for experienced and novice travelers.
The emirate hosts the United Arab
Emirates’ capital – Abu Dhabi city. This island capital is
characterized by its signature Corniche, which fronts the amazing
turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. You can stroll, cycle,
roller-blade or drive the Corniche for a journey to the tip where the
majestic Emirates Palace – one of the world’s most opulent hotels sits
on 1.3kilometres of pristine beach.
Best Time to Visit :
Dhabi is a year-round destination, with seasonal activities and
attractions to suit every taste and interest. Sea, sand and surf are
popular throughout the year, with lots of sunshine. Hotter summer
climes are ideal for lounging on the emirate’s tranquil beaches, but
visitors are advised to avoid the sun as temperatures may soar.
All facilities are fully air conditioned so even on the hottest days,
visitors can relax and enjoy a range of activities indoors. Milder
weather in the winter months provides the ideal climate for desert
adventures, with dune bashing and desert safaris immensely popular.
The lush green oases of Liwa and Al Ain provide a backdrop to some of
the largest sand dunes in the world, and are popular destinations year
round due to their cooler climates. Throughout the year, visitors to
the emirate of Abu Dhabi can also enjoy a range of cultural
activities and fantastic shopping.
Travel Essentials : Abu Dhabi is
one of the safest places in the world to visit, with world-class
services, standards and procedures in place to facilitate travel to
and around the emirate. Any inquiries prior to your travel, whether
related to travel requirements or information on Abu Dhabi, can be
answered by UAE embassies and consulates in your country. Meanwhile,
foreign embassies in Abu Dhabi will assist you with any inquiries or
travel emergencies that may arise during your trip to the emirate.
Getting Around : Getting around
in Abu Dhabi
is quite easy with a modern and well-indicated network of roads,
freeways, interchanges and efficient, reasonably priced transportation
services. Taxis, public buses and car rentals are widely available.
Visitors with valid Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or international
driving license can rent and drive private cars.
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Tours and Safaris :
Desert Safaris : Starting with an
exciting ride up and down some of the desert’s biggest dunes, you can
try sand skiing before watching the sun set. After driving a short
distance further to a permanent desert camp,
are treated to a sumptuous barbecue, followed by shisha, camel rides,
falconry displays and henna painting. You can choose to stay overnight
or combine it with a trip into the mountains. Costs vary but expect to
spend AED 150 (US$ 40) to AED 300 (US$ 80) for a day safari.
Getting There : Due to Abu Dhabi’s
strategic location as a middle point between three continents and at a
busy transportation route that connects all parts of the world, there
is no major destination around the globe that is not linked with Abu
Dhabi in a direct or a single-connection flight. So, getting to Abu
Dhabi by air is quite easy, whether via one of the emirate’s two
international airports or neighboring airports in other emirates, the
nearest of which (Dubai International Airport) is only an
hour-and-half drive and the farthest (Fujairah International Airport)
is hardly two-and-half hours away on freeways.
By land, Abu Dhabi
is accessible from border crossings with Saudi Arabia and Oman via
freeways. There is no passenger service available yet for sea
travelers to Abu Dhabi ports. However, luxury cruise boats can dock at
the neighboring emirate of Dubai.
Beside the standard
ban or restrictions on certain items imposed on travelers, such as
highly inflammable material, pornography or illegal drugs, there are
additional ban on several drugs that may be sold with or without
prescription in other countries, including all cough syrups containing
codeine (For a full list on banned or restricted material, please
refer to Abu Dhabi International Airport website or consult the
nearest UAE embassy or travel agent). There are no vaccine
requirements for travelers to Abu Dhabi. All visitors are required to
follow normal visa procedures.
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