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Abu Dhabi - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. Is Abu Dhabi a family-friendly destination?
  7. When is Ramadan?
  8. Is it safe to travel outside the hotel?

When is the best time to go?

The climate in Abu Dhabi is sub-tropical and arid, with sunshine and little rain for most of the year. November to April is considered to be the most pleasant time to visit in terms of weather, with cooler temperatures of around 24 degrees C during the day and 13 degrees C overnight. During the summer, temperatures can be as high as 42 degrees C.

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Do you need a visa?

British citizens can obtain a free 30-day visa on arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. If you wish to stay longer, you need to visit an immigration office to obtain an extension and pay the relevant fee

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How can I get there?

There are direct flights from London Heathrow and Manchester airports to Abu Dhabi International Airport, with Etihad Airways operating from both cities and British Airways offering flights from London. The flight time from London is approximately seven hours and 45 minutes, while from Manchester it is seven hours and 55 minutes.

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What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The UAE dirham is the local currency, with one dirham made up of 100 fils. You can exchange foreign currency in banks, licensed exchange offices and some hotels once you arrive - you'll need to have your passport with you. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted in Abu Dhabi, although small shops and souks may only accept cash.

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What is there to see and do?

Abu Dhabi has a wide variety of attractions, from high-end shopping malls and championship-standard golf courses to theme parks and heritage sites, such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. You can also take a camel safari into the desert to see the amazing sand dunes or visit the oasis city of Al Ain. Corniche Beach is a popular seaside promenade stretching over 8Km, along which you will find a variety of hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, children's play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian walk

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Is Abu Dhabi a family-friendly destination?

Most of the upmarket hotels in Abu Dhabi were constructed with families firmly in mind, making it a great place to travel with children. Many of the hotels have more than two pools, with at least one designed for kids and offer a wide range of water and land-based recreational facilities for the whole family.

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When is Ramadan?

The date of Ramadan changes each year and is determined by the moon's cycle. Special committees decide the precise dates of Ramadan and they are usually not announced very far in advance1 so if you want to find out make sure you check with a travel advisor before booking your holiday. Ramadan lasts for approximately 29 to 30 days each year.

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Is it safe to travel outside the hotel?

Abu Dhabi is considered to be a safe place to travel around, although it's wise to take the same precautions you would when you're visiting any foreign country. Make sure you only use licensed taxis or public transport, while women should take care when travelling alone.

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