Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Abu Dhabi - Frequently Asked Questions

Table of contents

  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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Abu Dhabi Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £399 per person
yas island rotana

Yas Island Rotana

Offering superb accommodation with a wide range of facilities, Yas Island Rotana is conveniently located on the...

From £449 per person
beach rotana

Beach Rotana

The Beach Rotana Hotel is set on a pristine stretch of white beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Located in the...

From £449 per person
sofitel abu dhabi corniche

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

Facing the Lulu Island and the Arabian Gulf, the stunning Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located in the one of the most...

From £459 per person
centro yas island

Centro Yas Island

A modern, stylish and affordable Abu Dhabi hotel conveniently located in within easy access to the Abu Dhabi Airport as...

From £459 per person
hilton abu dhabi

Hilton Abu Dhabi

Revel in the sun-drenched charms of the UAE's capital as you enjoy four unforgettable days in the heart of the Middle...

From £459 per person
crowne plaza yas island

Crowne Plaza Yas Island

Discover the hidden treasure in Abu Dhabi that is Crowne Plaza in Yas Island. It is the ideal accommodation for those...

Talk to a specialist


Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 10:30 - 17:30 GMT

Related articles for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi News

Browse all Abu Dhabi News

Marriott International opens first hotel in Abu Dhabi: The Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

Marriott International has launched its first hotel in Abu Dhabi with Marriott Executive Apartments, with the opening of Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi last week. Located next to the Al Wahda Mall, the new hotel has 315 guest rooms and suites, and facilities include the JW Steakhouse and two-level Velocity restaurant, a luxury spa and a rooftop swimming pool and bar.

Travel to India brings traffic growth to Abu Dhabi Airport

Compared to the first semester of 2015, Abu Dhabi Airport has seen a 6.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic this year. Flights to and from India have favoured this growth as Terminal 1, which offers regular trips to Bombay, is precisely the one boasting the most arrivals and departures.

Abu Dhabi to add another 2,400 hotel rooms to market by end of 2016

The new Abu Dhabi Hotel Market Summary report by the JLL Research firm has revealed that approximately 2.400 new hotel rooms will open in Abu Dhabi in 2016. In the first quarter of this year, 200 rooms opened when Four Seasons on Al Maryah Island opened in the capital United Arab Emirate in May, and an additional 2,200 guest rooms will open by the end of the year.