Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the opulent capital of the UAE, is perhaps best known for its striking skyline, multi-domed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, sugar-white sandy beaches and aquamarine sea. With outposts of the Louvre and Guggenheim Museums, it’s also emerged as the Middle East’s art and cultural center, ripe for exploration.


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The ideal time for Abu Dhabi travel is Nov. through March, when temperatures hover around 30 C (86 F). Summers can be positively broiling, though prices drop; if you visit between June and Sept. keep cool at Abu Dhabi’s many indoor attractions.


Visas: Nearly all travelers entering the UAE are required to show a passport. U.S. nationals do not require visas to visit the UAE for stays less than 30 days; they will be granted a free One Entry Visit Visa.
Money: Local currency is the dirham. ATMs are widely available and credit cards are generally accepted. Prices are fixed in most shops, but it’s possible to bargain in souks and outdoor markets.
Travel Health: Check with the United Arab Emirates government website for the latest health safety information, including travel protocols and requirements like negative COVID-19 tests, quarantines, mask mandates and more in connection with COVID-19. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.


Getting Here: Abu Dhabi is served by Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). 
Getting Around: Travelers most often rely on taxis to get around the city. Abu Dhabi Taxi has metered taxis and operates a ladies’ cab service.


Local Lingo: Arabic is the official language in Abu Dhabi. If you’re thirsty in Abu Dhabi, it helps to learn the names of a few local drinksGahwa: Arabic coffee. Sulaimani: Mint and lemon tea. Karak Chai: Indian tea. Laban: A salty, yogurt-based drink.
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Insider Tips: When planning what clothes to pack, go conservative. Both men and women should have their knees and shoulders covered at all times, unless at the beach where swimsuits and bikinis can be worn.