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About Abu Dhabi

Capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates in terms of population, Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven-member emirates. Abu Dhabi is a bustling cosmopolitan hub undergoing rapid development and urbanization. The population enjoys a relatively high income level and the city today is the country's centre of political, industrial, cultural, and commercial activities.


Due to its geographic location, Abu Dhabi has a hot desert climate with sunny skies throughout the year. Dense fog is seen on some days.

Currency and Banking

The official currency of Abu Dhabi is the UAE dirham.

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and foreign currencies and travellers' cheques can be exchanged at licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels. A passport is required.

Banking hours are Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 1pm, although some banks keep longer hours.

ATMs are widely available and accept cards with the American Express, Cirrus, Global Access, MasterCard, Plus System and VISA logos.

Electrical Current

The electrical current in Abu Dhabi is 240 volts and plugs or adapters with UK-type pins are required.


There are no vaccinations required to visit Abu Dhabi.

Shops - Opening Hours

Most shops are open from 10am to 10pm, with longer hours on weekends.


Tipping is not expected as a service charge is added to the bills of restaurants and hotels. At the airport, porters do expect a tip depending upon the number of bags.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Depending on your nationality, a valid passport or ID card is necessary for entry. Certain nationalities require visas. You can book your UAE visa online at ttsuaevisas.com.

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