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Abu Dhabi

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Coronavirus in Abu Dhabi

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Abu Dhabi

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in UAE. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to UAE.

Money in Abu Dhabi

Currencie(s): United Arab Emirates dirham

  • 1 United Arab Emirates dirham = 0.23 €
  • 1 United Arab Emirates dirham = 0.27 $
  • 1 United Arab Emirates dirham = 0.2 £

Corruption: UAE has a corruption score of 30/100.
If your itinerary runs through UAE, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, UAE is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

UAE is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.85 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Abu Dhabi

Language(s): Arabic
Here are a few basic lines to get you started, however keep in mind: The Arabic language uses an Arabic alphabet, so all the words below are witten in the phonetic pronunciation.
  • Yes = Naʻam
  • No = Lā
  • Thank You = Shukraan lakum
  • Hello = Marhabaan
  • Do you speak English? = Hal tatakalam allughat al'iinjaliziat?
  • Please = Min Fadlik
  • Bye = Ma'a Salama
  • Excuse Me = aedhirni
  • Where is the Bathroom? = 'ayn alhamam(phonetic pronunciation)
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = ma asmk? (asmy hu)

Food & Drinks in Abu Dhabi

National dish: Harees.

Drinking age: Doesn't matter, drinking is banned in Abu Dhabi
No info provided by WHO; other sources say alcohol is banned in UAE, but non-Muslim tourists may apply for a drinking license. The license is apparently very difficult to obtain and may be limited to those over 18 or 21, depending on location.

Religion in Abu Dhabi

UAE is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 91% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim 96% (Shi'a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 4%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Abu Dhabi

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in UAE.

UAE scores a -13/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in UAE are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

Other practical tips for Abu Dhabi

Timezone: UTC+04

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug G

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 27 and 28°C (80.6 and 82.4°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 40.92 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to UAE. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.

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