Just like any other holiday destination, Abu Dhabi too has its list of Do’s and Don’ts which every traveller visiting the city should know. Here are some travel tips that will come in handy on your trip to this popular holiday destination.
When to Travel
Abu Dhabi is a year round destination and offers a wide range of things to do throughout the year. The best time to visit however is from October to April when the weather is relatively colder than the rest of the year. While Abu Dhabi offers a whole host of fun filled outdoor activities and brilliant sightseeing options during winters, there is no dearth of several places of interest as well as indoor events and activities that keep the emirate abuzz during the summer months. You can enjoy the famous Summer Sales in Abu Dhabi with fewer crowds.
What to Wear
Lightweight clothes suffice for most part of the year. However, for winter months its best to carry something warm such as a light jacket or a sweater as temperatures drop in the evenings. As to the style of clothing, just keep in mind that Abu Dhabi is a relatively conservative emirate and tourists should avoid revealing attire at public places including beaches, malls etc. Particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan you must stick to more conservative clothes. Its best to restrict those swimsuits and beach wears at the private pool or beach of the resort where you are staying.
Shopping & Tipping
Abu Dhabi is a shoppers’ paradise, especially during summers when you will get almost everything on sale. While credit and debit cards are widely accepted at shopping malls and high street stores, it is best to carry some cash when shopping at the traditional souks (local markets) and small shops. It is not necessary to tip at the restaurants because a service charge of 10-15 percent is generally included in the bills. In case you are at a local cafe or small restaurant that do not add service charge, you may tip around 10-15 percent of the amount. You may also tip your cab driver if you wish to.
Drinking & Smoking
Alcohol is served at the hotels and resorts as well as sold at liquor shops across the emirate. However, the consumption of alcohol in public is strictly prohibited. Smoking too is not allowed in public areas. If you wish to smoke, there are designated smoking areas present at various public places like hotels, restaurants, cafes, malls, and at the airport too.
Multiple transport options are available to travel within the city. You can hire a taxi or rent a car for a convenient commute within Abu Dhabi. The city also has a 24 hours public bus service which is the cheapest means of transport.