About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is not only the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, but it is also the richest city due to its oil fields. With a rich culture combined with, magnificent architecture, shopping malls, and intriguing adventures, it is no wonder why this city is captivating for many tourists from all around the world. Today, it is also a leading medical tourism destination. With its world-class healthcare system, top-quality doctors, cutting-edge technology, and medical interpreters, the city attracts patients from many parts of the world, including other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries, China, and Russia. The most popular procedures are cardiology, oncology, and executive screenings. Some of the highest-ranked medical facilities are Burjeel Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi is so much more than just modern skyscrapers, the city is also filled with Islamic traditions and exhilarating adventure that no tourist should miss. Those who want to admire architecture should visit Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque which also is the largest place of worship. Another fascinating place is the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is an art and civilization museum showcasing artworks from around the world inside a breathtaking building. For tourists who want to experience a Ferrari adventure, Ferrari World is the perfect place. It is an indoor theme park that has the world’s fastest roller coaster known as Formula Rossa. Lastly, the city also boasts natural wonders, such as Al-Ain Oasis and Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Serving more than 30 airlines to more than 60 countries around the planet, Abu Dhabi International Airport is the main gateway to the city. Although it mainly serves major airlines, there are also budget airlines such as Airblue Limited and IndiGo. To get around the city, tourists can opt for taxi, city bus, or hire a car.
Unless you are a GCC citizen, you will need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. A free entry visa on arrival is available for citizens of 60 countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry. The visa allows visitors to stay for up to 90 days.
Abu Dhabi experiences a subtropical climate, which means the city enjoys hot temperatures throughout the year. Summer lasts from May to September with an average temperature of between 38-42°C. Note that the temperatures can rise to 48°C on the hottest days. Winter, starts from December to February, brings cooler temperatures, ranging between 13 - 29°C.
- Local Currency: The local currency is Dirham, and 1 USD is equivalent to 3.67 AED.
- Money & Payments: ATMs and currency exchanges are widely available. Tourists can use credit cards in most hotels, shops, and restaurants. Tipping is common but not expected.
- Local Language: Arabic is the official language and English is widely spoken in the city center.
- Local Culture and Religion: Islam is the official religion but the population can freely practice any religion. Make sure to always wear conservative clothing.
- Public holidays: Ramadhan and Eid are the most celebrated holidays. Islamic New Year, the Prophet’s Birthday, and the King’s Coronation Day are the other major public holidays.