What do I need before travelling?
We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.
What are the visa requirements?
British citizens will be able to obtain a 30 day visa on arrival in Abu Dhabi. You can extend this a further 30 days by visiting an immigration office in the United Arab Emirates, however do not outstay your visa or you will face a fine.
What is the currency in Abu Dhabi?
The currency in Abu Dhabi is the UAE Dirham (AED or Dhs), however credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Foreign currencies and travellers cheques can also be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels as long as you can produce your passport.
Will I need to bring an adaptor?
Power sockets in the United Arab Emirates are the same as in England, so you will not need to bring an adaptor.
Is Abu Dhabi safe?
Abu Dhabi is generally a very safe city, with a low crime rate due to punishment for those found guilty of criminal offences being very severe. If you plan to rent a car, take great care on the roads as speeding and dangerous driving are common in the UAE.
When in Abu Dhabi, only use silver taxis, which are licensed and mainted by Trans Abu Dhabi. Take care to avoid the gold, green and white street taxis.
What is the language in Abu Dhabi?
Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, although English is widely spoken; you will find that many road signs and restaurant menus are in both languages.
Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?
Islam is the main religion of the United Arab Emirates, and respect of Muslim values and lifestyle is expected, particularly in the holy month of Ramadan - discourteous or lewd behaviour will bring you unwanted attention and could lead to arrest. Photographing various government or military buildings is not allowed and should be avoided, as should taking photos of other people without their permission.
Although alcohol is served in licensed hotels and clubs, it is a punishable offence to drink or appear intoxicated in public. There is a zero tolerance policy on drugs, and electronic cigarettes are also illegal.
In your hotel in Abu Dhabi you can dress and behave as you would in any international hotel. In public areas it is suggested that women dress modestly, particularly if they are visiting cultural attractions such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
What is the cuisine like?
Culinary standards in Abu Dhabi are very high, and there is a vast range of dining options across the city. Cuisine from around the world can be found here, producing a diverse mix of international dishes and flavours.
What nightlife is available?
Although not quite as lively as Dubai, Abu Dhabi still has a range of bars and nightclubs in addition to many excellent restaurants. Ensure that you are familiar with the laws concerning alcohol before you go out, as these are strictly enforced.