Climate

Between November and March, a moderate, warm climate prevails during the day at an average temperature of 26°C, with cooler evening temperatures averaging 15°C. Humidity levels rise significantly in the summer months, between June and August.

Currency

The local currency is the 'dirham' (AED) which is divided into 100 fils. The Dirham is tied to the US Dollar at a steady exchange rate of $US 1= AED 3.671.

Language

The official language of the UAE is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood, with both languages being commonly used in business and commerce.

Time difference

The time in Abu Dhabi is GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +4 when standard time is operating.       

Emergency numbers

Police, Ambulance, Fire, Emergency: 999

Pharmacies

There are many pharmacies which are operating 24-hours a day. Many of less harmful drugs can be bought without prescriptions in Abu Dhabi.

Electricity

Power supply is usually 220-240 volts, 50 cycles. Sockets suitable for three-pin 13 amp plugs of British standard design are the norm, however it is a good idea to bring an adaptor with you just in case.

Photography

While it is quite acceptable to take photographs, it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men.

Clothing

Abu Dhabi is generally conservative but tolerant when it comes to dress code. The attitude to dress is relaxed, but visitors (both men and women) are advised not to wear excessively revealing clothing in public places, as a sign of respect for local culture and customs.

Opening & closing times

Normal Abu Dhabi shopping hours are from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Many shops in Abu Dhabi stay open all day. Most Abu Dhabi shopping centres open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and often later. Shopping centres and most shops are open on Friday, but close for Juma (Friday) prayers from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.