Greeting someone in Abu Dhabi
Greetings can be protracted affairs as an Arab may enquire after you and your family's health. The polite reply is that all is well, thanks be to God. It is usual to use 'Sayed' (Mr) or 'Sayeda' (Mrs) followed by the first name. The name should always be prefixed with the honorific title when conducting business. The Bedouin custom of offering food and shelter to strangers in the deserts is preserved today by the coffee ceremony. Business often starts with a tiny cup of cardamon-flavoured coffee poured from the traditional metal pot or dallah. To indicate that you have had enough, guests must wiggle the cup from side to side.
Type of Visa
1. Transit Visa
are valid for fourteen-day from date of issue - you must make your entry within this time, and fourteen days from the date of arrival (i.e. duration of stay). A company, major hotel or government agency can only obtain this visa in the UAE.
The following information should be sent by mail or fax at least 1 week prior to your arrival :
Information needed (transit visa)
Clear and readable Passport Copy (preferably a scanned copy with six months validity)
Copy of Diploma or degree
Advance notice needed
3 working days at least
Transit visas cannot be extended, and the fine of Dhs. 100 is payable for each day exceeding the 14 day period + Dhs 100 exit fees.
For more information call Airport Transit Office: 02 75 75 00
2. Visit Visa
Visit visas are one-month visas. They are good for 60 days, but can be extended a third month without having to leave the country and will cost Dhs 500. A company, major hotel, government agency or an individual with a valid UAE Employment visa can obtain visit visas. It is advisable to enter and leave the U.A.E. from the same airport for administrative work. The time required to obtain a visit visa is normally 4 to 10 days.
EU Citizens, GCC nationals (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia), expatriate residents of GCC (certain nationalities and professions), Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New-Zealand, Canada, U.S.A. can get a 30 day Visit Visa upon arrival at any UAE Airport.
Information needed for visit visa
Name of Mother and Father
Clear and readable Passport Copy (preferably scanned with six months validity)
Copy of Diploma or degree
Copy of Marriage Certificate & Birth Certificates (for wives and children if accompanying you)
Advance notice needed
15 working days at least
Facility to extend visit visa
Visa can be extended
Shopping for Children
Baby Shop (0-9 months) - 634-7012
Located on Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum St.t (Old Airport Road) in the block between Zayed the 2nd St. (Electra) and Al Falah St. Toys and clothing for infants and children.
Dana Plaza - 665-1333
Located on Zayed the 1st St. (Khalidiyah) in the block between 26th St. (Abdel Aziz) and Al Khaleej Al Arabi St. Children's shoes and Buster Brown brand clothing.
Mothercare - 681-2966
Located on 32nd St. in the blick between Corniche Road and Zayed the 1st St. (Khalidiyah). This is the larger of the two outlets. They carry clothing for children (0 to 8 years), toys, furniture, and strollers, including items from Mothercare, OshKosh, and Baby B'Bosh.
Mothercare - 621-9700
Located in the Next Building on Najda St. (6th) in the block between Hamdan bin Mohammed St. and Zayed the 2nd St. (Electra). Clothing for children (0-8 years), toys, furniture, and strollers.
Next - 621-9700
Located on Najda St. (6th) in the block between Hamdan bin Mohammed St. and Zayed the 2nd St. (Electra). Contemporary British fashions (clothes shoes, accessories) for men, women and children. Styles similar to J. Crew (USA)
Toys-R-Us - 673-2332
Located off Al Meena St. (Port Road) past the open vegetable market, past the Iranian Souk. Open 10.00 to 22.00, Friday 16.00 to 22.00
All Prints - 633-5853
Located at the corner of 5th St. (Al Nasr) and 6th St. green sign (Taarig bin Ziyad) across from the Arab Monetary Fund Headquarters. Variety of office and school supplies (American Community School source of supplies, for one), English Language publications and children's books.
K-Corner Shoes - 621-0930
Locataed behind Hamdan Center. Hamdan Center is located off Hamdan bin Mohammed St. on the block between 4th St. (Lulu) and Liwa St. Shoes for men, women and children. Moderately priced.
Shoe Mart - 634-6461
Located behind Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre off of 4th St. (Lulu) Shoes for women and children. Tends to be low budget
Abu Dhabi Airport
The Abu Dhabi International Airport is a very small and chaotic airport for all the traffic that it has to handle. The terminal building is circular with a bee-hive like structure in the middle. There are some duty free shops selling liquor, tobacco, chocolates and souvenirs. Free internet access is available but you may need to queue up.
The place is crowded and it may be difficult to look for a place to sit down in a quiet corner and wait for your next flight.
revolving restaurant with exceptional city views
It’s easy to dismiss revolving restaurants as throwbacks to an altogether less sophisticated era, namely the 1970s, during which high levels of architectural gimmickry occasionally helped gloss over low levels of culinary expertise. The décor is distinctly nautical, with dark wood, porthole features and royal blue, stripy upholstery. Breathtaking views of every corner of this rapidly developing city.banquette seating faces outwards from the centre and small tables sit alongside the window edge. You chug around so slowly that at first you barely know you’re moving.
Abu Dhabi looks bizarrely impressive from up high, and the sea was a bright azure blue. Unusually, brunchers were constantly moved to wax lyrical about the city’s architecture. With attentive, softly-softly service and soothing, barely-audible jazz, Al Fanar is at the sophisticated, lunchey end of the brunching game. The resturant offers buffet. The food at Al Fanar is brilliant enough to speak for itself.