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    Abu Dhabi

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 29, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Abu Dhabi Emirate... and has possibly one of the most magnificent modern skylines ever built... all along Corniche Rd. Made up of hundreds of interconnected islands - it is the richest Emirate of the six.

    Fondest memory: Fortune magazine and CNN stated in 2007 that Abu Dhabi was the richest city in the world... fortunately it ranked only 67th in the list of the most expensives ones... far behind Swiss cities. Except for hotel rooms, all the rest turned out quite affordable for us.

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    The UAE Dirham (AED)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2013
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    Favorite thing: the United Arab Emirates Dirham is the main currency of the Country and of the Emirate of Dubai since 1978. The Dirham is pegged to the US Dollar at 1 Us DOllar is 3.67 Dirhams since 1997 hence other currencies either have more or less exchange rate to the dirham, depending on the currency fluctuations but the US Dolllar to AED Dirham remains the same.

    UAE Dirhams are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 bank notes and 1, 5 and 10 Dirham coins. there are many foreign exhange shops in and around Dubai where you can change your money into AED Dirhams

    Fondest memory: the Different AED Dirham Denominations of Bank Notes and Coins

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    Abu Dhabi Day Tours

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Abu Dhabi is the Capital of the United Arab Emirates and composes 87% of the territory of the UAE. Abu Dhabi is just a 2 hour drive away from Dubai via the Shiekh Zayed Road from Dubai (where most of the Tourists visiting Abu Dhabi comes from). Abu Dhabi is about 130 kilometers away from the Burj Khalifa Tower in Downtown Dubai and although the Capital has less sights and attractions than Dubai, it still makes a good day trip as Abu Dhabi showcases the Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest Mosque in the UAE and open to Non Muslims everyday except friday prayers. The Abu Dhabi Corniche, which houses the Abu Dhabi Beaches, The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi's Answer to the Burj Al Arab, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi's Own Jumeirah style resort and where the Ferrari World Theme Park and the Yas Island Waterpark and the Formula 1 racetrack is located to name a few.

    Fondest memory: There are many abu dhabi day tours and ferrari world day tours from dubai (you can ask help from your friendly hotel front desk) and they are usually separate. if you want to do both in 1 day, then get the private van tour for 10 hours but it will be expensive at AED 700 for 10 hours (for up to 4 people in a van) with an extra AED 120 to 150 per hour if you exceed the time limit.

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    Abu Dhabi Skyline

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Abu Dhabi has a quite impressive Skyline, although not in the league of the taller and grander buidlings in Dubai. There are many architectural wonders that you can see and picture in Abu Dhabi and can get a good zoom if you have a really powerful optical zoom camera, whether the point & shoot or the DSLR variety. among the buidlings to see in Abu Dhabi include: the Landmark, the Capital Gate, Eithad Towers, ADIA Tower, Aldar Headquarters Building, Sowwah Towers, to name a few. you can take a good panoramic view of trhe Abu Dhabi Skyline from the Breakwater Section of the Abu Dhabi Marina.

    Fondest memory: lots of architectural wonders at the Abu Dhabi Skyline

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    E 11 Road (Sheikh Maktoum Road)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2013
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    Favorite thing: the Abu-Dhabi to Dubai Highway or the E 11 road is the longest highway in the UAE and the road has several names along each of the emirates and the road is named Shiekh Zayed Road in Dubai and it changes to Sheikh Maktoum Road once you enter the Boundary Betweern Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the Jebel Ali District of Dubai. The E 11 road does not directly go to Abu Dhabi City but extends up to the border to Saudi Arabia.

    Fondest memory: This road will lead you up to yas island and near the Abu Dhabi International Airport and you can turn right via the E 12 road or the E 22 road in going to the Main City of Abu Dhabi from the E 11 road.

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    Dress Approriately when Visiting Mosques

    by machomikemd Written Aug 12, 2013
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    Favorite thing: visitors should dress appropriately at the mosques and they let you borrow thawb arab dress gear for males (shorts, sleeveless shirts are not allowed) and abaya for women (short skirts, shorts, sleeveless dress are not allowed) if you are visiting the Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque (one of the few mosques non muslims are allowed to enter in Abu Dhabi), they are vailable at the front entrance to the mosque and then given back once you leave. no fees are charged for the use of these dress.

    The Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque is the Largest Mosque in the United Arab Emirates and is one of the few Mosques in the UAE open to non muslims. Unlike the few mosques in Dubai that are open to non muslims but only via guided tours, you can visit the Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque on your own without guided tours (but they also give free guided tours of the mnosque), just be reminded to wear appropraite clothing like no shirts or tank tops for both men and women. you are provided an abaya fro free to enter the mosque it you are not approriately dress if a woman and a thawb for the men as this is a house of worship after all.

    Fondest memory: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 4.30 / 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7.30 /8pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30 /5pm and 7.30 / 8pm.

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    Useful Tips

    by amna24 Updated Oct 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Arabs are very hospitable so accept any invitations you receive.
    It is good manners to remove your shoes before entering a UAE national’s house.
    Leave X-rated books and DVDs behind. They are not allowed in the UAE.
    Take photos of your visit to the UAE , but ask permission first. Most locals will be happy to oblige, but they may be sensitive to having their picture taken, especially women.
    If you are a man, don’t offer your hand to an Emirati woman. It is considered impolite. Some Arab men will shake Western women’s hands, but don’t be offended if they don’t.
    The UAE is a Muslim country, so don’t engage in public displays of affection. Anything more than a kiss on the cheek in public is frowned upon.
    Don’t expect taxi drivers to carry change. Many struggle to provide change for any note greater than AED 100, so have smaller notes and coins ready.

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  • Umra trip by Road from Abu Dhabi or Dubai

    by JPatel Written Aug 31, 2008

    Favorite thing: Hi Friend

    Regarding Umra Visa its free from KSA, approach any of agents 2-weeks before travel, further you will be asked for vacination from central hospital.

    Take English to Arabic book along with you, as at every point you may need it, further be prepared to have arabic food on way as Indian food is rarely found but you can find Pakastanis hotels at both Makkah & Madinah city.

    Border is exactly 358km from Abu Dhabi on rout you find ADNOC fuelling station at average every 50km, It may take 30min each at UAE & Saudi Emigaration & customs clearance.

    On Saudi side on entry you find one or two petrol stations then there is 1 bunk every 100km for next 400kms then bunks are available every 10-20kms & even fuel is dam cheap.

    Prefer to apply removable abrasive paint on front to avoide damage due to sand storms, it should be easily peeled off once your journey is complete.

    It is more advisable to have a friend who can speak arabic & can assist you in driving,

    Carry spare tyre, towing belt to pull out of sand dunes, AC overhauled, battery jump wires,

    On an average food costs you around 10-15 rials max, UAE currency is readily accepted at every corner of Saudi, you can find many money exchanges in cities but are not proffasinally managed.

    For SAFETY I would advise to enter Saudi during Day from UAE, as first strech of 300km road in 2way with no central dividers & lots of heavy trailers are hauling at good speed as there are no radar check on this streach.

    For route map & Hotel check on www.map24.com web site.

    Happy Journey my Friend,

    Even pray for me,

    J Patel

    Fondest memory: Cool Green & freely flowing traffic, lots of open space, no conjustions

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    General Hotel Information

    by JoeKeyter Written Jul 28, 2008

    Favorite thing: General comments on hotels in Abu Dhabi:
    1. They are expensive.
    2. The good ones will have all the amenities you may needs and then some. They are good.
    3. One of the worlds best hotels, the 7 star rated, Emirates Palace Hotel, is in Abu Dhabi. Great if you can afford it.
    4. The cheaper hotels sometimes have their bars flooded with prostitutes. If they start bothering you leave for they never stop.
    5. Look / ask for Hotel Apartments for a room with a kitchen if you want a self help situation.
    6. There are no guest houses or backpacker lodges that I know of. It is all hotels.

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    USE OF ALCOHOL IN ABU DHABI

    by amna24 Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Alcohol is only served in licensed outlets associated with hotels 4 or 5 stars (i.e. restaurants and bars) plus a few clubs (i.e. golf) and associations. Restaurants outside of hotels that are not part of one of the clubs or associations are not permitted to serve alcohol.
    Permanent residents who are non-Muslim can obtain liquor supplies without difficulty under a permit system, which entitles you to buy from a special liquor shop (not the local supermarket). This permit allows you to spend a limited amount on alcohol per month; this amount is calculated based on your monthly salary. To apply, collect an application form from your local liquor store or the Police Headquarters, situated between Airport Road and Al Saada Street in Abu Dhabi. Then submit the form to the Police Headquarters along with: Essential documents, religion certificate. By law you should carry this liquor permit with you whenever you are transporting liquor or drinking alcohol at licensed premises.
    Note - the authorities in Abu Dhabi have a strict anti-drink driving stance.

    IMPORTANT - Do not carry liquor in public transportation (taxis, buses, etc.) If consuming liquor in public carry your liquor license.
    Wives' name must be on spouses' liquor license if they want to consume liquor as a UAE resident

    Fondest memory: for non residernt (tourist) they can drink alcohol at most of the Hotel at abu dhabi without licence ( drinking quantity only) i.e you can't buy bottle

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    Tips: iZone Hotspots-locations in Al-Ain :-)

    by 37SingleMaleInDubai1 Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: High-speed Wi-Fi internet service, enables you to wirelessly access the internet at locations across the UAE.
    The method of payment can be through any of the following:
    Hotspots Prepaid Cards
    Etisalat Blue Card - AED 20
    Credit Card
    iPass Alliance
    Dial Up Subscribers
    Al Shamil Subscribers
    GSM Subscribers
    Wasel Mobile Subscribers
    Hotspots Single User
    Hotspots Multi User
    Here is their locations in Al-Ain City:
    Venue Type Location

    Al Ain Mall Shopping Mall


    Al Sadaqa Cafeteria & Coffee Shop Cafe


    AlJawareh Coffee Shop Cafe


    AlMeera Coffee Shop Cafe


    Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - Jimmy Mall Cafe


    Costa Rica Cafe Al Mada Complex

    Etisalat - Al Ain HOB Office AAN

    Flavor Café Cafe Synaeta Hili

    Grand Café Cafe


    Hut Cafe - Jimmy Mall Cafe Jimmy Mall

    Hut Cafe - Khalifa Street Cafe Khalifa Street

    La Brioche - Prisunic Building Cafe Prisunic Bldg, Al Jimmy Area

    La Cabana Cafe


    Le Mercure Grand Hotel, Jebel Hafeet Cafe


    Mandarin Coffee Shop Cafe


    Moonlight Coffee shop Cafe


    Starbucks - Jimi Mall Cafe


    Starbucks - Maha Mall Cafe Al Kuwaitat Road

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    iZone Hotspots-locations in Abu Dhabi :-)

    by 37SingleMaleInDubai1 Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Favorite Thing:High-speed Wi-Fi internet service, enables you to wirelessly access the internet at locations across the UAE.
    The method of payment can be through any of the following:
    Hotspots Prepaid Cards
    Etisalat Blue Card - AED 20
    Credit Card
    iPass Alliance
    Dial Up Subscribers
    Al Shamil Subscribers
    GSM Subscribers
    Wasel Mobile Subscribers
    Hotspots Single User
    Hotspots Multi User
    Here is their locations in Abu Dhabi Emirate:

    Venue Type Location
    Abu Dhabi Airport Airport


    Abu Dhabi Plaza Residence Hotel Electra street, behind AlMaghribi Hospital

    Abu Dhabi Securities Office Hamdan Street

    Akhnatoon Coffee Shop Cafe Al Jawazat street, opposite to Habib bank

    Al Diar Mina Hotel Hotel Salam Street

    Al Jazeera Coffee Shop Cafe


    AlDiar Regency Hotel Hotel


    AlMaria Cinema Complex - GameZone Cafe AlMaria Cinema Complex - Mezanine floor

    AlMaria Cinema Complex - bowling centre Shopping Mall AlMaria Cinema Complex - fourth floor

    AlMaria Cinema Complex-Coffee Shop Cafe AlMaria cinema Complex- second floor

    Alqatara Cafe Cafe


    Aziz Coffee shop Cafe Shaikh Rashed road- next to Al Markazi hospital

    Bavaria Pastries Cafe


    Cafe Du Roi-Hanna Tower Cafe


    Cafe Moka Cafe


    Cafe de La Paix Cafe


    Cassells Royal Residence Hotel Electra Street behind Etisalat

    Cedar Mountain Restaurant Restaurant


    Chemplyseely Coffee Shop Cafe Al Yousef Center

    Donner Coffee Shop Cafe

    Fondest memory: Etisalat Central T&A building Office AUH

    Etisalat HOB-A Level 13 Test Site Convention Center Abu Dhabi

    Etisalat HOB-B Level 5 Office Level 5

    Idioms Cafe Cafe Cornish Street

    International Centre for Billiards Cafe


    J Cafe Cafe


    Jannah Coffee Shop Cafe


    Kalispera Cafe Shop Cafe


    Khalidia Palace Hotel Hotel


    La Brioche - Khalidiya Cafe


    La Brioche cafe - Marina Mall Cafe Marina Mall

    La Brioche-Khalifa street Cafe La Brioche - Al Noor hospital building - Khalifa Street

    Layali Zaman Cafe Cornish Road

    Le Pont Cafe Cafe


    Leisure Spa & Beauty Salon Office Khalifa Street

    Lu fidele cafe Cafe


    Marina Mall Shopping Mall


    Monaco Cafe Cafe Al muheiri centre

    Nagham cafe Cafe Almuroor road

    Ninar Cafe Khalifa Bin Zayed Road

    Orangena Cafe Cafe


    Samadi Sweets Cafe


    Solitaire Coffee Shop Cafe


    Starbucks - Abu Dhabi Mall Cafe Abu Dhabi Mall - Al Salam St. Tourist Club Area

    Starbucks - Al Khalidia Cafe


    Starbucks - Hamdan Street Cafe Ajman University Building - Hamdan Street

    Supreme Cafe - Abu Dhabi Cafe


    Tche Tche - Abu Dhabi Cafe


    Valentino cafe Cafe

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    Ships of the desert...

    by tashka Written Apr 6, 2005

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    A ship of the desert

    Favorite thing: Looking out to the sea from the beach of the Beach Rotala Hotel I noticed a funny thing. There is an island not far away, and the island is crossed by a canal. Sometimes a ship passes through the canal, and from the beach it seems that the ship crossed the sandy desert of the island.

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    In pursue of world coolest car..

    by airasia Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    'Hot' Maserati
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    Favorite thing: In pursue of the world coolest car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. And seriously, these cars are pretty afforable.

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  • Beaches

    by Srechko Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Gulf Hotel/Resort Beach

    Favorite thing: The only beach I saw in Abu Dhabi was the one that belongs to the Al Diar Gulf Hotel - I was there almost every day during my stay.

    Resort is nice, but water was very chilly.

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