Drive a car
Bus transportation is better than useless. Taxi is convenient too. But driving around is the best. Signboards are in English and aplenty. Abu Dhabi is not as congested a Dubai and parking is mostly free. The standards of road and drivers are comparable to western countries. Fuel price is also cheap at AED6.25 per gallon.
You can easily rent a car from the airport at competitive rates.
The only way to move in Abu Dhabi is by taxi.There are 2 kinds of taxi. In most of them the drivers are from Pakistan and India and its very very difficult to explain to them in easy english your destination but this kind of taxi is very cheap.The others are more like vip taxi and for sure 2-3 times more expensive.
in 2 words:
cheap taxi: sign in arabic language and green-white color
expensive taxi: sign in english "taxi" and metallic color
I used the cheap ones, the only problem is your driver to understand where you want to go...good luck! :)
Hiring a car is a great way to tour the emirate. Visitors from certain countries can do so if they hold an international driving licence, while others may have to apply for a temporary UAE licence. The major car hire firms are well represented in the cities and at the airports and may be contacted via the hotels.
Car Hire Companies:
Avis 3237 6218400 6347762 firstname.lastname@example.org www.avis.com
Fast Car 6365 6324000 6223321 email@example.com www.fastuae.com
Al Safi 34199 6420041 6420043 - -
United 28849 6422203 6422204 firstname.lastname@example.org www.unitedcarrentals.com
Al Qaysar 37055 6456600 6458657 - -
Amwaj 37055 6455553 6458657 - -
Gulf Net 44858 6449399 6449399 - -
Bin Juma 47787 6665002 6665072 - -
Europcar 4399 6261441 6268870 email@example.com www.europcar-uae.com
Abu Dhabi Rent a Car 45024 6443770 6443775 - -
Al Safa 31663 6423434 6423437 - -
Moon 7875 6420747 6421285 - -
Al Sharjah 28525 6442882 6445133 - -
Taxis & Buses
Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Individually registered taxis can be flagged down at the roadside.
Al Ghazal, NTC and Fast Cars run fleets of up market cars and limos that can be booked in advance by telephone. Al Ghazal also operates bus services between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Abu Dhabi Municipality operates a comprehensive and cheap network of bus routes. There is a regular 24-hour service linking Abu Dhabi International Airport and the city centre. The Dhs.3 fare is paid when boarding, and route maps can be picked up inside the airport.
By a GPS navigation
If you intend to drive in Abu Dhabi and especially in Dubai, you should consider buying a GPS navigation device with Middle East map. It is dangerous to use the paper map while driving because you wont be able to focus on the traffic. Hughe 4WD vechicles tend to change lanes without warning and they would smash you if you are not caucious. You will loose your way because of road construction, or heavy traffic will not let you exit where you would like to. In this case the GPS will recalculate the route and you loose a little time but not your life in an accident. The GPS will anounce the required maneuvers in advance, will show a graphic map with actual position for your reference, and you can concentrate on the traffic. I am using a Nokia E61i with GPS module and found it indispensable in the UAE.
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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.
ETIHAD FLIGHT to ABU DHABI
i'VE been to Abu Dhabi and i flew with Etihad for the first time. In my whole life i've flewn with more than 40 Airlines and i can say Ethiad is one of the top 5, new airplanes, excellent food, friendly and super nice hostess, good rates, great entertainment system...what else ?!
get a ticket and try
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Know where you are going
Be sure when you get in the taxi, you know where you are going to on the other end. Most drivers only speak limited English. They can get you to a specifice area, such as Khalidya or the Corniche, but you will have to direct them the rest of the way, unless you are going to an obvious city landmark, like the mall or government buildings. There are street names and numbers, but no one uses them here. There are no street addresses, only PO Boxes which makes it hard to get around at first.
From Riyadh to Abu Dhabi, we took Saudia Airlines . This is the second time i tried Saudi Arabia's national flag carrier. Personally, the service and food for First class was great (during the first tiem i travel from Manila to Riyadh) but for their economy which i tried recently, the aircraft was really bad. Malfunctioning aircondiontioned, average taste of food and the flight attendants look very tired and exhausted.
Etihad Airways is the flag carrier of United Arab Emirates (UAE). They have just started their operation recently but the service, quality of food and aircarft is at par with other leading carriers in the world.
The whole cabin has a cream and white mottif which made it so refreshing to the eyes. Spacious seat for economy class, great inflight meals with menu selection and individual tv monitor (bigger than the usual-about 12 inches) with the latest movies and music plus games for kids.
Would definitely consider this airline again im ny future trip.
Rent A Car
Renting a car when travelling overland to/from or around UAE is way too cheap than travelling by taxi (limo)
From Dubai Airport Abu Dhabi (airport) we rented a private car which only cost us 150 Dirhams for one whole day not including the gasoline.
There are other rent a car company like Hertz and Avis but it is more expensive.
We rented a 2005 Honda Civic from Fast Rent A Car.
Take a taxi
The best way to move around in Abu Dhabi is by taxi (there doesn't seem to be any organized bus services within the city!). Taxi is a cheap and convenient mode of transport. It gets you anywere within the city for at most Dh10 - 20. I took one from Al Hosn Palace to Abu Dhabi Mall for only Dh5.
You may prefer to sit at the back because the taxi drivers are usually not very hygienic looking - mostly are Pakistani migrants. (Ladies will usually take the back seats regardless..) Most drivers speak some English and communication is not a problem. All taxis are metered. Do not accept any flat-rate request since taxis are plentiful throughout the day. If you must take a flat-rate charge, negotiate it down to 50%. However, if you intend to travel out of the city, then it's better to negotiate a flat-rate. It's Dh200 to Ruwais (250km away).
Generally, most taxi drivers are nice and scams are not common here. Safe way to move around.
Private transfer from airport to city
If you are travelling with small kids, I think its reasonable to book transfer to/from a hotel in advance. Motorways in Abu Dhabi are in good shapes so drivers used to drive very fast. Taxis don't have baby seats with, but when you order a city tarnsfer ia advance, they can arrange it.
Arabian Adventures is one of the places where to ask city transfers.
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Bus Service from Dalma Jetty to Abu Dhabi
There is a bus service from Dalma Jetty/ Jebel Dhanna area to Abu Dhabi. The same bus serves Jebel Dhanna, Dhafra Beach Hotel and Sir Bani Yas Island Jetty.
In the morning, it leaves at around 8am. Sometimes you may need to change bus at Ruwais. The bus will stop midway at Tarif for a short break (very short), so make sure you don't miss the bus. It'll take 3 hrs or more to reach the Abu Dhabi municipality bus station in the middle of town. The bus is a 49-seater so it's not luxurious at all. However, it is comfortable enough for only Dh12. The driver is friendly and helpful should you need any assistance or directions. You'll probably need it because the bus signs are all in Arabic. Good sense to always reconfirm whether you are on the right bus, if you were asked to change coaches.
From Abu Dhabi, the bus leaves at 1pm back to Dalma. If you take a later bus, the bus will only reach Ruwais. From there, alternative transport like a taxi will have to be arranged. The last bus from Abu Dhabi to Ruwais is 7pm.
This bus service allows you to say, make a trip to Abu Dhabi on one day, stay a few days there and come back conveniently after normal hotel check-out time.
From Ruwais or Gayathi, I was told hourly bus services are available. But I'm not too sure on that.
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Al Ain International Airport
Al Ain International Airport at Abu Dhabi was a common stop over for flights between Asia and Europe.
Nowadays, with long haul flights between cities such as Singapore and KL, Abu Dhabi is more of a scheduled stop over.
The beautiful interior decor is very impressive and is in the geometric designs so common to Islam architecture.
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