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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
The three means of paid transportation from the airport to Abu Dhabi city are taxi, bus, or car rental. Traveling by taxi is made possible by Al Ghazal Transport taxi service, which costs Dhs. 65 (US$ 18) and takes around 35 minutes. Transportation by bus is serviced by the Abu Dhabi Municipality bus service running on bus Route 901. The air-conditioned green and white buses cost Dhs. 3 (US$ 1) to ride and depart from outside the arrivals section every 30 or 45 minutes. The major rent a car companies have offices at the airport and a complete list of car rental/hire companies are as following:
AVIS (2) 575 7180
Budget (2) 575 7188
EuroStar (2) 575 7674
FAST (2) 575 7137
Hertz (2) 575 5331
Thrifty (2) 575 7400
ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
P.O.Box : 3167, Abu Dhabi
Tel : 02-5757500
ABU DHABI AIRPORT DUTY FREE
P.O.Box : 3167, Abu Dhabi
Tel : 02-5757350
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.
If you are flying on Etihad Airlines, there is a complimentary shuttle bus to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. If not, a taxi is not a bad way of getting there. I was there last month and took a cab from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport and was charged 270AED, which is about US$75, not bad considering it is an hour and a half to two hour drive.
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.
When travelling around Abu Dhabi I tend to walk the streets to catch a cab, (Grab the Gold and white cabs).
Try to avoid Gazzelle cabs as these are far more expensive then the ones that you pick up on the streets and seem to be available outside all the hotels. Further more the higher the star your hotel the more expensive your fare will be. This advise was given to me by a local.
Al Ghazal Express is a new taxi service launched recently. The initial fare in a private taxi starts from Dh2, charging 50 fails for each kilometer traveled. The Al Gazelle Express, however, does offer a competitive fare structure, starting with just Dh2 and Dh1 per kilometer thereafter, during the day. Between the hours of midnight and 6am, the fare shoots up with Dh4 being the initial charge and Dh1 per kilometer thereafter. Currently they are using new Toyota Camry vehicles. The service mainly available by call. However, sometimes you may find it in the front of some places like Abu Dhabi Co-Op or hotels.
You can travel between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain by bus using services provided by Abu Dhabi Municipality Transport in collaboration with Al Ain Municipality Transport. Their buses leave the bus stations very regularly, although I have never been able to establish whether any formal timetable exists or whether they simply run when full enough, like the shared taxis. Abu Dhabi bus stand is a little outside of the town but it is not expensive to take a taxi there from the town centre. Al Ain bus stand found is behind the livestock market.
The buses are full sized rather than mini buses and last time I used the service I was in a fairly smart comfortable one, although I have used rather shabby ones on previous visits. On both of these, ladies sit in the first few rows. The tickets, which I think were not expensive, had to be purchased from the ticket office before boarding.
The first time I used it, I seem to remember that it stopped somewhere on the way for passengers to use the toilet or buy a drink but I have not noticed this on more recent occasions. On our evening return journey (towards Al Ain) the bus has always stopped for the male passengers to pray, on the side of the road, at the appropriate time, although on the most recent journey, this only happened after a long and rather fiery discussion between the driver and a devout passenger. The drivers have usually been accommodating about letting us get down near to my friend's home, just before reaching Al Ain, which meant that we didn't have to wait for a taxi back from the town centre. The journey took approximately two and a half hours
Been there once, was amazing experience for me as i travelled alone but never felt alone since i met some friendly people inside the airport.. that was my first time travelling via Ethihad airlines...love the airport, very clean and people are friendly.
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Also good to know that:
The Abu Dhabi numberplate auction held on February 16 2008 has set a new world record for selling the most expensive numberplate ever auctioned. Organised by Emirates Auction in association with Abu Dhabi police, the Code 5 plate numbered g1 fetched Dhs 52.2 million. Thatfs about US$14.4 million for a numberplate. The plate is expected to adorn a luxury car that only costs a fraction of that amount.
The record is recognised by the Guiness Book of World Records, and funds from the proceedings will go towards building a world-class rehabilitation centre in Abu Dhabi for accident victims. Interestingly, a recent news article state this country doesnft even have such a proper facility yet. There is apparently one at Rashid Hospital in Dubai, but everyone knows how that place operates.
The winner of the auction is Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri, if you were planning to bug the man for some cash for your own gcharityh purposes.
The auction attracted 750 participants, and generated a record Dhs 89 million, or US$24.3 million, from the sale of 90 number plates. The youngest participant was 10 years old, bidding for his father. Itfs never too early to start learning about the value of money.
Etihad, which translates into union or united, is the fastest growing airline in the history of aviation. It started operations in 2003 as the official airline of the UAE, and it made an US $8 billion aircraft purchase less than a year later. In 2008 Etihad made the largest single aircraft purchase in aviation history when it bought 2005 aircraft.