Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airport is the world's fastest growing airport, primarily because it is the hub of Etihad Airways, the world's fastest growing airline. The airport is currently undergoing some $6B worth of construction in order to expand the capacity to handle about 12 million passengers per year.
The airport has a great duty free area with numerous shops selling everything from luxury goods to candy. Upstairs from the duty free shops you will find several restaurants including an English pub.
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.
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 email@example.com www.avis.com
Fast Car 6365 6324000 6223321 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fastuae.com
Al Safi 34199 6420041 6420043 - -
United 28849 6422203 6422204 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - -
Abu Dhabi Taxi... History... Soon
The popular Abu Dhabi taxi will disappear from the capital streets soon. The old taxies will be soon replaced by newer caps similar to Dubai. The prices will increase too. Taxi fares in Abu Dhabi will start at Dh2.50 against Dh2 at present. Fare meters will also rise by Dh1 for every additional kilometer, against Dh.50 at present.
We were going to Abu Dhabi to attend a wedding, but this coincided with people returning after the Eid Ramadan holiday, and the opening of the schools. We could not find any airlines [Emirates, Fly Dubai, Etihad etc ] to fly us from Khartoum to Abu Dhabi. One of our party could only get Business Class on Egypt air, which meant 4 or 7 hour transit times. We were luckier and managed to get the last two Business Class tickets on Gulf Air- at a lower price than any of the other airlines wanted for Economy. We flew to Bahrain and had two hours transit before flying to Abu Dhabi.
The sheer comfort, luxury and pampering was bliss. Who cared about an extra hour or two . On the short 55 minute flight to Abu Dhabi we were the only passengers in Business Class and were treated like lords. The section was spacious , and I was amazed, and delighted, to find my seat was giving me a back massage.
Way to go.
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Public bus (they should call it coach I suppose as it's a long distance trip) was my best way to go to Abu Dhabi. It costs only 20 AED to go there from Dubai and 15 AED to come back. The bus has air conditioning (as all other public buses). It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to the Grand Mosque. For me, the Grand Mosque is a must-see or even the only must-see in Abu Dhabi. So you should definitely not miss it. You should ask the driver to drop you there on the way, otherwise you'll have to take a taxi to come back from the city. The public bus can take 50 minutes to come here from downtown Abu Dhabi. Although it's dirt cheap (1 AED to go anythere by public bus in Abu Dhabi), it's not worth the time.
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Easy transport to Dubai
Dubai is around 100km away and getting there is quite simple.
From the main bus station there are minibuses leaving often (as soon as they find enough passengers). It gets quite packed occasionally but it is definitely worth it as part of an authentic experience.
The ride is cheap - 20 durhams (around US$6).
Getting from the airport and exploring the town
The airport is 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of central Abu Dhabi and about 35 minutes drive. If travelling by taxi, confirm the fare with the driver before the journey. All major, as well as local self-drive hire companies, have offices at the airport and some also provide a chauffeur service
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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.
New Abu Dhabi Air Traffic Control Tower
The sleek, modern, curving air traffic control tower at Abu Dhabi International is part of the airport's $6.8 billion expansion project. The tower, design by French company Aeroport de Paris Ingenierie, has a price tag of $109 million and is scheduled to open in 2010 (though when I visited in October 2010, its opening still seemed to be a ways in the future).
The tower stands 110 meters high--the tallest in the region--and is located at the midpoint between the two major runways. The tower allows the airport to expand operations to handle about 70 flights per hour, and is one of the first steps to construction of the new Midfield Terminal which is expected to open in 2015. Once the projects are complete the airport will be able to safely and efficiently handle 20 million passengers per year.
Once you arrive, you can take a metered taxi from the ground floor and this will cost about 60dhs to the city centre. Alternatively, treat yourself to a Audi,BMW or a Merc for about 90dhs (fixed rate posted outside). I would recommend the limo if money isn't too much of an issue.
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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.
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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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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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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