Exorbitant, over-the-top and just plain flamboyant, that’s Abu Dhabi for you in a nutshell. This exotic federal capital of the United Arab Emirates makes for the perfect vacation getaway. The hub of oil magnates and top notch companies, Abu Dhabi whips up an eclectic and grand repertoire of activities and events that will surely have you hooked to it. So book your cheap airline flights on international airlines today, and get set to have a fantastic vacation! But before you board your flight to Abu Dhabi here’s a list of things you need to be aware of, before you step onto the city roads.
Understanding the Area
The city is, for the most part, based on an island and is connected by two bridges – Musaffah and Maqta bridges. Once you are in the heart of Abu Dhabi, do not be disappointed if you feel overwhelmed, for the city can confuse any one; at times even a seasoned tourist. Segregated into long-established districts and modern zones and sectors, most of the roads here are either addressed with their traditional names (Airport Rd as opposed to Second Street) or as numbered streets.
Getting around the city
It is a prevalent belief that Abu Dhabi was made for cars. So as soon as you land here ensure that for the rest of your vacation, you either hire a taxi or hire a car for the duration of your stay. To talk about the latter option, if you are considering getting behind the wheels on the city roads, then we advise that you rethink that thought. Getting your bearings in Abu Dhabi can pose to be a humongous challenge, and one better avoided if you aren’t the aggressive sorts.
For those who plan to choose a taxi, here is the taxi hierarchy that the city has – gold and white taxis with green signs on top of them are the basic taxis and their fares start from Dhs 3.50. Next in line are the silver cabs which sport a white sign on top and are considered to be a more well-appointed as opposed to the before mentioned taxis. These modes of public transport (silver taxis) start their fare from DHs 3.50 and for every 750 meters thereafter you have to shell out a Dh. 1.
To have a smoother traveling experience, you can opt for the silver taxis as the vehicles used are in a better condition and the drivers are much-better trained. If you are going to the airport, prepare to dish out DHs 10 along with the fare. When it comes to tipping, you can choose to tip if you want, but as such it is not really expected. For those of you who want a pickup service at the airport have to resort to using the much more exorbitant Al Ghazal limousine service, as the others are not allowed to pickup visitors.
Besides cabs, Abu Dhabi is also well-services by buses. As per your stay and itinerary, you can choose from 1 day, 3days or 1month passes that come at accost of DHs 1/3/40 respectively.
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