Abu Dhabi International Airport is served by many international carriers, including the UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways, recently voted the world’s best at the World Travel Awards. The airport is approximately 30 minutes from the city centre. International flights also are available to Dubai International Airport, which is two hours from Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has an excellent road system with wide highways linking the major cities. Speed limits vary, up to a maximum of 120 km/h on the main highways. Taxis are widely available and inexpensive. Car rentals are also widely available.
The UAE’s native language is Arabic while English is also widely spoken in business and social settings.
The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (abbreviated to Dhs or AED), with each dirham divided into 100 fils. The dirham is fixed to the US dollar with $1 = AED 3.67. Credit cards are widely accepted, banks are open Sundays-Thursdays and ATMs are plentiful.
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The working week runs from Sunday to Thursday. Most banks are not open on the weekend, although ATM machines are available. Many shops and malls are open until the late evening.
Voltage is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles. Plug sockets are mainly British style 3 pin type ‘G’ but European style 2 pin type ‘C’ sockets are also in use.