Blending a “Manhattan” skyline with landscaped parks and gardens, the city is a jewel in the desert warmly welcoming all visitors.
Abu Dhabi Climate
Sunny/blue skies can be expected through-out the year. The months June through September are generally hot and humid with temperatures averaging above 40ºC (110ºF). The weather is usually pleasant from October to May. January to February is cooler and may require the use of a light jacket. The oasis city of Al Ain regularly records the highest summer temperatures in the country, however the dry desert air and cooler evenings make it a traditional retreat from the intense summer heat and year round humidity of the capital city.
The local currency used in Abu Dhabi is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs). Cash is the best method of payment, especially when shopping in souks (markets) or using taxis. In shopping malls, one can withdraw money from ATMs which will mostly accept any card such as American Express, Cirrus, MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Plus System.
Credit and debit cards are also widely used as a method of payment.
Transportation in Abu Dhabi and getting around from A to Z
Abu Dhabi International Airport serves this city. The local time is GMT + 4 hours. Public transportation is available within the city. Visitors can find out more at www.abudhabi.ae.
Apart from organised tours, most visitors use taxis in the urban areas. These are plentiful, safe and can easily be flagged down at the roadside. Taxi services can also be booked in advance. Should you wish to travel in style with Emirates Palace, you can have a look at the options on our Transportation and Limousine page.
Developments in Abu Dhabi
New developments on islands surrounding the city plan to increase the population of the city by up to 800,000. Saadiyat Island has several cultural developments coming soon:
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel and is planned to open in 2015.
- The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be dedicated to contemporary art and culture and is due to open in 2017.