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By: Neil Smith
Your UAE visa is ready? Are you ready to see Abu Dhabi? Before you arrive in Abu Dhabi, there are 12 things you must know about Abu Dhabi that will make your life easy, and appreciate the city even more. These things are a mix of amazing facts and important information that you will find helpful. In fact, many people staying in Abu Dhabi also may not know them, but you will know them, and get the confidence to apply for U.A.E. tourist visa. Here they are.
It all Began at Liwa
Abu Dhabi used to be a place that people would only pass through in the 18th Century until the Bani Yas tribe decided to settle down near the Liwa Oasis. Though now the city has come far away from the original area near the Oasis, this is the point where it all began.
Pearl Trade to Oil Trade
Abu Dhabi was a city whose main economy was in the pearl trade, quite similar to Dubai. But then, oil was discovered in 1950, and the first large shipment of oil took off in 1962. Since then, the city has not looked back and continues to be one of the most modern cities in the world.
Multi-terrain Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi comprises of around 200 islands. Yes, 200 islands are a part of Abu Dhabi, which has resulted in it having 400 km of coastline. So, carry your beach clothes when visiting Abu Dhabi. But wait, there are deserts and mountainous regions too. So, tourists have a wide choice of regions they can visit in Abu Dhabi.
Islamic Rules Dominate
U.A.E. being an Islamic nation adheres to the teachings of Islam. Therefore, public drinking and intoxication are prohibited. You cannot openly buy and carry alcohol. It can be attracting fines or in some cases, even jail. Only in special private places like hotels, restaurants and pubs can serve alcohol, where tourists and patrons can enjoy a drink. Drugs, including mild recreational drugs, are completely banned. Possession will result in immediate jail. Do not indulge in them.
Wearing shorts and sleeveless tops are not allowed for men or women. No dresses should be above your knees, and shoulders should always be covered. Wear cotton flowy dresses to combat the heat.
Abu Dhabi is hot but night-time can be cold, and the indoors are also quite cold as they are all air-conditioned. Therefore, be prepared to face different temperatures, or plan your vacation according to the climate of the city. October to April is the best time to visit as temperatures outside and inside is cool.
Home to World’s Only Ferrari Theme Park
There is only one Ferrari themed Amusement Park in the world and it is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Ferrari World is also home to the fastest roller coaster ride in the world – Formula Rossa. Plus, there are many amazing rides here. All tourists must come here at least once.
Middle East’s only Formula 1 Circuit
Abu Dhabi is also home to the only F1 Circuit in the Middle East. Yas Marina Circuit has been a regular on the international races circuit and is one of the reasons why many tourists visit. During the off-season, visitors can take a tour ride on the track, and the pit garages.
A seat of the Government
Since the seven Emirates united into one strong nation of U.A.E., the Government has set up base in Abu Dhabi. So, all the major national policy decisions are done here. Citizens around the country also come to the city for official work.
Dubai is Nearby
From Abu Dhabi, you can drive down to Dubai in a matter of hours. In fact, many people, stay in one city and work in the other. Such is the convenience of travel. Therefore, tourists in Abu Dhabi can take day-long city tours of Dubai and enjoy both these amazing cities.
Dubai’s Nearest Rival
There are not many cities that can match the caliber and extravaganza of Dubai, but Abu Dhabi comes close. Abu Dhabi also sees many international tourists and has a plethora of attractions that can easily rival Dubai. The lifestyle here too is decadent. Abu Dhabi also has many 5-star hotels, world-class restaurants, gigantic water, and amusement parks, and more.
Sheikh Zayed & Al Ain
Al Ain City is close to Abu Dhabi. The father of modern U.A.E., Sheikh Zayed was born in Al Ain. This place has now been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al Ain City features a palace, a national museum, and an oasis. This is one of the places all tourists must visit. Here, they can also experience wadi bashing, hiking, go-kart racing, and a huge camel market.
So, here are 12 things to know before you arrive in Abu Dhabi. Now, you can plan an awesome vacation accordingly and enjoy Abu Dhabi.