While the pace of life is far more relaxed and laid-back compared to its counterpart, Dubai, Abu Dhabi is definitely more conservative. Read onto find out about some important tips to keep in mind while there.
It’s best if both men and women wear clothes which are more on the conservative side when in public places. Swimwear of choice can be worn while at the beach or pool sides at Abu Dhabi beach resorts including the likes of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort without any problem.
English is the most commonly spoken language as a multitude of ethnicities and nationalities live in the emirate. However, it wouldn’t hurt to be well versed in a few Arabic words such as hello and thank you.
Public transport in Abu Dhabi is safe and efficient. Hailing yourself a taxi too is an affordable way to get around if you do not plan on renting a vehicle for the duration of your stay. Do keep in mind to avoid taxis without meters as it can be quite expensive. Female travellers can also hail pink taxis which are driven by female drivers if safety is a concern.
Alcohol can be consumed at restaurants, nightclubs and bars but is banned in public spaces. During the Ramadan month, restaurants and eateries will be closed during the day. So, do be mindful not to eat or drink in public out of respect for those who are fasting.
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