Hello Abu Dhabi: Alternative guide to the world of art in contemporary Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi, UAE’s Capital City
Welcome to Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-most populous city (after Dubai) of the United Arab Emirates. It’s also the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Emirates of AUH
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Travel to Abu Dhabi. Explore amazing experiences, make memories, soak up the sun and find a piece of paradise. Welcome to Abu Dhabi’s official Tourism website.
Welcome to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the richest city in the world. The emirate’s 420,000 citizens, who sit on one-tenth of the planet’s oil and have almost $1 trillion invested abroad, are worth about $17 million apiece.
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Why is Abu Dhabi called AUH?
“Abu” is Arabic for father, and “Dhabi” is the Arabic word for gazelle. Abu Dhabi means “Father of Gazelle.” It is thought that this name came about because of the abundance of gazelles in the area and a folk tale involving Shakhbut bin Dhiyab al Nahyan.
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The Do’s and Don’ts for Tourists in the UAE
Do travel solo in the UAE – it’s perfectly safe and normal
Many people think that because the UAE is in the Middle East, it’s a dangerous place to visit. However, this is completely false. Quite the opposite, it’s one of the safest countries in the world, and is the perfect place to go for solo travellers who want to feel completely safe and welcome.
Do eat the street food
While in some countries, eating street food can land you in the hospital (or the loo), the street food in the UAE is almost always perfectly clean and absolutely delicious. Local favourites include a shawarma wrap, Emirati-style savoury crepes and piping hot fried doughnuts.
Don’t get drunk or drink too much alcohol in public
Alcohol is not completely banned, as places with a licence can sell drinks. However, it is against the law to get drunk in public. When you’re visiting the UAE, think carefully about where you are drinking, always be discreet and do not get drunk.
Do visit a mosque – it’s a great way to learn about the local religion and culture
Many tourists feel a bit intimidated and do not end up visiting the many mosques in the UAE. It is perfectly normal and even encouraged to visit the mosques in the country to learn about the local religion and culture – especially with famous mosques such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which will leave you wanting to visit more.
Do dress modestly when visiting a mosque
However, it is important that when you do visit a mosque, you dress modestly in order to show respect to those who visit the mosque to pray and worship. For women, this usually means long pants or skirts with a large shawl, and for men, this usually means long, baggy pants and long sleeves.
Do greet everyone you meet, either in English or in Arabic by saying salamu alaykum
It is a strong tradition among local Emiratis to engage in long and colourful greetings. Do feel free to say hi to both locals and residents, and if you’re feeling brave, try saying hello in Arabic, which is “Salamu alaykum”.
Don’t initiate a handshake when meeting with the opposite gender unless they initiate it first
One thing to always remember is that the divisions between genders can be quite marked – especially if you have never travelled to the UAE before. Remember not to initiate touching of the opposite gender unless they go to shake your hand first.
Abu Dhabi Popularity
Abu Dhabi has become a centre for world-class sporting events such as: the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the prestigious Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge cross-country rally and the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.