About Abu Dhabi

This is a destination with almost year round sunshine, little rainfall and near perfect winter temperatures.In March-April, temperatures range from a low of 18°C /64.4 °F to a high of 34°C/93.2°F. It is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi.

Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed when in hotels, as the air conditioning can be fierce. Although the attitude towards dress is fairly liberal throughout the Emirates, a healthy amount of respect for local customs does not go amiss. Care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which may be considered revealing such as low-cut dresses, short skirts, or tight shirt or top in public. At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swimsuits and bikinis are quite acceptable. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats, or some protection for the head, are advisable when in direct sunlight.

Culture & Traditions
The emirate’s culture is awash with fascinating stories, crafts and traditions. Arabian horses, camel racing, salukis breeding and falcons have been crucial to Bedouins’ survival in the harsh desert environment.

The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils. It has been held constant against the US dollar since the end of 1980 at a mid-rate of approximately US$1= Dh3.67.

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. 

Language & Religion
The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood. Both languages are commonly used in business and commerce.
Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and is widely practised. The Islamic holy day is Friday. Abu Dhabi is tolerant of other religions with people being free to practice their religious beliefs, so long as they do not interfere with Islam.
Non-Muslims can get an insight into Islam through complimentary guided tours of the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - one of the world's largest. 

While normal tourist photography is acceptable, it is polite to ask permission before taking photos of people, particularly women. Photographs of government buildings, military installations and ports and airports should not be taken. Also, cameras may be banned in public areas designated for women and children only.

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