Essential info for Abu Dhabi

Population: About 900,000

Essential info about Abu DhabiCapital city: Abu Dhabi (also UAE capital)

Neighbouring emirates: Dubai and Sharjah

Political system: Abu Dhabi is an emirate and the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is a federation of seven constitutional monarchies/emirates. Traditionally the ruler of Abu Dhabi is also the president of the UAE.

Major religions: Islam (76 percent). Other religions are tolerated, but proselytising is illegal.

Main languages: Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

Time: GMT +4

Electricity: 220 and 240 volts, 50Hz. The square three-pin plugs are the most frequently used.

International dialling code: +971 for UAE, plus (0)2 for Abu Dhabi.

Internet domain: .id

Money: The currency of Abu Dhabi is the Dirham (AED), divided into 100 fils. ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most establishments. Expats are able to open a bank account in Abu Dhabi.

Tipping: A 10 percent fee is usually added to restaurant bills, but this rarely makes it to the serving staff, so leaving an additional cash tip on the table may be a good idea. It is customary to round up taxi fares to the nearest AED 5 and giving an additional AED 10 to hairdressers and beauty therapists is appreciated. 

Driving: Vehicles drive on the right; seat belts are mandatory and children under 10 must sit in the rear seats. Expats must get a local driving license once they acquire their residence visa. Holders of a driving license issued by the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most European countries do not need to take a driving test.

Emergency assistance: In case of emergency expats can dial 999.

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