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Opening Night at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Opening Night at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival October 19, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Its that time of year again in Abu Dhabi when folks crawl out their summer caves and enjoy the moderating temperatures. This is also the part of the year when most activities are planned. The fourth annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival is no exception. Held at the tony Emirates Place Hotel, this event draws...

Abu Dhabi Taxi Secrets

Abu Dhabi Taxi Secrets September 16, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
While the recently established Abu Dhabi Metro bus system is enjoying rapid growth, it has a way to go to provide convenient coverage in the area and has not been a threat to the local taxi drivers yet. Taxis are still the best way to get around. They plentiful and inexpensive but there are some things...

Arabic Numbers

Arabic Numbers September 16, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Most of us educated in the west are aware of two main kinds of numbers; Arabic and Roman. We always thought we were being taught the Arabic style with 0-9 instead of the Roman style with all those pesky X’s, M’s, I’s, C’s and V’s. Well our teachers were partly right. We...

Shisha, an Abu Dhabi Tradition

Shisha, an Abu Dhabi Tradition September 12, 2010 | Things to Do | Read More
One of the most rewarding aspects of travel is partaking in unique customs of your destination.  In Abu Dhabi, one very pleasurable pastime is smoking a shisha.  A shisha pipe is also known around the world as a hookah, waterpipe or “bong” (by those that  may have dabbled in some previous...

Bargaining in Abu Dhabi

Bargaining in Abu Dhabi September 8, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
AED 200 Dirham Note The Middle East has been a crossroads of trade for centuries as a result of being located halfway between Europe and Asia. This created rich traditions of commerce and a mixing of cultures. Most of theses cultures are astute businessmen so naturally spirited negotiations became...

A City Without Addresses

A City Without Addresses August 29, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Downtown Abu Dhabi That’s right, the city of Abu Dhabi and in fact the whole country of the United Arab Emirates have no numbered street addresses as we know them in the west. 123 Elm Street just doesn’t exist. Everyone has post office box numbers in lieu of addresses. How mail gets delivered...

Abu Dhabi Public Transportation

Abu Dhabi Public Transportation August 23, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Abu Dhabi Bus at Night Having just started scheduled bus routes in June, 2008, Abu Dhabi’s public transportation system is still in its infancy.  In the last few years, the city put a lot of effort into modernizing and expanding the system.  The growth has been rapid and consistent although the...

Ramadan

Ramadan August 7, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Ramadan is set to start in Abu Dhabi August 11th. It is the holiest month in the Arabic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is a time for penance, charity and introspection. Muslims practice fasting from dawn to dusk which means no eating, drinking, smoking or sex during the daylight...

5 Abu Dhabi Driving Tips

5 Abu Dhabi Driving Tips July 28, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Piloting your own car in Abu Dhabi is not substantially different than in most western countries. The roads are in excellent shape, well lit at night and the numerous signs are bilingual Arabic/English. Traffic follows the U.S.A. convention of driving on the right. Most cars on the road are of a newer...

Packing for Abu Dhabi

Packing for Abu Dhabi July 18, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Abu Dhabi To many potential travelers, Abu Dhabi must seem like a mysterious, exotic outpost in the Middle East devoid of the familiar items that make life easier in the West. Nothing could be further from the truth. This city is home to world-class malls, modern pharmacies, huge grocery stores and...