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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...

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...

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...

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...

Abu Dhabi Summer Sunset

Abu Dhabi Summer Sunset June 30, 2010 | Events | Read More
The combination of heat, haze and humidity makes for unique late June Abu Dhabi sunset. The Sun’s usual glare is attenuated by the atmospheric particles revealing the golden globe. Abu Dhabi summers tend to be very hot and humid. When winds kick up the fine sand, skies near the horizon becomes the...
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