Abu Dhabi

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national speed

be covered in about 1 hour and 20 minutes. While there is a national speed limit of 120km h, it is allowed to speed up to 140km h, yet this is often wildly exceeded by some drivers. Stay out of the leftmost lane and drive carefully, especially at night. If you rent a car in Abu Dhabi, chances are that the car will warn you if go above 120 km h. Depending on the vehicle, it might just be a flashing light or an accompanying, continuous, shrill beep. If you get annoyed by this, you might not want to exceed 120 km h. To travel directly into Abu Dhabi from Dubai on E11, keep to your left at Al Shahama and follow the E10 highway, which passes Yas Island (exit at the E12 highway) and Al Raha Beach on the way to the Sheikh Zayed Bridge into Abu Dhabi. This bridge connects directly to Salam Street (8th Street), a newly widened megahighway along the northern shore of Abu Dhabi Island. As an alternative to the Zayed Bridge, there are ramps off E10 that connect to the Maqta Bridge, which leads to both 2nd Street (Airport Road) and 4th Street (East Road or Muroor Road). During off-peak periods, these routes run fairly quickly into the city. Parking Parking within the city is monitored by Mawaqif, which also supply the parking meters. Parking meters have displays in English and Arabic. The minimum fees are usually Dhs. 2-4. Parking areas in Abu Dhabi are clearly marked; yellow and grey for no parking, blue and black for standard fare, and blue and white for premium fare. In the central area, there are limited parking garages (some are in malls such as Al Wahda and Khalidiya which are generally free of charge). By bus You can get into Abu Dhabi from the other Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, etc., by bus. The ''Emirates Express'' between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is operated jointly by the Abu Dhabi and Dubai municipalities. The 130km route takes around two hours. The buses operated by Dubai's RTA are luxury buses that charge Dhs. 25 for the onward journey to Abu Dhabi and Dhs. 25 for the return journey. The Abu Dhabi transport buses charge Dhs. 15 each way. The first bus departs from the Abu Dhabi main bus terminal on the corner of Hazza bin Zayed the First (11th) St and East (4th) Rd at 5:30AM and the last leaves at 11:30PM; they leave at 30 minute intervals, or if the bus gets full sooner. From Dubai, the buses leave from 5:30AM, and run until 11:30PM, from the Al Ghubaiba station in Bur Dubai (opposite Carrefour Shopping). For bus times, see the timetable published on the Government of Dubai's website. By taxi You can flag down any metered taxi on the street in Dubai or any other place in the UAE and ask to go to Abu Dhabi. The cost between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is about Dhs 250. From Abu Dhabi, taxis cost about Dhs 200 to Dubai. Get around Abu Dhabi hasn't got much in terms of public transport; there will be plenty of traffic jams. By taxi Taxis are a great way to get around if you don't have a car. Abu Dhabi's taxis are also really cheap, too. The main taxis are silver with yellow signs on the top. Flag fall costs Dhs. 3.50, slightly more at night. You can flag one down from anywhere in Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, you can book a taxi in Abu Dhabi by calling 600535353, for a Dhs. 5 booking fee. Taxis are monitored using GPS and are not allowed to give above certain speeds. These change depending on where the taxi is. Newer looking black cabs also go around town sometimes. These are airport taxis, which you can get on at Abu Dhabi airport and get off anywhere in the city for Dhs. 75. You can recognise them with their coloured signs on the top, displaying text in English and Arabic. You are not expected to tip cab drivers, but gratuity will be extremely appreciated. By bus The main Bus station in Abu Dhabi is on Hazaa Bin Zayed Road. You can get buses here going to the different points within the city as well as inter-city buses. The bus stand also serves as a taxi stand, for inter-emirate taxis. The inter-city buses and airport buses are easy to locate at the bus terminal, and well signposted. The route services depart from various stops in the vicinity, and not all enter the bus terminal proper. There is no directional signage or and no maps. The fare system is simple: Dhs. 2 for a single ride, Dhs. 4 for a day pass, or Dhs. 40 for a one-month ''Ojra'' pass. The dark bluish green buses are air-conditioned but not wheelchair accessible. Passengers can board and alight at the designated stops along the route. These locations can be identified by the temporary Department of Transport bus stop poles. Beware: bus stops that do not have the DoT bus stop sign may not be served as not all bus stops along the route are used. * '''Route 5:''' Al Meena to Marina Mall via Abu Dhabi Mall and Hamden Street. Every 10 min, 6:30AM–11:30PM. * '''Route 7:''' Abu Dhabi Mall to Marina Mall via Zayed the 1st Street (also known as Electra). Every 10 min, 6:30AM–11:30PM. * '''Route 8:''' Tourist club to Break Water via Hamdan Street, Zayed the 2nd (via 4th) Street, Airport Road, Al Manhal Street. Every 20 min, 7:15AM–11:30PM. * '''Route 32:''' Sports City Carrefour to Marina Mall via Airport Road, Bus Station, and Zayed the 1st Street. Every 10 min, 6AM-10:40PM. * '''Route 54:''' Sports City Carrefour to Abu Dhabi Mall via East Read, Bus Station, and Hamden Street. Every 10 min, 6AM-11PM. The older bus service, operated by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, operates bus routes within city and to the other emirates. The routes within the city are very few. The buses are modern and air-conditioned. The services are as punctual as possible and operate more or less around the clock and charge Dhs. 2 for travel within the capital. The front few seats are reserved for women, men should move towards the back of the bus. By car Abu Dhabi has a reputation for reckless drivers. They can pull out in front of you, change lanes at random, or even text and drive. Drunk driving is also very strictly enforced; one glass of wine is enough to land you in jail for a month, or worse, an accident. If you do decide to take the plunge, beware that the street numbering system is unusual and it can take weeks to get used to it. U-turns are allowed at almost every intersection. When the left lane signal turns green, you simply have to swing a U-turn and come back. Whatever other flaws drivers here may have, they do ''not'' run red lights. There are cameras at many intersections, fines are high (about Dhs. 550 or $150 US), and residents who are not citizens can be deported for running too many red lights. When the light starts flashing, that taxi in front of you ''will'' jam on the brakes, and you should, too. When the light turns green, however, expect someone behind you to honk at you immediately to get you moving. Unfortunately, despite excellent roads, and a traffic signal system, vehicle accidents remains the largest cause of deaths in the UAE. On foot While walking in Abu Dhabi is not a problem for locals, tourists from colder climates will suffer from the heat and sun. The temperatures can exceed 40° in the summer. While staying inside or using a vehicle is a good idea, if you have to walk, try to do it night, when it is cooler. Plus, there won't be a sun to give you a wicked sunburn. If you have to go during the day, wear plenty of SPF 50 sunblock, wear a hat and light clothing and try to keep in the shade as much as possible. By bicycle There is a separated cycleway that runs almost the entire length of the Corniche, as well as around Yas Island, and other parts. See File:Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque.jpg 250px right thumb Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE. Abu Dhabi offers little in the way of historical or cultural sights but it certainly isn’t lacking in attractions and many of them are free. *


culture related

, benefits, and other culture-related activities that are the hallmark of any city. It's well worth a look. There are a vast number of projects coming up in Abu Dhabi. *'''Saadiyat Island''' is being developed into a cultural haven (see Understand (#Understand)). *'''Yas Island''' is an essential location that should be on every tourist's bucket list. It has a Ferrari race track, Ferrari World (a Ferrari-themed park home to the fastest roller coaster in the world), Yas Waterworld, a shopping mall and a hotel. * '''Lulu Islands''' are a group of artificial islands, already built just offshore at great expense, but currently sitting there doing absolutely nothing after a tourism venture failed to even start construction. * '''Reem Island''' is an island off the coast of the main Abu Dhabi island. It is expected that, by the time it is completed, it will be a residential, commercial and educational haven. Even though construction is ongoing, the island is still largely empty, especially on the far side. Do * '''Swimming''' Nearly all hotels and private clubs in Abu Dhabi offer swimming facilities, usually in the form of private beaches. You can pay for a day's use, or for a year's. Another, notably cheaper, option is The Club, an organization geared towards expatriates. *'''Lessons''' Some hotels also offer dance lessons, aerobics classes, and other physical entertainment. * '''Desert Safari''' trips are a tourist but fun experience. They must be booked ahead, but can often be booked as late as the day before, most hotel receptionists can arrange this for you. Trips start late afternoon and end at night. You will be collected from your hotel and driven to the desert in a 4x4 vehicle. Most packages include a bone-rattling drive over the dunes, a short camel ride, a mediocre Arabic buffet and a belly dancer. Note that the belly dancer is normally only included if there are enough of you in your party so enquire at the time of booking. Another option would be renting buying a 4x4 and joining the many growing 4x4 clubs in the UAE. Most popular off them is the Abu Dhabi 4x4 offroad club AKA AD4x4 that offers a free learning experience for all newcomers. The club consists of all nationalities and is currently active with over 2000 members and schedule trips weekly to suit all levels of driving skills. * The official sport of the Emirates is shopping, and Abu Dhabi offers plenty of opportunity in this area. '''Helicopter Tour''' Board a luxurious 6-seater Eurocopter EC130 B4 and Discover Abu Dhabi from a birds' eye view with Falcon Aviation Services.Tours operate daily from 9AM to 5PM out of the Marina Mall Terminal. Reservations recommended (tours can be booked on an individual or private basis) Buy Abu Dhabi is a compulsive shopper's dream. There are several malls, most of which have the same stores as other malls. Besides establishments aimed at locals, malls also include popular foreign chain stores, as well as designer places. Many visitors will be surprised at the female fashion dichotomy - while local custom calls for women to be covered in public, most stores sell short skirts and halter tops alongside the more sedate floor-length skirts and high-necked shirts. * '''Abu Dhabi Mall''' is a three story shopping mall located in Tourist Club Area, adjacent to the Beach Rotana Hotel. File:MarinaMall Causeway.JPG 250px thumb The turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf along the Corniche, with the Marina Mall in the background * '''Marina Mall''' boasts a musical fountain and ceilings that thunder and rain. It is in the Water Breaker area near the magnificent Emirates Palace. It also contains one of two Carrefour hypermarkets in town. *


musical band

telecommunication company, Warid Telecom.musical-band-39-jal-39.aspx Warid Telecom sponsors musical band 'Jal' Retrieved on June 23, 2011. In the same year, Jal entered the recording studios to work on their second studio album release. The mixing and engineering of the album was done by Mekaal Hasan and Goher Mumtaz. The album was recorded at Digital Fidelity Studios in Lahore, where the band also


high oil

, as demonstrated by the sour gas project at Shah where the gas is rich in hydrogen sulphide content and is expensive to develop and process. thumb The Heritage Village (File:The Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi, UAE.JPG) Recently the government has been diversifying their economic plans. Served by high oil prices, the country’s non-oil and gas GDP has outstripped that attributable to the energy sector. Remarkably, non-oil and gas GDP now constitutes 64% of the UAE’s total GDP. This trend is reflected in Abu Dhabi with substantial new investment in industry, real estate, tourism and retail. As Abu Dhabi is the largest oil producer of the UAE, it has reaped the most benefits from this trend. It has taken on an active diversification and liberalisation programme to reduce the UAE’s reliance on the hydrocarbon sector. This is evident in the emphasis on industrial diversification with the completion of free zones, Industrial City of Abu Dhabi, twofour54 Abu Dhabi media free zone and the construction of another, ICAD II, in the pipeline. There has also been a drive to promote the tourism and real estate sectors with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Tourism and Development Investment Company undertaking several large-scale development projects. These projects will be served by an improved transport infrastructure with a new port, an expanded airport and a proposed rail link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai all in the development stages.


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social skills

pests; Garfield generally spares mice, and even cooperates with them to cause mischief (much to Jon's chagrin), but will readily swat or pound spiders flat. Other gags focused on Jon's poor social skills and inability to get a date; before he started dating Liz, he often tried to get dates, usually without success (in one strip, after failing to get a date with "Nancy", he tried getting a date with her mother and grandmother; he ended up getting "shot down by three generations"


special part

6775599 tollfree fax hours price Dhs.10 per person Eat all you can and various content This is a pure veg Gujarati (North Indian) style restaurant. The demand for Puri Bhaji (a deep fried bread and Potato and Chick Pea veg dish) is so great that you will have to wait your turn but it's worth it. There is a special part for ladies and families. Friday lunch with sweets and as much Puri as you want for only at Dhs 12. Sometimes you will have to wait for 10 mins to get a roti. *


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Hogan. The model behind Gulf Air was to economise on routes with little demand for First or Business Class passengers. Gulf Traveller's inaugural flight between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah took place on 15 June 2003. *June 11, 2011 Formula Drift Ultimate Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX *February 25, 2011 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE *February 12, 2011 Figali Convention Center, Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá - Abu Dhabi align center AUH align


business unusual

of the Curve and Business Unusual and was principal anchor for CNNfn in New York. Since October 2007, Defterios has been hosting ''Marketplace Middle East'' on CNN International. In November 2011, he began presenting ''Global Exchange (Global Exchange (TV programme))'', focusing on emerging markets, from Abu Dhabi.


football events

corniche because of the pleasant environment and enough space. Cricket is also popular because of South Asian expats. There have been many small competitions conducted between small time football and cricket teams. Another location known as the Dome has been created for mainly football events among others. The purpose behind the development of the Dome@Rawdhat was to create a community football and sporting facility with indoor and outdoor pitches in the heart of the city of Abu Dhabi for everyone

Abu Dhabi

population_density_km2 auto utc_offset +4 timezone UAE standard time website Abu Dhabi Government Portal Facebook Facebook Page footnotes Abu Dhabi is known as''رشكشا'' ((transelated too ri-shi-kesh in English)) to the local Arabic and through the historic inscriptions. thumb Aerial view of Abu Dhabi on the coast of the Persian Gulf (File:Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.JPG) '''Abu Dhabi''' (US ) title How did Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other cities get their names? Experts reveal all publisher UAE Interact date 3 October 2007 accessdate 2013-04-05 url http: www.uaeinteract.com news rss-news.asp?ID 24335 is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, and also capital of Abu Dhabi emirate, the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper had a population of 921,000 in 2013. United Arab Emirates: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population. World Gazetteer.

Abu Dhabi houses federal government offices, is the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government (Federal National Council), home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family (Al Nahyan family) and the President of the UAE, who is from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan (Multiculturalism) metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation (Urbanization), coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's center of political (Politics) and industrial (industry) activities, and a major cultural (Culture) and commercial (commerce) centre, due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400 billion United Arab Emirates economy. Gulfnews: Abu Dhabi Economy Grows 5.2% In 2013, Slower Than Expected. www.gulfnews.com (3 June 2014). Retrieved on 2014-09-24.

Abu Dhabi is home to important financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and numerous multinational corporations. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism.

Abu Dhabi is the fourth most expensive city (List of most expensive cities for expatriate employees) for expatriate employees in the region (Middle East), and in 2014 was the 68th most expensive big city in the world.

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