to Abu Dhabi and experience the magic in
Federal Capital of the United Arab Emirates; It is the largest
of the seven emirates as well as the Financial, Oil and
banking capital of the Middle East; and home on the magnificent
Emirates Palace - An Arabian business haven.
Abu Dhabi Tourism News
Fees to Pay by Credit Card – It’s the Law
you are planning to travel to Abu Dhabi and like to pay
using your credit card, you would be pleased to know that
there will be no additional fees when you pay for purchases
across the Emirate following instructions from the Abu Dhabi
Department of Economic Development.
In a statement issued on 24 July 2016, the department announced
that it has issued a circular to all businesses across the
Emirate warning them not to collect any extra fees when
consumers opt to pay by credit cards.
The circular is a reinforcement of the recent resolution
by the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection banning
any collection of extra fees from consumers when they pay
for goods or services with credit card. This applies to
both private businesses and government sectors.
developments of the Abu Dhabi Yas Water World
Despite Abu Dhabi's status in the
Emirates, it was only until September 2004 that
a Ruler’s Decree was established to create
a Tourism Authority. It is intended that tourism
will play an important role in promoting friendship,
goodwill and understanding and, quite right too,
because the City has a lot to offer the discerning
visitor apart from friendship and goodwill.
His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan,
Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority led
the celebration of the grand opening of the new
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority UK office at No.1 Knightsbridge,
a sub-tropical, arid climate, it hardly rains! Abu Dhabi
has always been a special place; it is one of the world’s
safest travel destinations because street and hotel room
crimes are practically non-existent. Apart from the eternal
sunshine, the city offers state-the-art conference facilities,
many first class hotels and restaurants offering a diverse
range food and beverage. Restaurants cover everything from
coffee shops to fine dining and specialty outlets. The standard
of international cuisine in Abu Dhabi is high.
good news for Lady executive travellers is that whether
travelling alone or with their families, you will experience
no special restrictions or dress or behaviour in your day
to day activities. Women play a full and active part in
the life of the country ( up to and including Government
Minister level) and foreign women visitors can be assured
they will be readily accepted and welcomed.
from being a sun-seekers delight, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming
a sports lover’s destination. It has three distinctive
golf courses each with immaculate greens, clubhouses and
lush fairways, making it a perfect destination for golf
novices, enthusiasts and professionals.
Al Ghazal golf Club is an 18-hole, 6,487 yard par 71 sand
gold course that recently hosted the first international
golf tournament to be played on sand attracting major golf
professional s and spectators alike.
those who like adventure, the thrill of dune-driving or
wadi-bashing is recommended. This is an exciting desert
experience. Driving on sand is not as easy as it looks and
expert instruction is essential before the any novice sets
out in a hired four wheel drive. Wadi Bashing is the ultimate
get-away-from-it-all experience, heading off the beaten
track along dry creek beds (wadis) or any uncharted terrain
in on off-road vehicle.
all this you can meet a family of Bedouin, discover a mountain
pool or waterfall,, sight a gazelle or have some real experience
with organised desert safaris.
adventure sports are boat racing, horse racing, sand skiing,
scuba diving and deep sea fishing, racing the camels or
following the falcon.
is the training of wild falcons which are then launched
at wild prey. Once a means of obtaining fresh meat without
having to slaughter valuable livestock, falconry is now
part of the local heritage and Abu Dhabi offers various
facilities of interest to falcon enthusiasts including the
Emirates Falconers Club which protects falcons while preserving
the popularity of falconry and the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
. Abu Dhabi even hosts a falcon beauty contest at the annual
Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Show.
other members of the UAE are Dubai , Sharjah, Ajman , Umm
Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah . The President and
Ruler of Abu Dhabi is His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan. Abu Dhabi is the richest of the emirates and
a global economic powerhouse in its own rights especially
as it owns about 10% of the world’s known oil reserves.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ABU DHABI
UAE is a highly cosmopolitan well-educated society, familiar
with the methods and means of doing business worldwide,
however there are a few points which people new to the Arabian
business environment should keep in mind.
Here, more than anywhere else, business is conducted on
the basis of personal relationships and mutual trust. It
is vitally important to build on these.
Although it is changing rapidly and large firms are structured
as in the rest of the world, companies are often a family
affair, with the ultimate decision-maker being the head
of the family. Even if this is not the case, it is essential
to clearly identify the decision-maker. However, your initial
meetings will probably be at a lower level. These are also
very important as a means of building mutual trust. Print
your business card in English and Arabic and make sure that
all brochures and presentation material are full-colour
and well produced.
Good manners and courtesy are prized attributes. Nevertheless,
although you should always arrive on time for a meeting,
punctuality is not considered a virtue and you may be kept
waiting before or during your meeting. Do not be impatient.
Take the time to chat and drink the coffee, tea or soft
drink that is always on offer and establish the relationships
that will stand you in good stead. Do not be put off if
your meeting is interrupted by other guests or telephone
conversations. The upfront, hard-hitting approach is generally
not welcome. Be aware that what may seem like evasiveness
on the part of your host is usually an unwillingness to
say no to your face. Nevertheless, once a deal, is made,
orally or otherwise, an Arab businessman’s word is
his bond and you are also expected to perform accordingly,
even if the agreement is a verbal one. This can be disconcerting
if you come from a business environment where verbal agreements
are not binding.
Hospitality is a way of life in the Arab world and business
is frequently conducted over lunch or dinner – more
than likely in a hotel or restaurant. It is also considered
polite to return the invitation.
Arabic is the official language, English is widely used
in business transactions.
1. Westerners are welcome guests, as long as they respect
Islamic culture. Western (dress, food, drink—including
alcohol—and business behaviours) are accepted and
understood, if they do not challenge an essentially conservative
view of life and human relationships. You’re not expected
to act like a local, but nor should you push the envelope.
2. Traditional Gulf hospitality requires endless rounds
of coffee (dense and sometimes spiced) and tea, both usually
highly sweetened. Do not refuse another cup; if you are
done drinking simply lift the empty cup to your lips. You
will also always be implored to eat more food: Refuse two
or three times for politeness, then accept. If you do not
want more food, leave some on your plate.
3. Remain flexible with time: Last-minute schedule changes
are common, and meetings may take place at any hour of the
day (or night). Build in more flex time, and expect to discuss
many topics simultaneously.
4. Avoid using your left hand when passing important documents
or food, or when greeting people. Never reveal the sole
of your shoe when sitting. Never point or beckon with your
index finger; instead, use your full upward-facing open
palm. When beckoning people, use your open downward-facing
palm at eye level, and wave all fingers up and down together.
5. Be respectful of the general patterns of Islamic life:
Observant Muslims avoid alcohol and pork. Muslim holidays
(especially Ramadan) and the Friday holy day are typically
not good times to introduce important new business, and
daily prayer times (there are five, three of which can occur
during business hours) must be respected.
6. Businesswomen should dress modestly (loose-fitting business
dress with arms covered to the wrist, legs covered to below
the knee, a blouse that covers the shoulders), but should
expect to be treated with as much credibility and authority
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other visitors except nationals of the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) require a visa to enter the UAE
summer clothing is suitable most of the year, but some slightly
warmer garments may be needed for the winter months, especially
in the evenings. When visiting hotels, restaurants, shopping
malls and cinemas it is a good idea to take a sweater or
cardigan as the air-conditioning can be a little cold.
attitude to dress in Abu Dhabi is relaxed, but visitors
(men as well as women) should show respect for local culture
and customs in public places by avoiding excessively revealing
Official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken
and hotels have speaking in a wide range of other major
monetary unit of the UAE is the dirham (Dhs. Or AED) which
is divided into 100 fils. The dirham is linked to the US
dollar at a rate of US$1 to Dhs 3.67. There are no foreign
exchange restrictions and the currency is freely convertible.
shops, hotels and restaurants accept all major credit cards.
practices are similar to the rest of the world. Taxi drivers
do not expect a tip but will appreciate a little extra.
In restaurants 10 % is considered adequate if service is
is permitted in Abu Dhabi and is served in hotel restaurants
and bars except for some clubs and associations. It is not
for sale elsewhere.
are plentiful and cheap in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Individually
registered taxis can be flagged down at the roadside.
runs a fleet of upmarket cars and Mercedes limos that can
be booked in advance by telephone.
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