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Things You Should Know When Travelling to Abu Dhabi - A Fab Holiday Destination

Capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is a great holiday destination offering one unique experiences and the best in modern allures. The place amalgamates tradition with modernity and a culture that will seem quite unique to most western tourists. Here are some tips when visiting Abu Dhabi.


The Dress Code and How Not to Insult

While enjoying the plush confines of your comfortable Abu Dhabi hotel, such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, you may dress as you wish, especially if you are looking at spending time on the exotic Sir Bani Yas Island home to fab Abu Dhabi beach resorts. But when out in public remember to keep shoulders and knees covered. While being part of the culture in Abu Dhabi, this dress will also protect you from the scorching rays of the sun, avoiding nasty sunburn. Oh, and besides covering up when outdoors have a shawl handy for covering up when inside, since the interiors of malls, restaurants etc. in Abu Dhabi are generally freezing cold due to generous bouts of air-conditioning.


Mind your Manners at the Mosque

You will definitely want to explore the many fascinating mosques of Abu Dhabi, the Grand Mosque, for instance, boasting one of the world's largest carpets and a chandelier the size of a room is one to check out. But there are protocols to follow; women must cover their heads and avoid wearing tight clothing. Men and women both may not wear sleeveless clothing and no cargo shorts or jorts, please!


Selfies and Souvenir Photos

While the unique experiences you will be savouring while in Abu Dhabi, definitely warrant a photo, you must know where and when it is appropriate to click away. While the Grand Mosque is one such experience to chronicle, you cannot start clicking selfies together there, since that means you will be 'touching' and that is not allowed.


Make Time to Enjoy the Persian Gulf

The Persian Gulf has long since been a controversial body of water. But leaving all that aside, when holidaying in Abu Dhabi you must enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Persian Gulf. If staying at a Sir Bani Yas Island resort plan on snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving; the rewards are insurmountable.


Discover the Cuisine

Throw all inhibitions out the window and set off on a trail exploring Emirati cuisine. From spicy exotic delights of fragrant rice and chicken dishes to wheat and lamb concoctions which take hours to cook, the traditional food in Abu Dhabi will have your taste-buds asking for more. The desserts too are a heady mix of sweet and Arabic ingredients designed to make you appreciate the simple pleasures of life. So, go explore the fab world of Emirati food in Abu Dhabi. Here's a tip, check out the 'Meylas' food truck for some traditional favourites.