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Do's & Don'ts When Visiting Abu Dhabi for Tourists – Be smart and savvy as you explore Abu Dhabi!

The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi is a well-managed city famed for modern infrastructure, leisure and adventure parks and marvellous beaches. Complementing this visionary opulence are the rich heritage and culture inviting standards of decorum and etiquette from the visitors.


An Islamic Nation

As a first-timer, you are hit by the fierce rays of the desert heat when stepping out of the airport thus your natural inclination is to shed some of those warm outer clothing that kept you snug and comfy on the flight. As visitors to an Islamic country be modest in ensuring the shoulders and knees are covered when in public places, whether male or female even for that short taxi ride to your chosen luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. This is demonstrating respect and good etiquette to your host country.


You would seem like a resident

Around 90 per cent of the population of the UAE is comprised of the expatriate workforce and their dependents some of whom had lived in the city for long periods. Hence it would seem difficult to distinguish visitors at a glance, however, the astute eye would discern it from your conduct and way of dress. Thus blend in with the residents by refraining from tank tops and shorts and display of affection in the public unless you are at a resort such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort.


Wow the desert sand

Plan to spend time doing a desert safari to embrace the sand, enjoy a camel ride, embellish your hands and feet with gorgeous henna and watch sensational belly dancing along with shisha. A wondrous and unforgettable experience to be topped off with riding on dunes and dozing off beneath a galaxy of desert night stars, a must-do adventure activity for visitors.


Delight the foodie in you

The variety of food in Abu Dhabi is simply amazing, be open to not only Arabic cuisine but also Lebanese, Turkish, Egyptian, Indian and many others which tempt you not only with the presentation and offering but the heavenly aromas. Explore and enjoy by using different eating places or visiting a mall to experiment with the cuisines to suit your palette. If you are staying for some days it is best to pick up the local discount voucher apps.


Discover the fascinating Emirati Heritage and Culture

Although there are many places to visit to get those deep insights into the rich heritage and culture of the UAE, a few unique sites to explore are the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosquee, Qasr Al Watan the Presidential Palace, Qasr Al Hosn, the Fort and the Heritage Village. The Grand Mosque provides an in-depth tour free of charge which is well worth your time. Be mindful of your attire and conduct at these holy or public places.


Keep yourself well hydrated

Always have a bottle of filtered water with you as you go about sightseeing, at amusement parks and basically when outdoors as hydration is important with the heat outdoors. Consumption of liquor is permitted, however, do so from licensed places such as bars and restaurants and do it in moderation.