Practical life on site Abu Dhabi

Practical life on site Abu Dhabi


220-240 V, 50 Hz. The plugs, three square pins, are the same as in England. Most hotels have adapters, otherwise it is easy to find a cheap one in small shops.

Time difference

Abu Dhabi is 2 hours ahead of Western Europe in summer and 3 hours in winter. When it is noon in Paris, it is 14 p.m. in Abu Dhabi in July and 15 p.m. in December.

Business hours

Friday at 13 p.m. During the period of Ramadan, the hours change almost everywhere, with openings in the evenings and generally closing much later.

Classically, shops open their doors from 9 am to day. Most shopping centers operate every day from 10 a.m. to 22 p.m. (even 23 p.m. or midnight on Thursday and Friday evenings).

Be careful, some places (shopping centers, parks) sometimes reserve time slots for women and families, even if this practice is tending to decline.

The main attractions of Abu Dhabi are accessible every day, with some exceptions (the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque does not open until 16:30 p.m. on Friday). For museums, it depends on their importance: some are closed on Monday and Friday mornings - especially in Al Aïn.


If theArab is naturally official language, the real lingua franca of Abu Dhabi isEnglish. Almost all immigrants are forced to do it!


In hot weather, you are unaware of the strong temperature contrasts between air-conditioned interiors and exteriors: your device may form a mist inside the case itself, which will take about twenty minutes to disappear.


See traditions and customs in the United Arab Emirates.


- Since then From the United Arab Emirates to abroad: 00 must be dialed, followed by the code of the desired country (Belgium 32, Canada 1, France 33, Switzerland 41) and the number of the correspondent, without the initial 0.

Skype and WhatsApp unfortunately do not work in the Service. The prices being high enough to call abroad (around 2 Dhs / mn), take advantage of the reductions granted between 21 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on Friday.


It is easy to connect to the Internet, via wifi, available in most hotels, cafes, at the airport, in a large number of cafes and shopping centers. Many sites are nonetheless censored, especially anything related to sexuality, online gambling, dating services, but also international and national politics.

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