|Posted on December 28, 2016 at 1:15 PM|
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - Tomas Berdych meets fans and signs autograph ahead of his tomorrow's match against Rafael Nadal at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a high-profile exhibition to be played 29-31 December 2016.
About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates or UAE, which are located on the South-Eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar. Abu Dhabi comprises about 80% of the UAE’s land mass & is roughly the size of the U.S. State of Florida.
Arabic is the official national language but English is widely spoken. Islam is the official religion of the UAE & the Islamic holy day of rest is Friday, as opposed to Sunday in many other religions.
The climate in Abu Dhabi ranges from very hot to mild. In late October / early November, expect temperatures to be around 21 degrees Centigrade. (74 Deg Fahrenheit)
The UAE is four hours ahead of GMT. The telephone country code for UAE is 971. There is widespread availability of cell phone reception and internet / wifi. Electricity is 220/240 volts and square, 3-pin sockets are standard.
The local currency is the dirham (AED or Dhs) and is divided into 100 fils. $1= Dhs 3.67
Most shops are open from 10am – 10pm, Saturday - Wednesday, and often until midnight on Thursday & Friday. Some close from 1pm – 5pm & most only open after 2pm on Friday.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is located 16 miles from the city center & just 15 mins from the Yas Marina Circuit. Dubai International Airport is roughly 1.5 hrs from Abu Dhabi. Over 100 major airlines fly into both airports including the national airlines Etihad and Emirates.
Accommodation in Abu Dhabi ranges from seven-star hotels and beach resorts to affordable international hotel chains. Non-Muslims may drink alcohol in all major UAE hotels and licensed restaurants. The tap water is safe to drink but bottled water is readily available.