Abu Dhabi Basic Information

Due to the Islamic holy day of Friday, Abu Dhabi observes the Muslim weekend of Friday and Saturday meaning Sunday is a work day in the region! For more need-to-know info about Abu Dhabi, read on.

Visa Requirements

Australians going to or through the United Arab Emirates on holiday are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate-General of the United Arab Emirates.


The currency of Abu Dhabi is the UAE Dirham. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and UAE Dirham fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.


Emirati food traditionally consists of meat, seafood and rice with various influences from other Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. One of the best places to try the local cuisine in Abu Dhabi is at Mezlai at Emirates Palace where you can sample lamb madfoon and biryani in sumptuous surrounds. Reflecting its multicultural and expat population, there's a huge range of international cuisines on offer from Korean to Brazilian, and from celeb chef eateries (Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill) to shawarma on the street. Locals love to dine alfresco to take advantage of both the great weather and the views, while almost everywhere does delivery.


The legal age to drink in Abu Dhabi is 21 with alcohol served only in hotels. Euro-style bottle service at clubs is popular, and while some nights don't kick off until after midnight, you can party in Abu Dhabi every day of the week. As the nightlife centres around hotel bars, clubs and restaurants, there's no one area to go to. Dance on the beach at Turquoiz on Saadiyat Island or at the rooftop bar of the ultra-glam Skylite on Yas Island. The Yacht Club at Al Bateen is one of the hottest spots in town and overlooks the marina, while the Tourist Club Area has a range of bars and pubs.