Abu Dhabi Travel Information

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Abu Dhabi Scene Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (after Dubai). It's located in the Persian Gulf, South West of Dubai. The UAE is made up of seven emirates, almost all overlooking the Persian Gulf (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain) and one overlooking the Gulf of Oman (Fujairah). The biggest emirate, which also includes the capital, is Abu Dhabi, even though the most famous one is Dubai because of its futuristic buildings and modern tourist resorts. Keep in mind that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country and while visitors are not expected to follow religious dress codes, they should nonetheless dress with respect for local customs. Skirts and trousers should be knee-length or longer, and women should avoid tight-fitting clothes. Cleavage, midriff and upper arms should be covered. Shorts are only allowed on the beach and while bikinis are permitted, topless sunbathing is prohibited. During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, eating and drinking in public is strictly forbidden. However, most hotels and clubs will serve food and beverages to foreigners. Over Ramadan, visitors should consider dressing extra conservatively outdoors.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi: Yas Waterworld • Louvre, Abu Dhabi • Yas Marina • Ferrari World, Yas Island • Yas Beach • Saadiyat Island • Capital Gate

Highly rated hotels in Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi EDITION • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana • The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr • Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island • Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas • InterContinental Abu Dhabi • Al Raha Beach Hotel • The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal • Jumeirah at Etihad Towers • Emirates Palace • Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas • Zaya Nurai Island • Al Seef Resort & Spa By Andalus • Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi • Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort • Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi • Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel • Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche • Rosewood Abu Dhabi • Royal M Hotel and Resort • W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island • Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island • Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi • Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

United Arab Emirates's electricity is 230V 50Hz and uses plug types D & G
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Great Circle Distance between Heathrow and Abu Dhabi International Airport is 3,427 miles, with a flight time of approx 7.5 hrs. Abu Dhabi's IATA airport code is AUH.
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Climate: The United Arab Emirates has a desert climate, characterized by pleasantly mild winters and very hot, sunny summers. But it's the humidity of the Persian Gulf that makes the heat unbearable. The rains are rare, but they occur in the form of showers or downpours, which can sometimes be intense. Most of these occur between December and March. In Abu Dhabi, the daily average temperature ranges from 18°C in January to around 35°C in August. The sun in the Emirates shines all year round, however, cloud banks may sometimes pass over the country, both in winter and in summer. The sea in the Emirates is warm enough for swimming all year round. Sea Temperature in winter is around 23°C but in summer it can exceed 30°C.

Covid-19 Data for United Arab Emirates

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BA Tier Points Earned

Route 1LON‑DOH
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Economy205 2550
WTP205 2550
Business14040 180360
First21060 270540
Route 2LON‑BAH
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Economy20 2040
WTP90 90180
Business140 140280
First210 210420

Economy Tier Points shown are based on fully flexible fares. 'Low' Economy earns 50% of the shown amount. 'Lowest' Economy fares earn 25% of shown amount.

When journey is booked in World Traveler Plus or First and those cabins don't exist on particular legs, the next cabin down will be used on those legs for points collection.

When booking with BA, tier points can be earned on the following Oneworld Oneworld Alliance ® airlines:
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Avios Required (per leg) for BA Redemption Flight from London to Abu Dhabi, (Zone 5, 3,001-4,000 miles)

Cabin Off Peak TravelPeak Travel
World Traveller Plus26,00040,000

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