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Getting Around in Abu Dhabi

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi covers 30,000 sq miles, or almost 90% of the UAE land area, with the remaining emirates making up only 4,000 sq miles. The bulk of the population is concentrated in eight main towns; the seven emirate capitals and the oasis of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi emirate. A network of good hard-surfaced roads connects these cities. Abu Dhabi is linked with Al Ain and the other emirates by four-lane divided highways. Other highways link the UAE with neighbouring Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

On the whole, the UAE has one of the best highways network in the Middle East, and the network is continually expanding. Parking is limited and people are often forming spaces. The alternative to driving in the city is taking a taxi. Taxis are cheap, abundant and safe, and most of the drivers speak rudiments of English. Rates are established by a meter. Taxi fare to nearly any place within Abu Dhabi is about 5 to 10 dirhams ($1.50 to $2.80). Note that rates double after midnight. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped.

If you do intend to drive, make sure your AC is in perfect working condition as summer temperatures are extremely hot. Light-coloured vehicles (and interiors) absorb less heat than dark ones.

Unleaded gasoline is available in cities throughout the Emirates. However, there is no local requirement for use of a catalytic converter, and unleaded gas may not be available in neighbouring countries.




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