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Old 04-25-2006, 01:42 PM
FlyGirl02 FlyGirl02 is offline
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Default Does anyone have any information about Abu Dhabi?

I have a trip to Abu Dhabi this weekend. Does anyone know a good caterer, hotel? Does anyone know if women have to where veils? If so does anyone know where I might find one?
Old 04-25-2006, 04:46 PM
corp av corp av is offline
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Default Adu Dhabi

You've probably researched this already, however a good place to start acquiring information is on the website:

It states: conservative Western street clothing (except for shorts) is appropriate in most areas. In more traditional societies, however, attire for women should be more conservative, garments should have sleeves, and dress length should be below the knee.

UAE customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from the UAE of items such as pornographic materials, medications, religious materials and communication equipment. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of the UAE in Washington for specific information regarding customs requirements.

There are strict penalties for persons involved in traffic accidents while under the influence of alcohol, including lashings for Muslims.

Other info I found: tipping is not expected, but is common practice. Gratuities to staff at hotels are at your discretion. Most restaurants add service charges to the bill -Abu Dhabi 16 per cent. If this charge is not included, add 10 per cent of the total to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.

Ask permission before photographing people in general. Avoid photographing Muslim women and do not photograph airports, docks, telecommunications equipment, government buildings, military and industrial installations.

Water is usually produced by desalination so it is normally safe to drink, nevertheless you may prefer the taste of bottled water. In any case it is advisable to drink plenty of water in the heat so carry a bottle with you at all times.

The highs are in the 90s right now - lows around 75- 80.
There are amazing 4 and 5 star hotels to be found.
Old 04-25-2006, 07:08 PM
Flight Star Flight Star is offline
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Default Abu Dhabi

I have been there many times... It is wonderful. Make sure you wear a long skirt or slacks. Long sleeves. Only drink bottled water even though the water is safe. You do not need to cover your head, the UAE is very Western. But do not be obvious. When you open the door on the plane make sure you have on slacks and long sleeves. While it isn't required you will gain more respect from the handlers. Shukran is thank you in Arabic. Nam is yes and La'a is no.

PM me is you want more detailed info. I lived in the UAE and in Jordan.
Old 04-25-2006, 09:43 PM
jetfoody jetfoody is offline
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Default The Arab States and Countries in general

Hope you all are well.
Corp and Star have very good points about the culture, et al. Be polite, and respective as it goes a long way.
I lived and worked all over the Mid- East for 7 years. An old fart!

CATERING, that's my subject.
Although it has been a while since I worked in these places, I can assure you that any country in the Mid East that has a Ruler/King (maybe not Iraq or Iran , or Lebanon, right now) have Royal VVIP catering.

Ask for this upon landing, better yet, call your handler ahead and have them fax a menu, go over it with your pax while in transit, b4 landing and have your order ready to give to handler's when you land, ask for the local phone number of the kitchen, so that you can go over the order personally with the chef.

Chefs are the best and from all over the world, but keep it simple still. I have seen catering that Martha probably copied, from Royal Flight catering depts. years ago. I can't imagine that it has changed that much.
Any hotel you stay in, will be fab! You can get your catering from them, but you need to go over the menu with the head chef, bring your gear, WORK, actually.
If you get the chance, and have enough time, go to the gold souks, cheaper than anywhere else in the world, and quite dazzling to see.
The food vendors on the street are cheap and great for a nosh while taking in the sites, I never got sick, and the food is great, really miss it! It might be different now, I don't know. Just telling you how it was when I was there.
Have a great trip!! I wish I were in your shoes!

Fly safe and be well.
Drink lots of water and take your vitamins :mozilla_cool:
Old 04-25-2006, 11:45 PM
FlyGirl02 FlyGirl02 is offline
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Thanks so much for all the helpful information, I greatly appreciate it. :mozilla_cool:
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