Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that compose the United Arab Emirates and is located in the oil-rich and strategic Persian Gulf region. It adjoins the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman. Abu Dhabi city is on an island located less than a quarter-kilometer from the mainland and is joined to the mainland by the Maqta and Musaffah Bridges.

Things to see and do

* Petroleum Exhibition
* Heritage Village
* The old souk (market)
* Al Hisn Fort
* Sheikh Zayed's palace

Cruise Season - Oct - April
Currency - UAE Dirham (Dh)
Language - Arabic
Land Area - 60 km²
Population - 1,850,230
Electricity - 2 pin Round pins European style or 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time - GMT plus four hours
International Country Telephone Code - +971

Port Location -

Transport Links - Abu Dhabi International Airport- (AUH) serves this city. Private vehicles and taxis are the primary means of transportation in the city, although public buses, are available.There are bus routes to nearby towns such as Baniyas, Habashan and the garden city of UAE Al Ain, among others. There is a newer service started in 2005 between Abu Dhabi and the commercial city of Dubai (about 160 km away).

Abu Dhabi does not currently have a usable system of public transportation, but it is almost unnecessary, as taxis are very cheap- about $1.50, US will get you from one end of the city to another and rental cars are very reasonable.