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Welcome To Abu Dhabi

Welcome to Abu Dhabi, where ultra-modern architecture and a booming economy merge with centuries of Arab tradition and hospitality. Offering vibrant entertainment, designer shopping, world-class cuisine, pristine beaches and year-round sunny weather.

The InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel is located on the city’s only hill, with stunning views of the city and Arabian Gulf. Shopping malls, businesses and the famous waterfront promenade of the Corniche are all a short walk, drive or shuttle ride away.

LOCAL ESSENTIALS

LOCAL
RECOMMENDATIONS

THE PERFECT DAY

MORNING

There’s nothing like a good breakfast. Shakespeare café, at their Souk Central Market branch, offers generous, fresh and satisfying bites. Eating outdoors is particularly recommended. There are four options to start your day: American, English, Healthy or Lebanese. After your breakfast, stroll in the Souk Central or cross to the World Trade Centre. A complimentary shuttle from World Trade Centre can bring you and your shopping bags back in time for lunch.

AFTERNOON

The must-see attraction in Abu Dhabi is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a modern marvel of Islamic architecture and less than 20 minutes from the hotel. The Falcon Hospital makes for another fascinating insight into Emirati culture. Take a short taxi ride to Heritage Village to learn about the local pearl fishermen and Bedouin tribes who once lived here. To experience contemporary culture in Abu Dhabi, pay a visit to Manarat al Saadiyat visitor centre, which hosts exhibitions and theatre.

EVENING

Many guests want to explore the desert near Abu Dhabi, so we recommend an evening safari. You can enjoy a traditional Arabian dinner out on the ancient sands, and watch the sun set behind the dunes. When you return, a trip across the Gulf on a traditional dhow sailing vessel lets you appreciate the bright lights of the modern skyscrapers from a different angle. Round off the evening with a meal in one of the InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel’s buzzing restaurants and perhaps a shisha pipe at Byblos Sur Mer.

INSIDER TIPS

LOCAL CULTURE

ALCOHOL

Alcohol is allowed in certain licensed outlets in Abu Dhabi, including in the InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel’s restaurants and lounges. However, drinking in public areas is prohibited.


CULTURE

The United Arab Emirates is more conservative than Western countries. Public displays of affection, for example, are frowned upon. No matter how beguiling or unusually attired, avoid staring at or making eye contact with local women. Our concierge is happy to advise you on other aspects of Emirati culture.


CLOTHING

As a symbol of pride in the culture and national identity, most locals in Abu Dhabi wear a traditional national dress. For men this is a khandura, a full-length shirt dress that is worn with a white or red checked gutra (head dress) held in place with a black agal (cord). Women wear an abaya, a long, loose black robe, plus a sheyla (headscarf). Out of respect for the local culture, please dress modestly when visiting Abu Dhabi.


LOCAL PEOPLE

No matter how beguiling or unusually attired, try to avoid staring at or making eye contact with local women. It is considered very disrespectful.


DID YOU KNOW ?

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is situated in an archipelago of over 200 other islands.


Yas Island

Yas Island is a manmade leisure, retail and entertainment complex built on reclaimed land in the Arabian Gulf. The onsite Formula One circuit hosts the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but also serves as an open-air community fitness centre – you can walk, run or cycle around the track.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Less than 20 minutes from the hotel, the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates can hold up to 40,000 worshippers. Among other impressive architectural and design features, it boasts the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and one of the world’s biggest chandeliers.


The Corniche

The Corniche, a short stroll or 5-minute taxi ride from the hotel, is one of Abu Dhabi’s top free attractions. It's a great place to jog or walk, taking in views of the city skyline as well as the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf.


Desert adventures in Abu Dhabi

As well as an evening safari, you can enjoy the desert with dune bashing, sand skiing and of course camel riding excursions. The concierge can help you choose the perfect desert experience.


WHAT TO PACK

Light clothing

The weather in Abu Dhabi is at its coolest between November and April, but can reach over 40 degrees Celsius in summer. Wear light, modest clothing, but bring a warm sweater for the cooler months and air-conditioned interiors. It is nearly always sunny in Abu Dhabi, also pack a hat, sunglasses and sun cream.


Local currency

The currency in Abu Dhabi is the Emirate Dirham. There are plenty of ATMs where you can withdraw cash.


Sun protection

It is nearly always sunny in Abu Dhabi, so sun protection is advised whatever time of year you visit. Pack a hat, sunglasses and some sun cream.


InterContinental Abu Dhabi

  • King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz
  • Abu Dhabi
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Front Desk +971-2-6666888

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Languages spoken by staff

Arabic, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Russian, Tagalog, Chinese

Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed on the premises of the hotel.
  • Local Time

    2:35 AM
    • CHECK-IN

      2:00 PM
    • CHECK-OUT

      12:00 PM Late Check out Available
    • Evening Reception Desk Open

    Currency

    • UAE Dirham د.إ.‏ (AED)

    Accessibility

    • 4 Room(s) with Accessibility Standards
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