FAQs for SALT Abu Dhabi

 
 

ABOUT ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. It is also the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. Abu Dhabi city is situated on an island off the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. As of 2019, Abu Dhabi’s urban area has an estimated population of 1.45 million people.

Abu Dhabi houses local and federal government offices, is the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government, the Supreme Oil Council, home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE. Abu Dhabi's rapid development and urbanization, coupled with the massive oil and gas reserves and production, relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. The city serves as both the country's center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial center. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy.

English is widely used in the UAE, and signs for roads, shops, restaurants, and most businesses are in both Arabic and English.

TRAVELING TO ABU DHABI

Please visit the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates to determine what documentation you will need. Depending on your nationality, a valid passport or I.D. card is necessary for entry into Abu Dhabi. Some nationalities may also require a visa. Passports should be valid for the duration of your stay.

SALT has also secured discounted rates for flights to Abu Dhabi courtesy of our travel partner Etihad Airways, accessible here.

STAYING IN ABU DHABI

SALT has worked with Emirates Palace, as well as neighboring properties, to secure discounted rates for delegates of SALT Abu Dhabi. Current offerings are listed here by distance from Emirates Palace. All rates are displayed in United Arab Emirates Dirham.

VENUE

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates and only 40 minutes from the airport, Emirates Palace is grand in both its design and myriad of offerings. From a 1.3 km pristine beach, landscaped pools and a private marina overlooking a natural bay, Emirates Palace is perfect for a once-in-a lifetime holiday or for events and meetings that make a statement, with some of the city’s largest hotel conference centres and the latest technology.

All content sessions and evening entertainment for SALT Abu Dhabi will take place at Emirates Palace from approximately 7:30am - 10:30pm.

Dress for SALT Abu Dhabi is business.

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Dress Code: The dress code for SALT Abu Dhabi is business. Outside of Emirates Palace, it is customary to wear modest attire. In general, women should wear clothing that covers the top of the arm as well as leg (including knees).

Prescriptions: Abu Dhabi has strict guidelines on which medications are permitted into the country, both prescription and over-the-counter. Luggage is inspected upon arrival at the airport. Please visit the UAE Embassy website for additional information prior to your travel date. General guidelines are accessible here. A specific list of controlled and restricted substances can be downloaded here.

Climate: Between November and March a moderate, warm climate prevails during the day at an average temperature of 79°F/26°C, with cooler evening temperatures averaging 59°F/15°C.

Currency: Abu Dhabi official currency is the UAE Dirham (AED or Dhs). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours are generally Saturday to Thursday, 08:00 - 13:00.

Electrical Current: The electrical current in Abu Dhabi is 240 volts and a plug or adapter with UK pattern are required.

Vaccinations: There are no vaccinations required to visit Abu Dhabi.

Tipping: Tipping is not expected in the Arab countries, a service charge is added within the bills of restaurants and hotels. At the airport, luggage porters do expect a tip depending upon the number of bags.