Preparing for Abu Dhabi

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Date: March 31, 2016
Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi and wondering how to prepare and pack for your trip? We have scoured the web and traveller reviews to make your preparations for Abu Dhabi as smooth and seamless as possible. Here are Thompsons Holidays' top tips to prep for your Abu Dhabi trip...

Yes, you need a visa...
For South Africans, number one on your list of To Dos is to apply for your UAE tourist visa. This can be done quite easily online and costs $96 for a 30-day tourist visa. Just remember your passport needs to be valid for at least six months and you need to upload a copy of your e-ticket, passport and an ID photo, as well as complete the quick online form. To see exactly what is required to apply for your visa click here.
Yas Hotel at night

What to pack?
If you've never visited Abu Dhabi before, your perception of what to wear will probably range from full cover-up to 'Sex and the City 2' bare all. The good news is that it's somewhere in between. Not only can Abu Dhabi be quite warm during the summer months – May to October, as a Muslim destination there are certain attractions that do indeed require a certain level of modesty. 
Shopping in Abu Dhabi

Clothing should be loose fitting and preferably cover your shoulders and legs. Try to stay away from tight fitting or revealing clothing as this might attract some unwanted attention. Also bring a light jacket or sweater to keep you warm in air-conditioned buildings – they tend to be quite chilly inside. And if you're visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for instance you will be required to cover up. 
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi at night

Important accessories to remember include sunglasses and a hat to protect your face and eyes from the bright sun. Ladies, you may also find it useful to pack a cotton scarf to cover your shoulders or your hair in certain places. Also You may be more comfortable in a pair of sandals than in closed shoes. And need we say it, sunblock is very important. 
Other than that you can easily find the toiletries and medical supplies you may need in Abu Dhabi plus there are several malls including Yas Mall and Marina Mall where you will find supermarkets and pharmacies dispensing anything you'll need.