As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is more traditional than nearby Dubai, and also much more compact. Unlike the sprawling nature of Dubai, Abu Dhabi has one discreet downtown area along the water, and most of the best shopping and attractions are in or near the area.
If you can only visit one it might be better to choose Dubai, but if you have time for both you might be one of many visitors who prefers Abu Dhabi.
|Airports||Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)|
|Budget breakfast||Look for Indian, Chinese, or kebab shops for cheap meals around the clock.||$3.81 - $5.99|
|Budget lunch||Same advice as for breakfast, although there are also fast food chains at the malls that are budget friendly as well.||$6.27 - $9.54|
|Budget dinner||Assuming a sit-down dinner, for best value you have to avoid hotel restaurants and follow locals. Lebanese places are great value.||$9.54 - $16.35|
|Pint of beer in a bar||Alcohol is only served at bars that are attached to hotels, and nothing is ever cheap.||$7.63 - $12.26|
|Month||High F||Low F||Precipitations(INCH)|
|86.65 - 116.62|
|62.94 - 125.61|
|58.04 - 141.96|
|110.63 - 172.75|
|Taxi from airport to city center||20.44 - 24.52|
|Public bus from airport to city center||1.09|
|3km taxi ride in Abu Dhabi||1.91 - 3.00|
|Public bus ride in Abu Dhabi||0.54|