Name of country:
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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UTC +4 hours / 7 hours behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.
The climate of the UAE generally is very hot and dry. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 40 °C (104.0 °F) on the coastal plain. In the Al Hajar al Gharbi Mountains, temperatures are considerably cooler, a result of increased altitude. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C (50.0 and 57.2 °F). During the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as the sharqi makes the coastal region especially unpleasant. The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is fewer than 120 mm (4.7 in), but in some mountainous areas annual rainfall often reaches 350 mm (13.8 in). Rain in the coastal region falls in short, torrential bursts during the summer months, sometimes resulting in floods in ordinarily dry wadi beds. The region is prone to occasional, violent dust storm, which can severely reduce visibility. The Jebel Jais mountain cluster in Ras al Khaimah has experienced snow only twice since records began.
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Flight times from Australia:
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 13 hours 30 minutes direct.
Tipping can be a bit of a minefield, and because Abu Dhabi’s residents hail from all over the world their expectations of what is appropriate vary massively. The first thing you need to know is that when you’re eating out in hotels, 10 per cent service charge is generally added to your bill, plus an additional six per cent tourism fee. Some venues claim the service charge is divided between staff, and, while this may be true most of the time, you can sometimes assume your waiter or waitress won’t see any of it. Although these charges can put a bit of a sting on your bill and put you off adding any extra, if you’ve had particularly attentive service and want to reward the staff, you will have to cough up again. We don’t want to lay a guilt trip on you, but it’s worth remembering at this point that some workers in the service industry here are paid pittance for working long hours, so if you can afford it and were pleased with the service, by all means dig deep. Around 10 per cent is the norm.
Internet and communication:
Internet cafés are fairly common in the larger cities, and web censorship is at times odd but rarely obtrusive. Users should be well aware of the fact that any website that contains the Israeli domain .il is blocked. Not much information is known of how to bypass this blocking for people who need to visit Israeli websites. Instant messaging and voice-over-IP services like Skype sometimes work. The government owned telecommunications operator blocks access to these services to varying degrees. The blocking does not always stop calls and may vary depending on the network used. It also appears to be able to block Skypeout calls whilst allowing Skype-Skype calls. Even if the services are not blocked, connection speed can be an issue.
Most people use a VPN Service to bypass local.
Al Ain is served by a number of modern hospitals and care centers: Tawam Hospital, now managed by Johns Hopkins, and host to the UAE University Faculty of Medicine and Health Science; Al Ain Hospital (also called Al Jimi Hospital as it is in the district of Al Jimi), now managed by the Vienna Medical University; and the private Oasis Hospital, previously known as Kennedy Hospital, which was founded and run by Christian missionaries, and which was the first hospital in the city.
The country is free of malaria and prophylaxis is not needed.
The water is safe to drink in the UAE, although most people prefer bottled water for its taste. The food is clean and in most restaurants is served to Western standards, particularly in tourist areas; however, hygeine can be an issue in some establishments outside, particularly roadside stalls. That said, food poisoning does happen, so use your common sense!