EAGE Workshop on 4D Seismic and Reservoir Monitoring
About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates and largest of the seven Emirates.
The pulsating city lies on a T-shaped island with its futuristic skyscrapers rising from the desert coast of the Gulf.
Among the modern island city there are remains of an older and more cultural society. Abu Dhabi comprises of international luxurious hotels, shopping malls, extensive entertainment and leisure facilities, along beautiful green streets and parks as well as some surprising additions: the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (one of the world’s largest), the Zayed National Museum, and in another style, Ferrari World on Yas Island.
LOCATION: Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
LOCAL TIME: GMT +4 hours.
LANGUAGE: The official language of the UAE is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood.
CURRENCY: The monetary unit is the UAE dirham (AED). The exchange rate is US$1 = AED 3,67.
CLIMATE: Sunny, blue skies can be expected throughout the year although June to September is hot and humid with temperatures averaging above 40C.
The weather is pleasant in November and evenings might necessitate the use of a sweater.
Air-conditioning is present in all vehicles and buildings.
CLOTHING: Lightweight summer clothing in cottons or blends is ideal for the majority of the year. A sweater, light jacket or shawl may be needed for cooler evenings.
The dress code in Abu Dhabi is very relaxed. However, extremely revealing and inappropriate clothing may be considered offensive.
BUSINESS HOURS: The official weekend is Friday, although government offices are closed on Friday and Saturday. Most shops and malls open by 10am and close around 10pm everyday.
Banks, embassies and consulates are open from 8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday to Thursday.
ELECTRICITY: The electrical system is based on 220/240 volts AC. US-made appliances may require an adapter.
IMMIGRATION and VISAS: Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay.
EAGE does not manage visa for participants, no exceptions. Please check with your travel agent or the UAE Embassy in your country on regulations relating to immigration and visas before your departure or check Abu Dhabi eGovernment Gateway.
It is the participants' responsibility making sure they have the correct documents when entering the country.