About Abu Dhabi

Join the greatest minds in FinTech Abu Dhabi and discover innovative solutions for your business

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE HOST CITY

Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the dynamic capital city of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of its seven emirates.

In just a few generations, Abu Dhabi has transformed itself from a desert landscape into a thriving business hub surrounded by world-class architecture and lush residential communities. It has a highly diverse population comprising international residents from 120 countries.

Home to an extensive pool of talented and skilled professionals, Abu Dhabi is a progressive and modern city, at the forefront of global green initiatives and planning for the next generation’s transformation. Out of 156 countries ranked, the UAE is 17 in the World Happiness Report, and ranked the first among the Arab countries.

For those looking to engage with the rich Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE history through museums, exhibitions, tours and much more.

Locals and international residents enjoy international shopping malls, michelin-style restaurants, modern sports facilities, and a variety of waterfront lifestyle and activities. Abu Dhabi also offers breath-taking and serene beaches to family-oriented parks for abundance of enjoyment and relaxation. English is widely used in the UAE, and signs for roads, shops, restaurants, and most businesses are available in both Arabic and English.

In addition to a progressive agenda in healthcare, economic and environmental sustainability, arts and educational and human development, Abu Dhabi aims to strengthen its position in global wealth management and international finance services with the establishment of Abu Dhabi Global Market, as the designated international financial centre and its first financial free zone.

Abu Dhabi aims to transform the country into a diversified, knowledge-based economy and conducive ecosystem, that is well sustained by an innovative and forward-thinking population.

Time zone:

UTC+04:00

Currency:

United Arab Emirate Dirhams (AED)

Weather:

Predicted temperatures for the FinTech AD weekend are Min 24ºC / Max 34ºC

Important Numbers:

  • 999 Police & Emergencies
  • 998 Ambulance
  • 997 Fire

Airport:

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Transport:

Taxis function on a taximeter and are easily found around the city. They offer a safe and reliable option. You could also opt to use our transport partner Careem, a transport app (much like Uber – which is not available in Abu Dhabi), that you can register with a phone number and e-mail. You can download the app from the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store.

What to pack for the Summit

The conference has a dress code of Business Casual. The weather is quite warm and the AC can be quite strong indoors. We recommend packing light clothes that will be comfortable through-out an active day.

Respectful clothing is advised taking into account the UAE is a Muslim country. Shirts covering the shoulders and skirts/shorts no higher than five centimeters above the knee are good options. There is no need to cover up unless visiting a Mosque is on your itinerary.

ABU DHABI IN ONE DAY

What to see/visit

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of the most visited tourist attraction of the city, this architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over 1.000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet.

Opening hours:
Saturday to Thursday 9am – 10pm
Fridays 4:30pm – 10pm

Dress code:
No fitted clothes. Women must cover legs, arms and hair. You can bring your own scarf or borrow one from the Mosque itself.

Address:
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street 5th St – Abu Dhabi
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Wahat Al Karama

Wahat Al Karama is a permanent tribute to UAE’s brave soldiers and other Emiratis who made the ultimate
sacrifice while serving the Nation.

Opening hours:
Daily from 9am – 10pm

Address:
3rd St, Khor Al Maqta – Abu Dhabi
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Warehouse 421

Launched in 2015, the Warehouse 421 is a cultural space that encourages artistic expressions, and supports the perceptive processes, in order to reinforce the UAE’;s creative community.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 8pm

Address:
Mina Zayed – Abu Dhabi
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Gold Souk

This mall has over 400 shops selling just about everything and some traditional souk traders. The Madinat Zayed
Gold Centre, next to the main mall, sells the finest gold, diamond and pearl jewelry.

Opening hours:
Daily from 9am – 10pm, except Fridays (4pm-10pm)

Address:
Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre
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The Dining Collection

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is a luxury shopping and dining destination in Abu Dhabi with over 130 options.

Opening hours:
Saturdays to Wednesdays 10am – 10pm
Thursday from 10am – 12am
Fridays from 12pm – 12am

Address:
Al Falah St – Abu Dhabi
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Saadiyat Beach Club

Welcome to Saadiyat Beach Club. Nestled away on the island of Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, the club celebrates health and wellness in natural surroundings and beautiful facilities. Winner of the 2015 Ultra Travel Middle East Award for Best Beach Club in the UAE.

Opening hours:
Sundays to Saturdays 8am – 11pm

Address:
Exit 14,Saadiyat Island – Abu Dhabi
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Eating Out in Abu Dhabi

ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island : Since launching in London in 2012, COYA has become one of the world’s most celebrated global Restaurant, Pisco lounge which is known for its unique Pisco Library, Members’ Club and an art showcase space as well as COYA has become famous for its continuous parties.

The Collection Abu Dhabi: At KOI Abu Dhabi, imaginative dishes are inspired by traditional Japanese preparations, then deconstructed and infused with modern California accents. Modern palates will truly be inspired by KOI’s Japanese fusion and traditional dishes.

Anantara Abu Dhabi: BOA Steakhouse artfully combines a bold, colourful environment with modern-day steakhouse fare. Steaks and chops include a selection of prime mid-western Texas and Kansas beef, such as the “40 Day” Dry Aged New York Strip and the “Bone In” Rib Eye, as well as Certified Organic Beef and Premium American Wagyu, all served with a choice of rubs and house made sauces, including BOA’s own J-1 sauce.

Emirates Palace: A world renowned restaurant providing exquisite Chinese cuisine with a modern
twist, set in a glamorous backdrop of opulent design.

ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island: Zuma Abu Dhabi is located Al Maryah Island, between the Rosewood
Hotel and the Galleria. This follows the Japanese izakaya style of dining, food is served to share with a
sophisticated twist.