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    Brief overview Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi

    It’s definitely more than Dubai’s little sister. Abu Dhabi has long been coming into its own with spectacular hotels, big bold attractions and a lively nightlife scene. Its Corniche waterfront is a bustling affair day and night, lined by a white sand beach and numerous cafés and bars. Developments on Yas Island are never ending,

    from Ferrari World to a new shopping mall, and the vast Grand Mosque always impresses with its ornate, brilliant-white structure. Nature is close by with the desert’s rolling dunes, the Eastern Mangroves conservation area, championship golf courses and the Arabian Gulf for swimming, sailing and surfing.

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    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    Abu Dhabi
    UAE
    Tel: 02 419 1919
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    Opening times: Sat-Thu 0900-2200, Fri 1630-2300

    82 domes, over 1,000 columns and 24-carat gold gilded chandeliers make this marble-clad mosque quite a sight with daily walk-in tours available.

    Arabian Nights Village

    Arabian Nights Village Rd
    Abu Dhabi
    Unites Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 2 676 9990
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    Opening times: Daily

    This luxury desert resort also offers day safaris which include dune bashing, sand sledding, henna painting, a camel farm visit and dinner with live music.

    Wadi Adventure

    Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
    Abu Dhabi
    UAE
    Tel: 03 781 8422
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    Opening times: Sun-Thurs 1100-2000, Fri-Sat 1000-2000

    An hour away is the region’s first man-made rafting, kayaking and surfing complex at the foot of Jebel Hafeet mountain with the world’s largest surf pool and longest white-water channel.

    Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

    Yas Waterworld, Yas Island
    Abu Dhabi
    UAE
    Tel: 02 414 2000
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    Opening times: Daily (various times; check website for details)

    The UAE’s first mega-waterpark has 43 slides, rides and attractions, including the world’s first water-laser rollercoaster and the longest, fastest tornado water slide.

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    Ferrari World, Yas Island
    Abu Dhabi
    UAE
    Tel: 02 496 8000
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    Opening times: Daily 1100-2000

    Car fanatics and speed junkies alike will find something at Ferrari World, home to classic cars and over 20 rides including Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster.

    Yas Marina Circuit

    Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 2 657 5460
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-2300

    Go behind the scenes on a guided tour of this Formula1 circut and get access to reserved areas or take a test drive in a dream car as driver or passenger.

    Al Ain Camel Market

    Al Niyadat
    Al Ain
    UAE
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    Opening times: Daily 0600-1900

    Head to Al Ain’s famous camel market by Bawadi Mall to see local traders bargaining and discussing the merits of these prized creatures.

    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, Sweihan Road
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 02 575 5155
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    Opening times: Sun-Thu 1000 and 1400

    Book tours in advance for a look around the world’s largest falcon hospital, which includes visiting the wards, falconry museum and a chance to try falconry in the gardens.

    Arabian Wildlife Park

    Insel Sir Bani Yas, Jebel Dhanna
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Opening times: Times vary

    Home to thousands of free-roaming animals including the sand gazelle and Arabian oryx, this reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island also offers wildlife drives, biking and walks. Pre-booking required.

    Emirates National Auto Museum

    South of Abu Dhabi, Hamim Road, Off E11
    Al Gharbia
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 55 749 2155
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    Opening times: Daily 0800-1800

    Car enthusiasts will salivate over the private collection of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan which includes seven Mercedes, each one painted in a colour of the rainbow.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    With its man-made islands, opulent hotels and iconic buildings, the United Arab Emirates has always been a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destination, offering an intriguing blend of Islamic culture and modernity. Explore the country’s luxurious side and be pampered at the reams of five-star abodes and spas, flex your

    credit card with world-class designer shopping, or dine at gourmet restaurants. Alternatively, visit the nation’s less showy attractions including the buzzing Creek with traditional abra boats, and a vista dotted with mosques and markets, or the Falcon Hospital where tours teach visitors how to care for the UAE’s royal birds.

    Geography

    The UAE sits at the top right hand corner of the Arabian Peninsular bordered by Oman in the east and Saudi Arabia in the south. All of the Emirates bar one sit on the on the Persian Gulf opposite Iran, and cover a distance spanning 650 km (404 miles) along the coastline. Fujairah is the only Emirate that sits on the Gulf of Oman. The UAE covers an area of 83,600 sq km (32,300 sq miles), Abu Dhabi covers 87% of the country’s land mass, which has a consistent terrain of mainly desert. This is home to native animals such as gazelles and the Arabian oryx, which was reintegrated into the area 40 years after it was hunted to extinction. Whilst 80% of the land mass is desert, other ecological terrain includes mountain areas and marine coastal areas.

    The highest recorded point in the country is an unnamed peak stretching 1,910m (6266ft) high near the Jabal Bil Ays in Oman (but within the UAE border).

    The lowest point is at the Persian Gulf. The country only has 3.8% forest and woodlands due to the arid conditions. In an oasis is it common to find date palms, acacia and eucalyptus trees. Sand storms are common in the UAE, and this can cause traffic on the roads due to the poor visibility.

    Off the coast of Fujairah the waters are rich in calcium carbonate, and make the ideal breeding ground for coral reefs such as alveopora coral, African pillow coral, brain coral, raspberry-rice coral and more. The marine life in the area is rich due to these diverse coral formations and species in the area include Arabian carpet sharks, areloate groupers, black-finned melon butterfly fish, blacktip reef sharks, parrot fish and even whale sharks, which can be spotted by snorkellers and divers between the months of April and July.

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    Key facts

    Population: 5473972

    Population Density (per sq km): 65

    Capital: Abu Dhabi.

    Language

    Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken and used as a second language in commerce.

    Currency

    UAE Dirham (AED, also written as Dhs) = 100 fils. Notes are in denominations of AED1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of AED1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils (10 and 5 fils coins are rarely used).

    The Dirham is tied to the US Dollar.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are widespread.

    General business opening hours

    The official working week is 0900-1700 Sunday to Thursday, though many government offices have limited hours – most are open between Saturday-Wednesday 0800-1300 and 1500/1600-1800/1900, Thurs 0730-1200. Many offices are closed every afternoon during the month of Ramadan.

    Country information

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 13. January 2014
    Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension): 27. May 2014
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 28. July 2014
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 04. October 2014
    Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year): 25. October 2014
    National Day: 02. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 02. January 2015
    Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension): 16. May 2015
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 18. July 2015
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 23. September 2015
    Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year): 13. October 2015
    National Day: 02. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Abu Dhabi

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    Swanky rooftop terraces, beach clubs, hotel bars and shisha cafés thrive in this city alongside cultural venues.

    Al Maya Island

    Al Maya Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Boats come and go on Fridays to Al Maya Island’s beach party set-up with swim-up bar and DJ set.

    Sea Lounge at Monte Carlo Beach Club

    Saadiyat Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Delicious but pricey food and drinks and weekend DJs in a super-cool, sea-view location.

    Y Bar

    Yas Plaza, Yas Island, Marina Circuit
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Eirates

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    Giant TV screens and great drinks list at the Rotana Hotel’s ‘New York urban-chic’ lounge bar.

    Du Arena

    Yas Leisure Dr.
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    The biggest names in rock and pop perform at this 50,000-capacity outdoor venue.

    Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

    Khaleej Al Arabi Street
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Cirque de Soleil and Royal Moscow Ballet among the names who have performed at this huge venue.

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    Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

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    Foodies will love Abu Dhabi’s restaurant scene with world-renowned

    chefs and independent entrepreneurs adding to its diversity.

    The Observation Deck at 300

    Corniche W St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Expensive

    Book high tea until 6pm for 74th-floor views from the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel.

    Mezlai

    Emirates Palace
    West Corniche Road
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Expensive

    The first dedicated Emirati cuisine restaurant in the UAE.

    Frankie’s Italian Restaurant Bar

    Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel
    Bain Al Jessrain
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Moderate

    Italian-inspired collaboration between horse jockey Frankie Dettori and Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White.

    Finz

    Beach Rotana
    10th Street
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

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    Price: Moderate

    Fresh seafood buffets are the main draw at this beach restaurant overlooking Al Reem Island.

    Lebanese Flower

    Zayed The First St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

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    Price: Budget

    Delicious Lebanese mezze, shawarma and snacks with four venues in Abu Dhabi.

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    Calendar of events

    Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival

    20 – 29 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi.

    Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, held every year in August, is a popular chess festival that attracts some of the world’s top players. The main event is the Master Tournament, but there is also an open tournament for regular folks, as well as a children’s tournament for the under-12s.

    National Day Festival

    2 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Abu Dhabi.

    Commemorates the foundation of the United Arab Emirates and features international sporting events, trade shows, exhibitions and cultural displays.

    Volvo Ocean Race

    2 – 3 January 2015
    Website

    The spectacular Volvo Ocean Race comes to the Middle East for the first time this year and to celebrate the stopover, the Abu Dhabi corniche ‘Destination Village’ will be putting on a fortnight of activities to celebrate the hosting. The site, which is the size of eight football pitches will be the focal point for the UAE capital as it welcomes the procession of yachts, sailors and more than 100,000 fans, with concerts, in-port races, and top-class evening events taking place throughout the city.

    Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

    15 – 18 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

    Welshman Jamie Donaldson will face three of the world’s top 11 players when he defends his Abu Dhabi Golf Championship title. Other players include Rory McIlroy, the world number three; Justin Rose, the reigning US Open champion and world number five; Luke Donald, the world number 11, and Matteo Manassero, the world number 28, all hoping to grab the US$ 2.7million prize fund.

    Abu Dhabi Festival

    1 – 31 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Emirates Palace Auditorium and other venues.

    Sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation this festival is a celebration of music and art and brings together local and international classical and jazz performers to promote cultural awareness.

    Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival

    1 – 31 March 2015

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    Shopping seems to be the national pass time in the UAE, and as such shopping festivals are big business. The Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival, held every year in March, is one of the best. It attracts huge crowds to the city, with shoppers looking to find great bargains and all manner of special offers in the city’s luxurious air-conditioned malls. Gold jewellery, electronic goods, fashion clothes and perfumes are particularly popular.

    UAE Desert Challenge

    1 – 30 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: From Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

    Expert desert drivers from around the globe congregate each year for this annual cross-country rally race, beginning in Abu Dhabi and finishing in Dubai. It’s one of the premier international off-road races in the world. Join in or watch as vehicles spectacularly go throttling over dunes.

    Accession Day

    6 August 2015

    Venue: Various venues in the city.

    Commemorates the accession of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and features lively celebrations, feasting and fireworks.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Abu Dhabi

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    Luxury, big-name hotels dominate Abu Dhabi’s hotel scene but there’s

    room for boutique, and even budget options as well.

    Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa

    Eastern Ring Rd
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Expensive

    Luxury waterfront hotel with marina and spa against a spectacular mangrove backdrop.

    Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri

    Khor Al Maqt
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Expensive

    Arabian-style resort connected by winding waterways with souk, gardens and spa.

    Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

    Sas Al Nakhl
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Expensive

    Resort hotel with 27-hole championship course, Heavenly Spa plus lap and lagoon pools.

    Al Maha Arjaan

    Hamdan Al Najda Street 231
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

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    Category: Moderate

    City centre Rotana hotel with spa, rooftop pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.

    Centro Al Manhal Abu Dhabi

    Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Budget

    City centre hotel with rooftop pool, gym and on-site bar, restaurant and deli.

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    31°C / 18°C

    88°F / 64°F

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    82°F / 75°F

    Climate & best time to visit United Arab Emirates

    The UAE draws sunseekers from all corners of the globe due to the fact that it is blessed with year-round sunshine, blue skies and very little rain. The best time to visit is between October and April, when temperatures hover at a pleasant 25-28°C (77-82°F) and the Gulf is perfect for swimming. The hottest time of year is during the sweltering summer months of June to September, when humidity can seem unbearable and temperatures can skyrocket to 45°C (113°F). The country is well prepared for hot weather, however, with temperature controlled swimming pools and permanently air-conditioned hotels, malls, taxis and metros. Rain and wind can occur in the months of January.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ depositdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan33 °C7 °C23 °C13 °C69 %8 mm0.57.9 h
    Feb34 °C7 °C24 °C14 °C68 %21 mm2.48.2 h
    Mar40 °C10 °C28 °C17 °C63 %13.9 mm3.18.1 h
    Apr44 °C13 °C32 °C20 °C58 %8.2 mm1.19.4 h
    May46 °C16 °C37 °C24 °C56 %1.2 mm0.111.0 h
    Jun47 °C21 °C38 °C26 °C60 %0 mm011.2 h
    Jul48 °C22 °C40 °C29 °C61 %0 mm010.1 h
    Aug46 °C25 °C40 °C29 °C62 %1.3 mm0.19.9 h
    Sep44 °C20 °C39 °C26 °C64 %0 mm010.1 h
    Oct42 °C15 °C35 °C23 °C64 %0 mm09.8 h
    Nov36 °C12 °C30 °C19 °C65 %0.3 mm0.49.6 h
    Dec32 °C9 °C25 °C15 °C68 %5.2 mm1.18.3 h
    year48 °C7 °C33 °C21 °C63 %59.1 mm8.79.5 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +971

    Telephone

    Main area codes: Abu Dhabi 2; Ajman, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain 6; Al-Ain 3; Dubai 4; Fujairah 9; Jebel Ali 4; and Ras al-Khaimah 7. There is a good local telephone network. Telephone calls within each state are free.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is excellent. Tourists can purchase pre-paid mobile SIM cards.

    Internet

    There are numerous internet and Wi-Fi cafés in the UAE but VoIP telephone systems, such as Skype, are officially blocked. Websites deemed culturally or religiously insensitive are also blocked.

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    Shopping in Abu Dhabi

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    Key Areas

    Shopping is generally concentrated in malls, souks and hotels. In the city, head to the World Trade Centre Central Market which has 250 shops selling perfumes, art, clothing and more, and explore Hamdan Street where you can bargain in the shops in and around Hamdan Centre.

    Markets

    The Fish Souk at Mina Zayed near the port makes for a lively morning, and across the road is the colourful Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk. Nearby on Mina Road is Abu Dhabi’s Carpet Souk, great for picking up Arabic majlis-style cushions. For authentic handicrafts, visit Heritage Village (near Marina Mall, Breakwater), the Souk at Central Market and Shangri-La’s Souk Qaryat Al Beri.

    Shopping Centres

    Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiyah, Marina Mall, Al Wahda and the Galleria (Al Falah Street) are some of the main malls. For gold, head to Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre and look out for newly opened Yas Mall, the UAE’s second largest mall with 450 shops.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Though the UAE is fairly modern, it is an Islamic country and women may feel more comfortable when dressed modestly. The UAE is fairly liberal and foreign women can dress as they please, however covering the shoulders and knees is a requirement in public areas like shopping centres and also during periods of religious significance. Men are also expected to dress with respect. Homosexuality and adultery are both illegal and while non-married couples aren’t lawfully permitted to stay together in the same hotel room, it is common practice and rarely enforced.

    Alcohol is tolerated, with non-Muslims allowed to drink alcohol in the cities’ plentiful hotel bars and restaurants (except for Sharjah). Tourists are permitted to bring four litres of alcohol into the country, though under 20s are not allowed to drink alcohol or buy cigarettes.

    It is illegal for everyone to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadan, and on the day or eve of days of national importance, alcohol isn’t sold and bars are shut. As in all Muslim countries, it’s best to keep displays of affection private – kissing or embracing in public is not only considered disrespectful, it could lead to police caution or even arrest. Holding hands is generally fine, but swearing, rude gestures and drink driving are all punishable by imprisonment. Drugs are a strict no-no and could land you in serious trouble. It’s worth checking what medicine and painkillers you bring into the country, as even some common pain medications like codeine are prohibited.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 999

    Food & Drink

    Though the water in the UAE will taste different, it is safe to drink. However, bottle water is so cheap to buy in the emirates that most visitors opt to drink it instead of tap water. A 500ml bottle of water costs between AED1-6, while a one-gallon bottle of water costs approximately AED12. Food standards are high in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, both of which have international cuisine and world-class restaurants. Care should be taken in smaller desert towns, where hygiene restrictions are not enforced as often. Be aware when eating meat, particularly spit cooked shawarma (kebab) meat, that has been sitting in the stifling summer sun for hours.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, measles and diphtheria are sometimes advised when travelling to this region. If you are snorkelling or scuba diving and get a coral cut, it is advisable to disinfect the wound immediately to avoid infection, as the coral contain a high amount of bacteria. If disinfectant is not readily available, a course of antibiotics may be required.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Wolfgang Dr. Johannson
    Head of Dept. Angiology
    Zayed Military Hospital
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel. +971-(0)50-747-0528

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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