Reasons To Visit Abuja
Abuja is the capital of Nigeria home to many excellent attractions, while the city is also where you will find many of Nigeria’s best museums, art galleries and cultural institutions. One of the most stunning works of architecture which dominates the cityscape is the Abuja National Mosque with its golden dome, while another popular area for locals and travelers alike is the Abuja Millennium Park where you will find many events going on throughout the year. If it’s shopping you are after you may want to do as the locals do and stroll through the bustling Wuse Market, while you won’t be disappointed in the many restaurants and bars dotted around the city.
Arriving In Abuja
The primary airport serving Abuja is Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport which is situated around 20 km away from the capital of Nigeria. The airport handles a variety of regional and long-haul flights including direct flights from the UAE. If you are wishing to travel from the UAE to Abuja, you can fly directly out of Dubai. Currently the only airline providing flights on this route is Emirates, the flag carrier of Dubai, with all flights departing out of Dubai International Airport. Read our guide on Emirates baggage allowance information.
At Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport you will only find a small range of amenities and services, so bring any must-have items with you in order to avoid disappointment. If you would rather wait for your flight somewhere more comfortable, there are a few airport lounges on site offering more luxurious surroundings. When you have landed at the airport, you can find official airport taxis available just outside of the terminal building. Be advised that taxis are not fitted with meters, so you are best off agreeing upon a fare with your driver before setting off. Alternatively, you could consider renting a car in Abuja.
Abuja Travel Information
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UAE nationals traveling to Nigeria will need to apply for a visa first before flying out, so make sure you leave plenty of time to do so before your journey. In Abuja the hottest time of year is from November until April which sees average highs of around 35 degrees, while there is a rainy season in the region beginning in May and continuing until September. Remember to put your clocks three hours back to get on local time, while the currency you will need in Nigeria is the Nigerian naira.
* This information is correct as of February 2018
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