Reasons To Visit Luanda
Luanda, the capital of Angola, is home to many fascinating cultural and historical attractions while it can also be a lively place with its many bars, sports teams and lively restaurants. The city is full of interesting historical and cultural sites whether it’s historic ruins or a fascinating museum, with top attractions like the Augostinho Neto Mausoleum and the National Museum of Slavery worth a visit. If you fancy enjoying a meal with friends in the evening, head down to The Marginal area which is where you will find all of the best restaurants and cafés, while the city is also home to an excellent range of bars to enjoy in the evening.
Arriving In Luanda
Quatro de Fevereiro Airport is the primary airport serving Luanda and also the main international airport in Angola situated just 10 km from the capital. If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Luanda, you will be able to make the journey directly from Dubai. The sole airline providing flights on this route is Emirates, with all flights departing from Dubai International Airport, not to be confused with Al Maktoum International Airport.
Read our guide to the Emirates baggage allowance.
At Quatro de Fevereiro Airport you will find only a small range of amenities and facilities, but everything you would need is available. Duty-free shopping is available at the airport to pick up some cheap goods, while there is also a restaurant and bar on site where you can enjoy a quick meal or a drink. Alternatively, you may choose to wait for your flight in the luxury and exclusivity of the airport lounge instead. Getting from the airport into the city is possible by public bus if you are on a budget, although you may prefer the convenience and privacy of a taxi instead. Alternatively, you could consider renting a car in Luanda.
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UAE nationals, along with most other nationals around the world, will need to make a visa application in order to enter Angola, so make sure you do this with plenty of time to spare before you catch your flight. In Luanda it is hot for most of the year with average highs of around 28-30 degrees from November until May, while the weather gets a little bit cooler and rainfall is minimal from June until September. You will need to put your clocks back by three hours when you arrive in Angola to get on local time. The currency utilized in the country is the Angolan kwanza - be advised that it is forbidden to take this currency outside of the country, so be sure to spend everything you have left before you fly back.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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