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Lonely Planet Dubai & Abu Dhabi (Travel Guide) Paperback – October 1, 2015
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To make matters worse, the many of the entries related to Abu Dhabi are intermixed with those for Dubai. If you look at one of the many "Best for..." lists you are on your own figuring out which city an entry applies to. In many topics the book doesn't even pretend to address Abu Dhabi, "Most the hotels in Dubai have gyms ..." It is probably safe to assume those in Abu Dhabi do to, but you wouldn't know it from the book.
If traveling to Abu Dhabi I instead recommend this:
The Grapeshisha guide may not have the glitz of Lonely Planet, and it is in heavy need of a good editor, but its content is much more bountiful and complete.
This book also doesn't provide any good tips or strategies for transportation. There are a variety of transportation options in Dubai, ranging from "yellow cab" taxis, higher end "black cars", Uber, and light rail, and I would have liked to see those discussed in detail in this book.
Other information about the accessibility of wireless hotspots and availability of cell service would have been helpful as well.
Overall this book was helpful for my trip to Dubai, but the areas where it was lacking information forced me to do a lot of my own research.
Also, the book is only in color print for the first a dozen pages, then it's all black and white. For those that wants more pretty photos of the attractions (for to know which ones you'd like to go to) maybe this is not the book for you.
The book isn't that easy to navigate, probably because it doesn't want to sound biased on how it recommends places to go, but for a place like Dubai, you know you want to visit the Burj Al-Arab Hotel and Burj Khalifa, but the information in this book is not as descriptive as I imagined it would be.
It would be a great book if you're doing an intensive, 3 week backpack to Dubai since it has all the directories you need. But who stays in Dubai for that long? If you're looking for a crash course of what to do, where to go in Dubai, maybe this book is a bit too much for you.
The fold out maps are pretty good but not very durable. They could also have a bit more detail on them.
Overall this was exactly what I was looking for. Perfect size to toss in a purse or small bag.
I also recommend a Yellow Boat tour which was not in the book. Get tickets to the Burj Khalifa in advance and get there an hour early .. we had 5.30 tickets and got to the top at 6.25.