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Banks -- Banks are generally open Saturday to Wednesday 8am to 1:30pm (and some again 4:30-6:30pm), Thursday 8am to noon, and closed Friday and public holidays. There is a large network of local and international banks regulated by the U.A.E. Central Bank, and most have 24-hour ATMs.

Drugstores -- Most pharmacies are open Saturday to Thursday from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 4:30 to 10:30pm, and Friday from 4:30 to 10:30pm. For a list of pharmacies on duty, call the Abu Dhabi Municipality 24-hour hotline (tel. 02-677-7929). The pharmacies at Al Noor Hospital (tel. 02-626-5265, www.alnoorhospital.com) are recommended.

Hospitals -- For medical emergencies, dial tel. 999. In addition to Al Noor, Corniche Hospital (tel. 02-672-4900) is on the Corniche, near the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. You can get additional information on medical care in Abu Dhabi from the Health Authority at: www.haad.ae.

Internet -- Many local hotels, malls, and cafes now offer Wi-Fi for free. Visit www.visitabudhabi.ae for a list of independent Internet cafes.

Police -- For 24-hour police assistance, dial the tel. 999 hotline or 02-446-1461.

Post Offices -- The Abu Dhabi Central Post Office (tel. 02-621-1611) is near the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre and Gold Centre on East Road. It's open Saturday through Thursday from 8am to 10pm, Friday from 5 to 9pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.