International assignments are an exciting and challenging adventure for locum tenens doctors. It can take some time to adjust to a new language and the cultural behaviors in a country like the United Arab Emirates halfway around the world.
Similarly, learning to navigate a new city while juggling the logistics of transportation and interpreting unfamiliar roads and signage may slow down on your exploration time. When arriving in a lively, modern city like Abu Dhabi, why would you want to wait?
Luckily, you won't have to.
A great way to familiarize yourself with the area is to tour Abu Dhabi from the rolling vantage of an iconic, double-decker "Big Bus." While you're at it, you'll have easy access to some of the most highly regarded destination locations in the city. These tours can be a nice way to get the lay of the land—satisfying that hunger for discovery—without waiting to get completely settled.
Sometimes organized tours can leave you feeling distant, like you've been held apart from the area you're exploring. One of the best parts about these Big Bus tours is that the 24-hour passes are designed to encourage exploration off the bus and at your own pace.
Take your time
The tours offer hop-on, hop-off tickets. So if you want to spend an afternoon wandering through the white marble and golden, light-drenched arches of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, go right ahead. When you've had your fill of Abu Dhabi's spectacular modern architecture, hop aboard any Big Bus and you're off to your next destination.
Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in cultural centers like Saadiyat Island and Heritage Village, or if you'd just like to relax on the luxurious beach on Yas Island, no problem. Set your own pace. Explore the thrilling newness of a locum tenens assignment overseas, and consider taking a Big Bus tour to enjoy your first taste of Adu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.