Restrictions on single-use plastic bags took effect in the United Arab Emirates capital Wednesday, as part of its efforts for a "greener future".
The "single-use plastic bags ban starts today... to encourage sustainable living in Abu Dhabi", the emirate's media office said.
There are exemptions for medicine bags, bag rolls for produce in supermarkets, rubbish sacks and large brand name shopping bags.
The restrictions come as the UAE prepares to host the COP28 global environmental conference in 2023, having set a target to become carbon neutral by 2050, in line with goals set by the COP26 conference in Britain last year.
Dubai, one of the seven other emirates that make up the UAE, has also announced it is ending the free provision of single-use plastic bags.
The decision is scheduled to come into force at the start of July.
Like its Gulf neighbours, the UAE's economy is largely dependent on fossil fuels.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and wealthiest of the seven emirates that make up the UAE.