Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi: Enjoy Visit with traveling UAE

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirate, and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), sites of the mainland on an island in the Persian an Arabian Gulf. It’s focus on Oil export and commerce is reflected by the skylines modern towers and shopping mega centers such as Marina Malls, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, and also capital of  emirate, the largest of the UAE’s seven member emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper had a population of 1.5 million in 2014.

Abu Dhabi Houses Federal Govt. Offices

Capital City federal government offices are the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government, home to the United Arab Emirate Emiri Family and the President of the UAE, who is from this family. Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and urbanization, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis.

Today the city is the country’s center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial center, due to its position as the capital. UAE Capital City accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy.

United Arab Emirate capital City is the fourth most expensive city for expatriate employees in the region, and in 2014 was the 68th most expensive big city in the world. Fortune magazine and CNN stated in 2007 that UAE capital city is the richest city in the world, having been between $800 billion to approximately $875 billion USD. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute puts the figure at US$773 billion.

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CountryAbu Dhabi
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Languages spokenArabic
Currency usedDirham (AED)
Area (km2)972 km2 (375 sq mi)

Sports & nature

Golf - Golf is probably the most popular outdoor sport for visitors in Abu Dhabi. It is a year-round activity but in the summer months tee-off is usually very early in the morning soon after sunrise (because of the heat). Golf clubs include Abu Dhabi City G Club (the only golf club on Abu Dhabi island), Al Ghazal Golf Club, Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Yas Links.

Kayaking - Several companies offer kayaks for hire and kayaking tours.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) - You can try the fast-growing watersport of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) in Abu Dhabi. Lessons and tours are available with the Abu Dhabi Stand Up Paddle Club in cooperation with UAESUP.

Wildlife Centre - The Abu Dhabi Wildlife Centre is a rescue and rehabilitation centre, not a zoo. It opened to the public in 2009.

Al Futaisi Island - Enjoy a ferry-type boat to this quiet island. People usually go for a day trip but very basic chalets are available for overnight stays.

Bahraini (Al Maya) Island - This is a 7km island popular with the locals on Fridays. Camping an barbecues are allowed.

Fishing - For fishing trips including deep sea game fishing.

Abu Dhabi Island - Circumnavigation Charter a boat for up to 7 passengers for 2,200 AED (4 hours). See the beaches, hotels, palaces, waterside residences, the corniche, bridges and Yas Marina.

Yellow Boats A fast boat trip is the latest type of boat trip offered.

Quad Biking - Take a four wheel bike to the desert for a blast up and down the dunes.

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Nightlife info

Abu Dhabi is the pearl of the United Arab Emirates and home of the royal family (Al Nahyan). A modern island city, it offers spectacular skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, and a shopping experience that would keep the most dedicated shopaholic busy for years. Like any major metropolis, it is a city that never sleeps, but it is also a hub of culture. Arabic poetry, dances and music are promoted enthusiastically, and you can also witness sports that have archaic origins, like camel racing and dhow sailing.

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Culture and history info

Abu Dhabi’s people today enjoy living in modern, technologically advanced surroundings, a huge historic leap from living in simple mud-brick huts like some of its previous settlers.The emirate is rich in archeological finds. There has been evidence that the very first settlements were from the 3rd millennium BC in some regions of Abu Dhabi. Its early history resembles that of the nomadic period with typical herding and fishing lifestyles. Settlements can be traced back as far as over 5000 years ago, and have been found around parts of Abu Dhabi, such as Jebel Hafeet near Al Ain and on the island of Umm al Nar. Abu Dhabi’s most significant settlement was those of the Bani Yas Bedoiun tribe which were located by the coast around the 16th Century. Afterwards, the discovery of fresh water led the tribe to relocate to the island which was more fertile with large quantities of wildlife. Soon after, the ruling Al Nahyan family decided to flee to the island also. Under the rule of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, Abu Dhabi thoroughly developed through the trading of pearls, and in 1892 came the very first exclusive treaty linking Abu Dhabi with Great Britain. The emirates location was seen as a great strategic convenience connecting it with India and the east, and it was established as the Trucial coast.Whilst Abu Dhabi’s wealth was looking on the upside, it was badly hit by the intervention of Japan’s pearl industry and also by the 1930’s global recession. Furthermore, Sheik Zayed bin Khalifa passed away which added more uncertainty to Abu Dhabi’s prosperity. However, this was not the end of Abu Dhabi’s fortunes. In 1939 Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan granted petroleum concession to the Trucial Coast Development Oil Company, (renamed the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Company, ADPC, in 1962) in a bid to search for large oil reserves. In 1958, huge offshore oil reserves were discovered and a year later onshore reserves were also found. It was not until 1962 that the oil exports began, leading Abu Dhabi on to the road of unbelievable wealth.In 1966 Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the new ruler of Abu Dhabi and two years later he formed the federation of the United Arab Emirates, which was in response to the British threatening to withdraw from the region by the end of 1971. The ruler of Abu Dhabi realised that his connection with Britain was vital in order to maintain a strong position in the oil industry. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan was elected as the first president and with the assistance of the British started to carry out his vision of developing the country with the advantage of increased oil revenues.Sheikh Zayed was known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ due to his great developments of the city of Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately he passed away in 2004 and his son Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as president and made sure he would continue his father’s legacy. Sheik Khalifa has invested oil reserves sensibly in order to boost tourism figures; an ambitious 3 million target by 2015 has been announced. With the outstanding determination of the Al Nahyan family reign, anything is possible. Key fascinating and impressive developments have been implemented, such as the Saadiyat Island and Al Grum Resort in order to attract visitors from all over the globe.Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has come a long way; rapidly re-constructing itself into a flawless city, with extraordinary sky scrapers, shopping malls, top quality hotels and picturesque gardens. It is certainly very different from what it was 50 years ago, but its history still remains a prominent factor in its path to success.Culture Abu Dhabi has been converted into a tourist attraction, an up-to-date city with its sophisticated high rise buildings, extensive entertainment facilities and beautiful large gardens and parks. However, beneath this modern portrayal lies a rich cultural background.The emirate’s culture is strongly embedded within the Islamic traditions of Arabia, with many mosques scattered around the city amongst the modern architecture. Abu Dhabi consists of many nationalities and cultures, which are all welcomed as long as they do not jeopardise the Islamic religion. Although the city has changed dramatically in the last 40 years by foreign influences, the people of Abu Dhabi still uphold old traditions and continue to promote their cultures to those unaware of their prosperous heritage.Abu Dhabi is known as the cultural heart of the UAE, enthusiastically marketing cultural and sporting events that represent its past. Sports include, camel racing and dhow sailing, and cultural events include Arabic poetry, dances and music.Many locals dress traditionally, men in their full length shirt-dress (dishdasha) with a white or red checked head dress (gutra), whilst women wear a black abaya – a long black robe and a headscarf (sheyla).The official national language of Abu Dhabi is Arabic, although, English, Hindi and Urdu are also widely spoken in and around the city.

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