Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven Emirates and
the Federal capital of the UAE. It occupies an area
of 26,000 square miles. Its long coastline is the
shallow waters of the Southern Gulf, extending from
the base of the Qatar Peninsula in the west to the
border of the emirate of Dubai on the north east.
Dhabi does not have a long history as the place was
inhabited just about 250 years back. In 1760, Bani
Yas (a nomadic tribe) discovered water on the Island
of Abu Dhabi and constructed their first township
there. For most part of history, it remained a small
place fishing village till oil was discovered here
around 50 years back.
Today Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in
the world. It is the center of government and
business life in the UAE, headquarters of the
emirates oil operating companies and embassies are
based here. The architecture of its modern buildings
and sky scrapers is the finest in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi's oil wealth has been wisely utilized to
encourage a healthy trade and commerce atmosphere
apart from oil industries too.
Ruler of the Emirate is President of the UAE -
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.
Population: above 1 million inhabitants.
Large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all
the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise
buildings, state-of-the-art communication services
and transport, the presence of all the international
luxury hotel chains, rich shopping malls, cultural
centers and events provide tourists a one-of-a-kind
experience all the year round.
On the land, it stretches south to the oases of Liwa
where some of the world’s largest sand dunes can be
found, and east to the ancient oasis of Al Ain. This
makes Abu Dhabi the largest as well as the most
populated of all the emirates.
Today over 120 million trees have been planted in
the emirate of Abu Dhabi alone.
Wealthiest of all the Emirates in UAE and federal
capital, Abu Dhabi is one of the richest cities in
the world. This transformation from a small fishing
village to one of the most modern cities in the
world is solely because of the large amounts of
revenues from oil. This newfound prosperity of the
city is clearly reflected in its modern
infrastructure, shopping complexes, and recently
developed tourist attractions.
For an average tourist, this is one of the safest
tourist destinations in the world with some of the
best tourist facilities you can get. More than
anything else, it is a major shopping destination
what with shopping festivals being held throughout
United Arab Emirates
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