Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
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TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ABU DHABI
- For over 50 years, Abu Dhabi has been transformed from little more than empty desert inhabited by nomadic tribes into a thriving 21st century society.
- Abu Dhabi is at the heart of one of the world’s most advancing regions. Abu Dhabi city is easily accessible from key European, Asian, African American and Australian business centres.
- Abu Dhabi city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The wider Abu Dhabi Emirate occupies over 80% of the country’s total landmass.
- Unknown to most, Abu Dhabi is archipelagic with nearly 200 islands dotted along its coast – where island hopping is a popular pastime.
- Abu Dhabi is on its way to becoming a global centre with its creation of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island. This 27 square kilometer island lying 500 meters offshore from the UAE capital is being transformed into a signature cultural, leisure and residential destination. The island will be home to the largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions including the Zayed National Museum, The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, all designed by award-winning international architects.
- Emirates Palace is one of the world’s most majestic and opulent hotels. Often mistaken as the presidential palace, Emirates Palace is decorated with gold-leaf, marble, and hung with almost 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Abu Dhabi has an expanding range of other fabulous hotels and iconic buildings including the Yas Hotel, the only one in the world straddling a Formula 1 race track and the Hyatt Capital Gate.
- Abu Dhabi means “Father of the Gazelle”.
- Visitors can experience an authentic taste of Arabian culture and heritage.
- Abu Dhabi enjoys a subtropical climate with sunshine almost every day.
- Abu Dhabi is home to the Annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This headline race joins an impressive line-up of the world-class events which have enabled the emirate to emerge as a major global events contender. These include the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Gourmet Abu Dhabi gastronomic festival, the Abu Dhabi International Triatholon, Abu Dhabi Arts and the Al Ain Aerobatics Show.
Abu Dhabi/ Points of interest
- Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park, located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Emirates Palace: Luxury 5 Star Hotel in Abu Dhabi
Stay at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi located in the heart of Abu Dhabi and experience the riches of the Arabian Gulf.
- Saadiyat Island, Arabic for “Happiness Island,” is a large, low-lying island 500 meters (1,600 ft) off the coast of Abu Dhabi island in the UAE
- Al Bahr Towers is an award-winning development in the emirate of Abu Dhabi consisting of two 29-storey, 145m–high towers. The AL BAHR Towers Feature The World’s Largest Computerized Dynamic Facade. The Design Concept is Based on The Fusion Between Bio-Inspiration, Regional Architecture, and Performance -Based Technology.
- The Aldar Headquarters building is the first circular building of its kind in the Middle East. It is located in Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- Abu Dhabi Mall is a shopping mall in central Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It opened in 2001 and has over 200 shops. The Mall is located next to the Beach Rotana hotel, with a direct internal entrance from the hotel.
- Zayed National Museum is a planned museum, to be located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
- The Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.
- Yas Waterworld – Amusement park in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Varied destination for adrenalin-fueled waterslides & static surfing waves, plus shopping & dining.
- Yas Island is a man-made island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Yas Island can be reached by car, plane or boat. The island’s development project was initiated in 2006 by Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties (master developer), with the aim of turning the island into a multi-purpose leisure, shopping and entertainment center at an estimated total cost of over $40 billion. This investment was planned as a multi-staged project to unfold in phases until 2018, with project stakeholders foreseeing the possibility of extending development by adding new venues and upgrading existing facilities.
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and is considered to be the key for worship in the country.