Abu Dhabi – the Capital City
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the largest of the seven emirates federation.
sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and pulsating
cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest in Abu Dhabi. This emirate
known around the world for its massive oil reserves and majestic mosques
with towering minarets. These, combined with the distinct Arabic
hospitality and mystique - and world-class infrastructure - make Abu
Dhabi an excellent destination both for the experienced and novice
city bursts with dazzling business-cum-leisure facilities ranging from
state-of-the-art convention centre, luxurious hotels, spas, designer
golf courses, theatres and very soon, some of the world’s most famous
museums. The palace-like shopping malls and indigenous souqs in Abu
Dhabi make for a great shopping expedition. Gastronomic treats further
abound from cool and sophisticated cafes, clubs and restaurants. For the
fitness conscious, jogging and cycling are a welcome treat in along the
city’s charming Corniche or beachfront, merely minutes away from the
bustling city centre.
Dhabi emirate is in the Arabian Gulf region. It adjoins the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman. Occupying almost 87% of the
country’s total area, Abu Dhabi emirate covers around 67, 340km², which
comprises mostly desert, including part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al
Khali) and salt flats/sabkha. Abu Dhabi’s coastline extends over 400 Km.
emirate is divided for administrative purposes into three regions. The
first encompasses Abu Dhabi city, which is both the emirate’s capital
and the federal seat of government. The island city of Abu Dhabi is just
250 metres from the mainland, which has many other suburbs. The main
bridges, Maqta, Mussafah and Sheikh Zayed Bridge, connect Abu Dhabi city
to the mainland, with others currently being constructed. There are
around 200 natural islands in the emirate including the Saadiyat, Yas,
Lulu and Sir Bani Yas islands.
of Abu Dhabi were settled as far back as the 3rd millennium BC, and its
early history fits the region’s nomadic, herding and fishing patterns.
Arabian Gazelle is known locally as ‘Dhabi’, and gave its name to the
country's capital, Abu Dhabi (Father of the Gazelle) by the early Bani
Yas tribe hunters who discovered the island when tracking a gazelle and
found a rare freshwater spring.
the mid-20th century, camel herding, agriculture, fishing and pearl
diving were the major occupations within the emirate. Everything changed
in 1958 when oil was discovered and the development of modern Abu Dhabi
and blue skies can be expected almost every day in Abu Dhabi. The city
experiences a really hot and humid climate in the months of April to
September when the maximum temperatures average above 40 °C (104 °F).
During this period, unpredictable sandstorms also occur in the city and
sometimes visibility gets down to a few meters. Normally,
air-conditioning systems can be found in all buildings in the city. The
period of October to March is comparatively cool. Dense fog can be also
seen on some days. January and February are the coolest months of the
Source: Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority