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Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), and also capital of Abu Dhabi 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 921,002 in 2013.
Abu Dhabi houses federal government offices, is the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government, home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE, who is from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis.
Today the city is the country’s center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre, due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400 billion United Arab Emirates economy.
The UAE’s large hydrocarbon wealth gives it one of the highest GDP per capita in the world and Abu Dhabi owns the majority of these resources – 95% of the oil and 6% of gas. Abu Dhabi thus holds 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves (98.2bn barrels) and almost 5% of the world’s natural gas (5.8 trillion cu metres).
Oil production in the UAE was in the region of 2.3m barrels per day (bpd) in 2010, and projects are in progress to boost production to 3m bpd. In recent years the focus has turned to gas as increasing domestic consumption for power, desalination and reinjection of gas into oil fields increases demand. Gas extraction is not without its difficulties, however, as demonstrated by the sour gas project at Shah where the gas is rich in hydrogen sulphide content and is expensive to develop and process.
Recently the government has been diversifying their economic plans. Served by high oil prices, the country’s non-oil and gas GDP has outstripped that attributable to the energy sector. Non-oil and gas GDP now constitutes 64% of the UAE’s total GDP. This trend is reflected in Abu Dhabi with substantial new investment in industry, real estate, tourism and retail. As Abu Dhabi is the largest oil producer of the UAE, it has reaped the most benefits from this trend.
It has taken on an active diversification and liberalisation programme to reduce the UAE’s reliance on the hydrocarbon sector. This is evident in the emphasis on industrial diversification with the completion of free zones, Industrial City of Abu Dhabi, twofour54 Abu Dhabi media free zone and the construction of another, ICAD II, in the pipeline.
There has also been a drive to promote the tourism and real estate sectors with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Tourism and Development Investment Company undertaking several large-scale development projects. These projects will be served by an improved transport infrastructure with a new port, an expanded airport and a proposed rail link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai all in the development stages.
The United Arab Emirates is ranked 63 with an Economic Complexity Index (ECI) of 0.103554
Top 5 Products exported by The United Arab Emirates
- Crude Petroleum (46%),
- Refined Petroleum (13%),
- Gold (9.2%),Petroleum Gas (7.4%),
- Jewellery (3.5%)
Top 5 Export destinations of The United Arab Emirates
- Japan (24%),
- India (21%),
- Singapore (8.4%),
- South Korea (8.3%),
- China (5.9%)
Top 5 Products imported by The United Arab Emirates
- Jewellery (11%
- Refined Petroleum (5.7%),
- Gold (5.6%), Cars(5.2%),
- Broadcasting Equipment (3.8%)
Top 5 Import origins of The United Arab Emirates
- India (18%),
- China (17%),
- Germany (7.1%),
- United States (6.1%),
- Japan (5.0%)
Welcome to Abu Dhabi, where luxury and style are infused with traditional values of hospitality and respect. Where sunny weather, tranquil beaches, lush oases, vibrant city life, and a mixture of culture and traditions come together to create a holiday experience like no other. Explore the emirate’s old souqs, sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, ride the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or dive into a dazzling marine life – there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari is a fun filled thrilling ride through the desert of Abu Dhabi accompanied by entertainment that help us to get ourselves acquainted with the culture and tradition of the emirate. Desert safari is an exceptional attraction for the tourists visiting Abu Dhabi. Hundreds of tourists visit Abu Dhabi just for experiencing the desert safari.
Dune bashing is the premium attraction of Abu Dhabi Desert Safari. Any fear can be overcome by running towards it.Abu Dhabi desert safari is thrilling, at the same time entertaining. After the dune bashing exercise, you are taken to the camp site in the middle of the desert. Specific arrangements are done in the camp site for the enjoyment as well as for exhilarating the spirit of adventure of the tourists. Sand skiing is another rare adventure that you can challenge yourself within the Abu Dhabi desert safari.
After the dune bashing exercise, you are taken to the camp site in the middle of the desert. Specific arrangements are done in the camp site for the enjoyment as well as for exhilarating the spirit of adventure of the tourists. Sand skiing is another rare adventure that you can challenge yourself within the Abu Dhabi desert safari.
You can also have a drive on the camel, the ship of the desert. You might have ride on the horses or even elephants. A ride on the camel is something that you can boast of way back home.
Enjoying the sunset in the desert is another premium attraction of the Abu Dhabi desert safari. A barbeque dinner with Arabian delicacies is a major highlight of the Abu Dhabi desert safari. The Arabian dishes are delicious bringing before you the authentic fragrance of Arabia which will indulge your palate. It is really a mouthwatering invitation which you will find hard to resist.
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – The 8th largest mosque in the world. Friday is closed to the public and only open for worship. You can get there by public bus. Make sure to ask the bus driver to let you know once you get there. The public bus stop is a 100 metres before the mosque and after that is no stop for the next 5km.
- Qasr al-Hosn – The oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, this small fort was first constructed in 1761 and served as the royal palace from the late 18th century until 1966. The site is currently surrounded by boards, and the building itself is not open to the public
- Corniche – Abu Dhabi’s spectacular waterfront stretches for miles from the Breakwater near Marina Shopping Mall almost up to the Mina Zayed port. It has a walkway for the entire length, and certain stretches have sandy beaches.
- Flagpole – At 123m, this is among the world’s tallest flagpoles, and you won’t miss the massive UAE flag hanging off it. On Marina Island across from Marina Mall.
- Khalifa Park – The best park by far, built at a cost of $50 million. Has its own aquarium, museum, train, play parks and formal gardens.
- Cultural Events – The Abu Dhabi Cultural Centre has become a landmark in the Emirates and holds cultural events and workshops throughout the year. It has a well-stocked library, children’s programs, art exhibitions, benefits, and other culture-related activities that are the hallmark of any city. It’s well worth a look.