Of the seven Emirates that make up the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al-Quwain), Emirate of Abu Dhabi accounts for 87% of the UAE's total area. It is more six times bigger than the area of the rest of the six emirates combined
Abu Dhabi Facts
The 35-storey Capital Gate building in Abu Dhabi is the furthest leaning man-made tower in the world. The Capital Gate tower has been built to lean 18° westwards, more than four times that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, world’s largest indoor theme park, is on the Yas Island. It has the world’s fastest roller coaster
The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi has the world’s largest chandelier. It weighs more then nine tonnes.
Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi is the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city.
World’s first zero-carbon City
Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi will be home to a new cultural complex, housing eight museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the largest Guggenheim museum in the world and Zayed National Museum
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates. Abu Dhabi's original name was Milh (meaning 'salt') referring to salt marshes that were once common around the city. The present name 'Abu Dhabi' literally means 'Father of gazelle', but metaphorically it means 'a place rich in gazelle' (A few hundred years ago, Abu Dhabi was teeming with Arabian gazelle)
Father of gazelle
Abu Dhabi was founded in 1761 as drinking water was found on the Island. In 1793 Abu Dhabi became the seat of power of the Bani Yas tribal confederation that was ruled by the al-Nahyan family, rulers of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and UAE to the present day. Britain and local rulers sign a 'truce' treaty in 1820 to combat piracy along the Gulf coast and hence the area becomes known as the Trucial Coast. In 1952, the seven emirates form a Trucial Council. Abu Dhabi was virtually unknown to the world until the discovery of vast reserves of oil in the emirate in 1958. In 1971, the city of Abu Dhabi was designated the provisional capital of the newly formed UAE. It was anticipated that a new, permanent national capital would be built later on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the second largest emirate in the UAE. In 1996, however, Abu Dhabi was officially declared the permanent capital of the UAE.
Permanent capital of the UAE
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Capital city||Abu Dhabi|
|Largest city||Abu Dhabi|
|Area||67,340 Sq. km|
|Population density||36 per Sq. Km)|
|Emir||Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|Independence (from UK)||2 December 1971|
|GDP (PPP)||$178 billion|
|GDP (PPP) Per Capita||$61,000|
|Abu Dhabi time|