The capital of the UAE is home to almost one million residents. Rapid development has made it one of the choice places to live in the eastern world—due to its high average incomes and cultural experiences. The iconic skyline contains well-known buildings, such as the Hilton Hotel Tower, and many modern buildings reflect Arab heritage, staying true to the mostly Islamic population. It is known for being a very hospitable place for anyone the world over, a haven for many who want to immerse themselves in the local history and view the local wonders.
Location: Island In the Persian Gulf
Joined to the mainland by bridges, this glorious city sits on an island in the Persian Gulf. However, many of its suburbs are actually located on the mainland, spanning over 60,000 square kilometers. Its location has allowed for the city to set up many wildlife sanctuaries on its uninhabited islands, and many parks fill up the green areas around town. Evergrowing Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the Emirate’s main hubs for connections to destinations around the world.
Business: The Capital of Riches
Abu Dhabi is known for its oil production where it got most of its original wealth. However, in recent years its economy has tried to diversify, adding real estate and tourism to its moneymaking industries. Currently, infrastructure is being greatly improved with the building of a port as well as a rail system that would connect to Dubai. Those coming for business will find an award winning conference venue right in the center of the city, the iconic Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Culture: Tolerance, Charity, and Tradition
Many immigrants from India, Pakistan, and Iran have made this diverse metropolis their home, and their traditions have led to an amazing culture full of traditional celebration, architecture, and learning. Visitors happily come from all corners of the world due to the tolerant nature of Emirati people. Some of the most beautiful sights are the mosques and churches throughout the city, including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque featuring over 80 domes and 1,000 columns. Even the chandeliers are dripping in gold.
Activities: Amusement, Wildlife, and World-Class Architecture
There is an attraction that suites every personality in this golden city, and many of them have been influenced by both Western and Eastern cultures. One of the most popular amusement parks in the area is Ferrari World, containing the world's fastest roller coaster. The whole family can learn about the Ferrari story through fun rides and activities, and the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix on the Yas Marina Circuit amazes racing enthusiasts the world over. Those who love animals will be thrilled with the Arabian Wildlife Park, where 10,000 animals roam free.