in Abu Dhabi is modern, sleek and shiny. The
United Arab Emirate's capital is often accused
of being a rather soulless place, but that's
going a bit too far: it's not exactly buzzing
but it does have its attractions.
from anything else, it's a big city for doing
business. Abu Dhabi is by far the richest
and most politically important of the UAE's
seven emirates. It's hard to believe that
this sprawling city was a bleak fishing and
pearling village less than 50 years ago. Today,
it's considered safe and secure for foreigners,
although demonstrations and political gatherings
are best avoided.
Country: United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Main language: Arabic
Time: GMT/UTC plus 4 hours
Telephone Area Code: +971 2
city of Abu Dhabi sits at the head of a T-shaped
island jutting into the Gulf off the central
western coast of the UAE. The Emirate of Abu
Dhabi represents over 85% of the total area
of the UAE.
airport is on the mainland, about 30km (18.6mi)
north-east of the centre. The main business
district is barely 1 sq km (0.4 sq mi), bounded
by Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Istiglal Sts
to the north, Zayed the Second St to the south,
Khalid bin al-Walid St to the west and As
Salam St to the east.