Abu Dhabi Travel Guide, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi is the federal and economic capital of the United Arab Emirates. Although the shine of its neighboring city Dubai has always attracted greater tourists, but Abu Dhabi has lately glittered on the tourists map. With good accommodation and leisure facilities, the city offers a good destination to relax. The city has the charm of its own. From ancient forts to newly built hotels like Emirates Palace Hotel, from nomadic camps to spectacular gardens, there is a lot to see and explore in this city.
Area: 77,700 sq Km
Population: 4.4 million
Language spoken: Arabic
Monetary unit: Dirham
Major religion: Islam
Abu Dhabi is a newly built town. Sky high buildings comprising offices and hotels dwell in most of the part of the city. But there are few older constructions that speak of the architectural taste of the people of Abu Dhabi. One such piece of architecture is the Diwan Amiri which is also known as White Fort. The mosques in the town also speak of architectural magnificence of the older times. One such famous mosque is the blue mosque. The buildings in the older part of the city such as the Batin area let you get a glimpse of the great architectural craftsman ship of the people of previous centuries.
Infrastructure and Economy
Abu Dhabi is backbone of the economy of UAE. Earlier the nation’s economy was dependent on the pearl industry. But in the sixties Abu Dhabi began exporting oil giving a boost to the economy of the nation. Since then there was no looking back for the city. The huge oil exports attracted good number of foreign investors. The city became a financial capital of the nation. An estimate shows that the city holds around nine percent of the world’s oil reserves making it one of the richest cities of the world. Rocketing skyscrapers and magnificent hotels speak of the prosperity of the cosmopolitan. The city holds a sound infrastructure. The living standard of the people of Abu Dhabi is quite high.
People and culture
Abu Dhabi may seem a modern city but the people here want to hold their values strongly. They respect their culture and beliefs. Interesting to note is that the culture of the city is an amalgam of various cultures of the world. Since the city mainly follows Islam, the predominant culture here is Arabic. One of the most appreciable qualities of the people of Abu Dhabi is that they are tolerant to all cultures and communities of the world. This quality has always allured people to come to Abu Dhabi for employment as well as leisure.
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