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.
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
The 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.
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.