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
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.