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Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is sitted in to a T-shaped island in the southeast of the Persian Gulf.
Abu Dhabi houses important offices of the federal government and is the seat of government of the UAE and Emirati headquarters of the Royal Family. Abu Dhabi has grown into a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanization, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has stimulated Abu Dabi’s transformation in the last decade of the 20th century and first of the XXIst.
Currently the city is the center of political life of the country, industrial activities and great cultural tradition. In addition, it’s the commercial center due to its position as capital.
Abu Dhabi alone generates 15% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates.The Emiratí capitalí is a headquarters of important financial institutions as the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many domestic and multinational enterprises. Being one of the major world producers of oil, Abu Dabi has tried to diversify his economy in the last years across investments in the financial services and tourism.
Abu Dabi is the most expensive third city in the region, and 26. ª more expensive city of the world.
Some areas of Abu Dhabi were populated since the third millennium. C., with a way of life characteristic of region and period, based on nomadic herding and fishing. The origin of the Abu Dhabi today dates back to the rise of an important tribal confederation, the Bani Yas in the late eighteenth century, which took control of Dubai. In the 18th century, Dubái and Abu Dabi undertook separated ways.
In the middle of the 20th century, Abu Dabi’s economy was continuing there being based on the baby of camels, the production of dates and vegetables on the oases of the interior on Al Ain y Liwa, the fishing and the search of pearls on the coasts of Abu Dabi’s city, occupied principally during the summers months. Most settlements in the city of Abu Dhabi were made of palm leaves called “barasti” while wealthy families lived in mud huts. The growth experienced by the industry of the pearl during the first half of the century twenty made more difficult the life of the inhabitants of Abu Dabi, since the pearls were his principal export and source of income.
In 1939, the Sheikh Shakhbut Bin-Sultan Al Nahyan granted oil concessions, being for the first time oil in 1958. At first, the money proceeding from the oil had a scanty impact: there got up a few buildings of cement of few height and in 1961 he ended the first paved road. The sheikh Shakbut, who doubtet that the new rights or oil royalties went to last, preferred to act warily and save the benefits instead of investing in development. His brother, Zayed ibn Sultan Al Nahayan, saw that the oil wealth had sufficient potential to transform Abu Dabi. The ruling family, the Al Nahayan, decided that Sheikh Zayed should replace his brother in office and make reality his idea of developing the country. On August 6, 1966, with British help, Sheikh Zayed became the new president.
With the announcement by the United Kingdom in 1968 of its withdrawal from the Gulf area by 1971, Sheikh Zayed became the principal impeller of the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Then with the independence of the Emirates in 1971, the petrodollars kept coming to the area, so traditional mud houses were replaced with banks, boutiques and modern towers.
Year-round sunny blue skies predominate. The months of June to September are usually hot and humid, with temperatures whose average is over 40 ° C (104 ° F). At this time, isolated sand storms, which in some cases reduce the visibility to a few meters. The weather is usually pleasant from October to May. The period from January to February is usually cooler, so it may be necessary to wear a jacket. During this period there may also be a dense fog on some days. The oasis city of Al Ain, about 150 km away, on the border with Oman, registers regularly the highest summer temperatures in the country, although the desert air and cooler evenings make it a traditional retreat against the intense heat summer and humidity that affects all year to the capital.
Language and Literature.
Most of the inhabitants of Abu Dhabi are expatriate workers and professionals from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Egypt, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. It is also widespread use of English and Urdu.
The native population speaks Arabic of the Gulf. Socially the organization persists in clans. The al-Nahyan family, part of the al-Falah branch of the Bani Yas tribe, is the one who governs the emirate and has a central role in the society.
Edificios y estructuras
Abu Dabi’s city is a modern city with wide avenues, office buildings and high-rise apartments and very lively shops. The main thoroughfares are The Corniche, Airport Road, Sheikh Zayed Street, Hamdan Street and Khalifa Street. Many streets are known by the number of specialized businesses that they contain. Hamdan Street is the main street for shopping, Khalifa Street banks abound, while Al Najdha Street is famous for its hardware stores, Defense St is plagued by phone shops and Sheikh Zayed St (also known as Electra Street) is the street dedicated to computer science.
Abu Dhabi’s city is known in the region for its greenery: the former desert strip today includes numerous parks and gardens. The most emblematic buildings are the Qasr al-Hosn (or also Old Fort or White Fort), the Clock Tower (now demolished to build the new Corniche), the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its many subsidiaries in addition to the Cultural Foundation. The Corniche, renovated in 2005, is now one of the best marine parks in the Gulf.
Al Ain and Ruwais are other urban centers in the emirate of Abu Dhabi,. Al Ain is a cluster of towns scattered by a valuable oasis; that harbor the national university, the UAEU. Al Ain Garden advertised to be as the city City of the UAE. There exists also the Emirates Palace, which has the reputation of being the most expensive hotel ever built, with over 3 billion cost. This is a luxury hotel located in the capital, Abu Dhabi. It was built and is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, currently managed by the Kempinski Group.
The Abu Dhabi International Airport, with IATA (AUH) code, connects to the city by air. Local time is UTC + 4. The main means of road transport in the city are private vehicles and taxis, although there are also public buses, but it is the less affluent population that uses them. There are bus routes leading to nearby towns such as Baniyas, HaBashan and Al Ain (Garden City of the UAE), among others.
Points of interest
The Mosque of Sheikh Fayed is the largest of the Arab Emirates and one of the major ones in the world, being able to accommodate more than 40,000 worshipers praying at the same time.
Both of the external sources, the ornately decorated, as the interior of the mosque main courtyard are a marvel.
Do not miss the bathrooms where they ablutions, that is often overlooked and is very nice.
To go you have to dress properly, following strict procedure of dress. If you don’t fulfill them, they will accompany you to a point where you lend clothes (for both men and women).
By the way, be careful because there are 3 mosques in Abu Dhabi with the same name. This is the “Great Mosque”.
The Corniche Sand, surf, skyscrapers and much more. From this impressive avenue that runs along the coastline of the city you can admire the beauty of Abu Dhabi.
This zone extends along the coast of Abu Dhabi. You can follow this breathtaking and winding route 8 kilometers (5 miles) by a manicured coastline with pedestrian and bicycle lanes, playgrounds, cafes, restaurants and popular beach of Corniche.
For residents of Abu Dhabi, Corniche has become an integral part of their daily lives. In addition to being an important thoroughfare, is a relaxing contrast to the frantic business and shopping districts. Cool off between the lush manicured gardens that line the promenade. Join local runners and cyclists who use specific lanes, or mix with Emirati families in the many playgrounds.
At the eastern end of Corniche there are some of the tallest and most impressive skyscrapers of the city, including The Landmark and Nation Towers. Emirates Palace, a luxury hotel, is located at the southern end. Lulu’s artificial island, which can only be reached by private boat, is located opposite.
Ferrari World is a theme park dedicated to the legendary Ferrari brand that is located on Yas Island, an artificial island next to Abu Dhabi.
The park, which opened in 2010, is protected by a huge red cover 86,000 square meters crowned by a huge Ferrari logo, making it the world’s biggest indoor theme park.
The park has 19 attractions, including two roller coasters and a water attraction. Here are some of the highlights:
Formula Rossa: The star attraction of the park reaches 240 kilometers per hour in 4.5 seconds, which makes it the world’s fastest roller coaster.
Fiorano GT Challenge: Roller coaster consists of several Ferrari F430 Spider performing an amazing career.
Galleria Ferrari: Small sample of historic cars and competition.
G-Force: This small shuttle visitors rises to 62 meters above the roof of the building.
V12: Water in a boat trip through the interior of a giant engine.
In addition to these attractions, there are some special ones for children that allow them to create thumbnails or driving a Ferrari Spider Ferrari F430 GT small and a small model of Formula One.
The park has several simulators, virtual tours and attractions in 3D that allow visitors to travel through history and the world of Ferrari
Yas Island, a tourist attraction, probably one of the most important of Abu Dhabi, is just a few minutes far from the airport. It’s nothing more and nothing less than an artificial island with an area of 2.5000 hectares in which we will also find a number of hotels and parks, many other attractions that are worth visiting at least once in life.
Undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction of Yas Island is the Marina Circuit, a place where every year is celebrated the Grand Prix Formula 1 Abu Dhabi and where we can enjoy first-person walking around the track or being the passenger of a professional pilot, as long as there are no races scheduled at that time.
Another possibility is to visit Yas Waterworld, a water park with an area of 15 hectares and dedicated to a girl who was looking for a famous pearl. There you can find several slides, each one with a different measure as the Tornado water slide over 200 meters high or Bubble’s Barrel, a highly recommended space for surfers. It’s an ideal place for visit in family, but we can also go with friends, family or alone and also enjoy a memorable and fun day.
Also it deserves mention the Yas Mall, the largest shopping center in Abu Dhabi in which have fitted nearly 400 shops and more than 50 restaurants and where we can find both international and local firms. Some of the things that attracted the most attention of this place are the reproductions of the Mosque Sheik Zayed LEGO, the area Fun Works perfect to enjoy the smallest of the house and the 4DX theaters where movies as well as being they can smell and feel.
Apart from all this, we can meet and visit many other things on the island of Yas, such as Warner Bros theme park where we will meet the most prominent characters in this film factory.
The Qasr al-Hosn It’s the oldest building in the city of Abu Dhabi made of stone, it’s located along the first street and houses the Cultural Foundation within its facilities.
Qasr al-Hosn, also known as the White Fort (originally not in white colour but painted bright white between 1976 and 1983) or Old Fort, was built in 1761 as a tower of conical surveillance to defend the only well of freshwater in Abu Dhabi island. The tower was later expanded and became a small fortress in 1793 by the then ruler, Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan, as he became the permanent residence of the ruling Sheikh. The tower took its current form after a major expansion in the late 1930s, with the help of income received for the grant of the first license in Abu Dhabi oil.
Stood the palace of the emir (hence the name of Qasr al-Hosn, which means Palace fortress) and seat of government until 1966. The fort has been developed on several occasions and is now partially open to the public.
Al Dar Headquarters this circular office building can be a bit extravagant. Its disk-shaped large gave a lot to talk about when I was inaugurated in 2010, being circular world’s first skyscraper. In fact it has been included in the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest construction of the world.
There is much speculation about who represents this building that has cost 1.5 billion dollars. Some say it means sunset, others say it looks like the moon, a powerful symbol in Islam. Indeed according to its creators it is a pearl inside a clam. Pearl has a very strong heritage in the Middle East. The building is located at the end of the beach of Al Dana Al Raha, 11 kilometers from Abu Dhabi. The 23-storey structure has a diameter of 124 meters and 121 meters high which makes it an eye-catching landmark.
This building was built surprisingly in steel as is the material par excellence in construction in Abu Dhabi.
Al Bahar Towers, with its 25 stories high are located at the eastern entrance, at the intersection of Al Saada and Al Salam Street, in Abu Dhabi City. The temperature can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit in summer in the largest city and capital of the UAE, that’s why builders created an incredible facade that pays homage to the traditional Arabic architecture and modern design.
The facade system defies the typical typology of skyscrapers in the area, suggesting a more agile and dynamic solutions to weather conditions. This system is known as “Masharabiya” which is based on traditional Arab latticework and tries to counteract the effects that the weather of Abu Dhabi, as well as getting the most out of solar energy.
At night all the screens fold down, allowing you to see more of the Facade. As the sun rises in the morning in the east, the “mashrabiya” along this side of the building will begin to close when the sun moves around the building, across the vertical strip of the mashrabiya will move with the Sun.
Along the south facade there are internal openwork gardens which also help to alleviate the effects of sun exposure. These areas also serve as a service to users who use the spacies for meeting or breaks.
The podium welcomes a wide range of shared facilities that include prayer rooms, restaurants, and an auditorium, while allowing differentiated access for different categories of users, including members of the public, staff, and personalities VIPs, who have a discrete access from the garden to the top deck.
At a height of 120 meters, in the last floor open to the public, there is an observation platform that can be visited and that’s why the towers have 9 lifts totaling 5 meters per second.
Al Ain Zoo It’s a 400-hectare zoo located near the mountains of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. It contains mainly Arab Antelope oryx, Gazelles, giraffes, Macaque, leopards, Jaguars, rhinos and species such as the Lechwe Antelope that can be found in the paddocks with trees and shadows that offer excellent conditions for breeding. The Al Ain Zoo also hosts the white lion that is almost extinct.
It’is considered a perfect place to merge with the wild nature that Abu Dhabi has to offer, whether family, friends or couples, can contemplate one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.
The national museum of Al Ain It’s located in the border of Al Ain Oasis. The Museum exhibits the heritage and the unique history of the city. This is in the same complex as the Sultan Bin Zayed Fort (also known as Fort East).
Divided into three main sections – archeology, ethnography and gifts – its presentations illustrate various aspects of life of Arabic Emirates and include an interesting collection of Bedouin jewelry, musical instruments, weapons, and a reconstruction of a traditional “majlis”.
Archaeological exhibits are extensive, and include many artefacts from the nearby Hili Gardens, so it’s very useful to visit the Museum before these gardens.
Some of the exhibitions, such as Garn Bint Saud, go back to the first millennium Before Christ. The Gifts section houses a curious collection of gifts that Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan received during his lifetime. It includes swords, daggers of gold and silver, a Palm tree of gold and so on. Exposures are detailed both in English and in Arabic.
The price of tickets to access to the Museum ranges between AED 3 (US $ 0.8) for adults; and AED 1 (US $ 0.2) for children under 10 years.
The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation was founded in 1981 as a center of art and learning. It’s located in the center of the city of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street and next to the White Fort, also known as Qasr al-Hosn Palace. The center hosts a variety of events, including art exhibitions, lectures, concerts and films, and classes of the workshop of different modalities.
The Foundation is managed by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.
Lulu island It’s an artificial island located just off the Corniche breakwater. It’s being developed as a combination of residential and tourist district that will complement the existing Corniche area. Lulu Island has several beautiful beaches and is becoming a place for water sports.
Nowadays, we can find some of the best restaurants and cafes as well as various projects under development.
A visit that you can not miss if you want to see one of the best Skyline in the world, the one of Abu Dhabi.