16 Facts About Abu Dhabi

1. Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-most populous city (after Dubai) of the United Arab Emirates.

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2. City of Abu Dhabi is located on an island in the Persian Gulf, off the Central West Coast.

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3. Gulf waters of Abu Dhabi holds the world's largest population of Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins.

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4. On 22 September 2019, the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi held a ceremony to grant licenses to 17 churches and the first-ever traditional Hindu temple.

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5. Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest building in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, built by the Bani Yas tribe in 1761.

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6. In 2018, Abu Dhabi launched Ghadan 21, a string of initiatives to diversify the economy.

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7. Abu Dhabi is known in the region for its greenery; the former desert strip today includes numerous parks and gardens.

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8. In 2018, Abu Dhabi was ranked the safest city in the world for the second year running by the statistical analysis website Numbeo.

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9. The majority of the inhabitants of Abu Dhabi are migrant workers from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and various countries from across the Arab world.

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10. One of the busiest streets in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, known as Salam Street, which goes near Al Qurm Corniche.

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11. Public transport systems in Abu Dhabi include the Abu Dhabi public buses, taxis, ferries, and hydroplanes.

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12. Major holidays in Abu Dhabi include Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, Eid ul-Adha which marks the end of Hajj, and National Day, which marks the formation of the United Arab Emirates.

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13. Abu Dhabi is home to a number of cultural institutions including the Cultural Foundation and the National Theater.

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14. Diversity of cuisine in Abu Dhabi is a reflection of the cosmopolitan nature of society.

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15. On September 21, 2020, Abu Dhabi removed the requirement for an alcohol license for drinkers in the emirate.

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16. In March 2019, Abu Dhabi hosted the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East.

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