29 Facts About Abu Dhabi


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

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

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Abu Dhabi itself has over a trillion US dollars worth of assets under management in a combination of various sovereign wealth funds headquartered there.

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In 1953, D'Arcy Exploration Company, the exploration arm of BP, obtained an offshore concession which was then transferred to a company created to operate the concession: Abu Dhabi Marine Areas was a joint venture between BP and Compagnie Francaise des Petroles (later Total).

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City of Abu Dhabi is on the southeastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, adjoining the Persian Gulf.

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Abu Dhabi Island is connected to Saadiyat Island by a five-lane motorway bridge.

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

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Councils such as the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and the Regulation and Supervision Bureau are responsible for infrastructure projects in the city.

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Founder's Memorial, a monument and visitor center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is a memorial to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first President of the United Arab Emirates, who died in 2004.

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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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Abu Dhabi has several parks and gardens and more than 400 kilometres of coastline, of which 10 kilometres (6 miles) are public beaches.

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Abu Dhabi's Emirate is the wealthiest of the UAE in terms of Gross domestic product and per capita income.

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Abu Dhabi's government is looking to expand revenue from oil and gas production to tourism and other things that would attract different types of people.

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

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Abu Dhabi daily produces 1, 532 tonnes of solid wastes which are dumped at three landfill sites by the Abu Dhabi Municipality.

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

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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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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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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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On 30 June 2019, the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi officially inaugurated a multi-faith prayer room at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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

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Abu Dhabi has been criticised for perpetuating a class-based society, where migrant workers are in the lower classes, and suffer abuse which "is endemic to the system".

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

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

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Today in Abu Dhabi there is a group called the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation that works to preserve the art and culture of the city.

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

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In October 2019 Abu Dhabi announced the world's first graduate-level AI research institution, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.

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

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