24 Facts About Abu Dhabi

1. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates though it is the second most populous city in the territory.

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2. Abu Dhabi possesses 90 percent of the UAE's approximately 100 billion barrels of oil reserves and 60 percent of its significant gas reserves.

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3. Abu Dhabi is home to important financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and numerous multinational corporations.

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4. Abu Dhabi is the most well-off emirate of the UAE in terms of Gross Domestic Product and per capita income.

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5. Abu Dhabi was planned under the guidance of Sheikh Zayed by Japanese architect Dr Takahashi in 1967 initially for a population of 40,000.

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6. Abu Dhabi is situated on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast.

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7. Abu Dhabi is the Capital and second most populous city after Dubai in United Arab Emirates.

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8. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of United Arab Emirates.

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9. Abu Dhabi borders the Al Khatim Desert, where massive sand dunes rise and fall against the surreal sunsets.

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10. Since the 2010s, Abu Dhabi has become one of the major shooting spots for foreign films.

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11. Since 2009, Abu Dhabi has hosted a Formula One race every year in November at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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

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13. 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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14. Abu Dhabi is the wealthiest emirate of the UAE in terms of Gross domestic product and per capita income.

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15. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, the presidents office is located here.

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16. Abu Dhabi is full of archaeological evidence that points to civilisations, such as the Umm an-Nar Culture, having been located there from the third millennium BCE.

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17. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy.

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18. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast.

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19. Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), and capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates.

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20. Abu Dhabi could become a net exporter of natural gas after Eni sealed a deal with the Middle Eastern emirate to develop major natural gas fields.

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

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22. Abu Dhabi worked in the pearl business and traded with others.

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23. The first word of Abu Dhabi is pronounced "Bu" by inhabitants on the city's western coast.

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24. The city of Abu Dhabi has an estimated population of 1.8 million in 2016.

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