Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. It's rapid development and urbanization, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre.
Welcome to Abu Dhabi
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With a clear path set for economic diversification and expansion, regulations designed to support growth and innovation and a commitment to a secure world, Abu Dhabi is primed for economic growth.
The Abu Dhabi economy has emerged as a key player in the region offering diverse investment opportunities in industry infrastructure, real estate and renewable energy sources, and is strongly supported by the UAE economy. Besides being an economically viable city, Abu Dhabi is one of the most happening cities in the region attracting many international events, and according to a recent Lonely Planet survey, the emirate is the 10th most desirable city in the world to visit.
Abu Dhabi has a strong sense of heritage, and offers the cultural tourist a range of interesting options. The careful attention paid to new tourism initiatives and programmes is leading to the Emirate emerging as a cultural hub within the region.
Abu Dhabi’s wealth of national museums, archaeological sites and art centres contribute to the rich and distinct culture at the heart of the Emirate. Tourist hotspots include Abu Dhabi Heritage Village and the beautiful Al Jahili Fort which provides visitors with the opportunity to experience one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. The Emirates Palace, UAE Pavilion and Sheikh Zayed Bridge are just a few of the many iconic landmarks in the region.
Abu Dhabi is undoubtedly one of the top entertainment hubs of the UAE and whether seeking pleasure or leisure, the Emirate offers world-class attractions. Yas Island, a regional epicentre of entertainment, is home to the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World, and the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
The sheer volume of dining options and the wide variety of restaurants in the region can sometimes bewilder visitors. World cuisine mixes with traditional Middle Eastern dishes, offering a mix of international flavours and top-quality service. Hotels serve alcohol and many superb unlicensed outlets can be found.
Shopping in Abu Dhabi offers everything from sleek malls including the latest in top end designer and high street brands to small traditional outlets where you can buy perfumes, handicrafts and spices.