ABOUT ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi : A destination of true distinction
The United Arab Emirates – a relatively young federation of seven sheikhdoms - is an emerging destination for travellers who want to explore and experience its rich diversity.

Its largest emirate – Abu Dhabi – which is also home to the country’s vibrant capital city, is earning international acclaim for its long-held traditions of unparalleled Bedouin hospitality. This is a destination of near year-round blue skies, stunning white sand beaches and a modern cosmopolitan, capital city lifestyle which remains steeped in the richness of Arabian culture. The city, and the wider emirate, are a destination for travellers who seek an authentic experience and wish to immerse themselves in a resilient, and largely unchanged culture.

The emirate’s main global gateway - Abu Dhabi International Airport - is currently being redeveloped to cater to increasing demand from more than 30 carriers who currently fly there. This includes Etihad, the rapidly expanding and multi-award-winning, Abu Dhabi-headquartered national airline of the UAE. Upon completion in 2010, the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi International airport will cater to an estimated 20 million passengers a year.

The activities and attractions of Abu Dhabi are as diverse as its stunning multi-faceted landscape. Here, you’ll discover a range of exhilarating sports, from diving and sailing upon crystal Gulf waters, to thrilling safaris through stunning desert scenery. Evocative heritage areas and centuries-old forts resonate with those seeking an immersion in a centuries-old culture. Pristine beaches, an almost incomparably stunning Corniche and lush parks speak to a slower, and more contemplative, pace of life. With 200 natural islands dotting the waters off a picturesque coastline, this is a destination of discovery.

In the emirate’s largely undiscovered Western Region (Al Gharbia) is Desert Islands – a destination apart. This cluster of natural islands, with a former Royal nature reserve at its core, is a protected sanctuary for the region’s unique indigenous wildlife, including the endangered Arabian Oryx.

The landmark Emirates Palace is an amazing place to visit - a marvel of marble and Arabian mystique. As one of the world’s most exclusive hotels, it regularly hosts cultural shows, music events and international art exhibitions.

Abu Dhabi’s attractive malls, quaint souks and neon-lit shopping districts bring a whole new slant to retail therapy. Opt for haute-couture brands, hand-carved furniture of oak, rosewood and mahogany, gold, sold at not less than 18 carats, dazzling, richly-embroidered textiles or all the perfumes of Arabia – but not before trying your bargaining skills! With most options within an easily-accessible city centre, nothing is too far away. There is a vast array of quality restaurants and atmospheric coffee-houses with cuisine for all tastes.

Abu Dhabi’s climate is warm most of the year, with temperatures peaking during the summer months (June-August). Abu Dhabi island is on the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula’s eastern tip. A day trip to the commercial hub of Dubai is just a 50 minutes’ drive away.

ABOUT UAE

The State of United Arab Emirates on the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula and the coastline extends along the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman and its capital Abu Dhabi.

The State of United Arab Emirates, the second of December of the year 1971. A federal state comprising seven emirates: - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah. Has achieved since the establishment of the State and the achievements of the huge development in a short period of life time. Including, for example: --

Emirates is the third richest country in the world in terms of per capita income of $ 16,471.

Is the fourth-largest oil producer in the world productivity of 2.5 million barrels per day. In the area of social services, health and education have made several achievements of the UAE was evaluated: --

Lower crime rate, so that is one of the lowest in the world - 19 of 1000.

The spread of education by one teacher for 12 students .

The spread of health services by one doctor for every 311 patients, and by hospital bed per 853 patients.

Development of communications and transport by car per 6 persons, and a phone for every three.

FAST STATISTICAL

Official language: Arabic
Religion Islam
Currency Dirham
The number of ports 15
The number of airports 6
The road network and fast: Clio 3,171 meters. The number of vehicles: 354,000
The number of Cars 345,000