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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Abu Dhabi...The Adorable Capital of the UAE

Gooood Morning World,

I woke up this morning, drank my cup of coffee, came to work and I feel like telling you a bit about UAE's lovely Capital, Abu Dhabi. You should know that Dhabi means Gazelle or Deer in English.

Abu Dhabi, by far the largest emirate, is ruled by the Al Nahyan family. It occupies 67,340 square kilometres or 86.7% of the total area of the country.

The emirate is primarily a vast desert area with about two dozen islands in the coastal waters, including the island where the city of Abu Dhabi is located, plus six sizeable islands further out in the Arabian Gulf. The population of the emirate is concentrated in three areas: the capital city, Abu Dhabi; Al Ain, an oasis city located near the Hajar Mountains; and the villages of the Liwa oases.

Traditionally, the population along the coast relied on fishing and pearling for their livelihood, whilst those in the hinterland relied on date plantations and camel herding. Through remarkable leadership and personal commitment, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan developed Abu Dhabi into an influential, fully modernised state. Upon Sheikh Zayed's death in November 2004, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.


  1. I really would love to know more.


  2. Dear Sarah, i love the idea to get to know more about the UAE and the Emiratis. I have been here for alomst three months now and meet so many interesting people from all over the world. I admire the way people in the UAE live side by side. If i look to Germany we have some discussion about national identity and the risk to loose our culture and traditions. What is it here in the Emirates. Do you fear the same?

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