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Abu Dhabi At A Glance

1. In less than 50 years, Abu Dhabi has been transformed from little more than empty desert inhabited by nomadic tribes into a thriving 21st century society. 2. Abu Dhabi is at the heart of one of the world’s most rapidly advancing regions. Abu Dhabi city is easily accessible from key European, Asian, African, American and Australian business centres. 3. Abu Dhabi city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The wider Abu Dhabi emirate occupies over 80% of the country’s total landmass. 4. Unknown to most, Abu Dhabi is archipelagic with nearly 200 islands dotted along its coast-island-hopping is a popular pastime. 5. Abu Dhabi is on its way to becoming a global cultural centre with the creation of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island. This 27 square kilometer island lying 500 metres offshore the UAE capital is being transformed into a signature cultural, leisure and residential destination. The island will be home to the largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions including the Sheikh Zayed National Museum the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum-all designed by award-winning international architects. 6. Emirates Palace is one of the world’s most majestic and opulent hotels. Often mistaken as the presidential palace, Emirates Palace is decorated with gold - leaf, marble and hung with almost 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Abu Dhabi has an expanding range of other fabulous hotels. 7. Abu Dhabi offers fantastic social activities. Choose from fascinating city tours, desert safaris, visit the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque- the UAE’s most imposing religious and national landmark or participate in a range of water sports in Abu Dhabi’s warm, calm water. 8. Visitors can experience an authentic taste of Arabian culture and heritage. 9. Abu Dhabi enjoys a subtropical climate with sunshine almost everyday. 10. Abu Dhabi is home to the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 1 November 2009. This international headline event joins an impressive line-up of world-class events which have enabled the emirate to emerge as a major global events contender. These include the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge endurance race, the annual Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the Gourmet Abu Dhabi gastronomic festival, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge rally, the Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race and the Al Ain Ain Aerobatics Championship.

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