in Abu Dhabi is modern, sleek and
shiny. The United Arab Emirate's
capital is often accused of being
a rather soulless place, but that's
going a bit too far: it's not exactly
buzzing but it does have its attractions.
from anything else, it's a big city
for doing business. Abu Dhabi is
by far the richest and most politically
important of the UAE's seven emirates.
It's hard to believe that this sprawling
city was a bleak fishing and pearling
village less than 50 years ago.
Today, it's considered safe and
secure for foreigners, although
demonstrations and political gatherings
are best avoided.
Country: United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Main language: Arabic
Time: GMT/UTC plus 4 hours
Telephone Area Code: +971 2
city of Abu Dhabi sits at the head
of a T-shaped island jutting into
the Gulf off the central western
coast of the UAE. The Emirate of
Abu Dhabi represents over 85% of
the total area of the UAE.
airport is on the mainland, about
30km (18.6mi) north-east of the
centre. The main business district
is barely 1 sq km (0.4 sq mi), bounded
by Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed and
Istiglal Sts to the north, Zayed
the Second St to the south, Khalid
bin al-Walid St to the west and
As Salam St to the east.