Monday, 11 November 2013

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Abu Dhabi: The mid-east pleasure and surprise

Abu Dhabi” is the largest among the seven emirates that built up the UAE. The city’s importance is as the nation’s capital, government’s centre, business and finance, and the residence of its royal family. The name means as “Father of Deer,” concerning to the native gazelles that are important symbols of theit culture. The city lies on an island dominating the Arabian Gulf. 

In earlier times, before the oil was found, “Abu Dhabi” was a hub for pearl plunging and fishing; the wooden sailing vessels still seen on the harbor those were once used for these traditional industries. Abu Dhabi holds near about eleven per cent of the world’s oil reserves. 

The city is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the world; within just a few decades it has converted from a small Bedouin village into a multicultural metropolis of 1.5 million people

The government has taken several initiatives to support Abu Dhabi’s growing role as a global center of art, culture and business. Principal among these is Saadiyat Island Cultural District that will feature an unexampled array of museums and higher-learning institutions including branches of the Louvre, the Guggenheim and New York University. 

In spite of the speed of its development, however, the city is known for its unstrained lifestyle and favorable residents from all around the world, and still shows many aspects of its foundation in traditional Arab society.