Abu Dhabi, The Richest City In The World
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the administrative center of the emirates with the same name. It is headed by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the same time the emir of the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island, with opening to the Arabian Gulf (Persian). The city’s population was around 860,000 people in 2007 and it is projected that by 2030 the number of those who dwell in this city will exceed 3 million. In order to adapt the city for such a population, large projects are currently underway to modernize the infrastructure.
From the economic point of view, Abu Dhabi has traditionally relied on oil, and possesses huge reserves and the exploitation is expected to last for 100 years, but also it actively sought to diversify their investments and financial services in tourism.
Abu Dhabi’s etymology is uncertain, but there are several variations on the name. The most widespread of the stories claims that a hunter of gazelles (dhabi in Arabic) has hunted one until he reached this city. There he discovered a fresh water well and founded a settlement. This name has been used for more than 300 years. Previously, it was named milh (salt in Arabic) because of salted water that surrounded the area.
Parts of Abu Dhabi have been colonized in the third millennium BC and its early history of animal husbandry and fisheries of the region respects the pattern. The modern Abu Dhabi has its roots in a large confederation of tribes, the Bani Yas, which eventually took control of the area and what would become the city of Dubai. In the 19th century, Abu Dhabi and Dubai branches of the confederation broke up. By the mid-twentieth century, the city’s economy was supported by the increased number of camels that were raised, of the dates and vegetables in Al-Ain and Liwa oases.
Also, pearl fishing and collecting were conducted primarily in the summer months. In those times, people lived in huts made of palm leaves, known locally as barasti. Wealthy families lived in houses built of adobe. In 1939, Sheikh Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Shakhbut gave rights to research and to exploit the petroleum resources, and the first oil discovery occurred in 1958.
At first, the money earned from oil had a minimal effect on the economy. Several small buildings were constructed with heights and paved roads were first published in 1961. Sheikh Shakbut preferred caution, not knowing how long there will be oil fields and preferred to collect the amounts from the oil industry. His brother, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, noted that oil resources could help Abu Dhabi’s transformation. The ruling family of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed decided to replace his brother, and to pursue their vision of transforming the city.
On 6 August 1966, with the assistance of the British, Sheikh Zayed became the new leader. Following the announcement in 1968 that Britain would withdraw from the Arabian Gulf (Persian) in 1971, Sheikh Zayed became the main character in the creation of the United Arab Emirates. After the Emirates became independent in 1971, earnings from oil have continued to grow, transforming the city from a village of huts, in a modern city with banks, hotels and shops.
His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the hereditary leader of Abu Dhabi’s (UAE). Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan is the son of Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates. His half brother, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi is the site and has a major influence, the leader of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council’s Armed Forces and leader of Abu Dhabi.
Just 90 miles from Dubai, is born a new haven of luxury. The new pearl of the international tourism map is the heart of United Arab Emirates, and its name is Abu Dhabi. The $3 billion hotel that is built here is just a small part of the city’s growth story at the side of the Persian Gulf, which is ready to invest over 200 billion dollars to show that it is the world’s richest city. Arab States Government with Mudabala Development Company, headed by Khalifa Al Mubarak Khaladoon, a 31-year-old visionary plans to make Abu Dhabi investment in the city over the next ten years, totaling 200 billion dollars.
The whole city is a site; every street corner is scratched up skyscrapers, hotels, museums, hospitals and factories. They are moving very fast. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and at the same time, the richest city in the world. It has 420,000 inhabitants to “sit” on one of the largest oil reserves in the world, one third of the whole planet’s oil. Thus it is that Abu Dhabi has invested abroad more than a trillion dollars.
The vast majority of the tourists focus on Dubai, but the Mubarak Khalifa Khaladoon wants to call Abu Dhabi on the map and does not accept any comparison of the city with Dubai. Although Mubarak does not like to compare the two cities, even he recognizes that capital development is to learn from the mistakes of Dubai.
The differences between the two cities are immense. Dubai’s story is enviable. This small town has been without oil reserves; it has focused on tourism and commercial activities to survive, while Abu Dhabi has had to strive too hard to manage the economy. As long as oil reserves sit well in place, under the city, the development comes naturally. Khalifa Al Mubarak Khaladoon’s company has construction contracts signed with Algeria, Pakistan and several other countries, and this is contacted daily by Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, informing how the development works.
He has the role of an executive director in the economic expansion of Abu Dhabi. Although the buildings sparkle in the sunlight, the infrastructure is flawless and vastly green space than any other city in the Gulf; Abu Dhabi is awfully quiet, traffic is almost nonexistent and no nightlife.
And Abu Dhabi and Dubai are run by the most respected families in the area, Maktoum in Dubai and Nahayan in Abu Dhabi. The two families have ties of kinship between them, which makes comparison impossible absence of the two cities, to the disappointment of Mubarak. Dubai’s population was concentrated in a small community of merchants, which is growing rapidly. On the other hand, Abu Dhabi was a much poorer city, where the Bedouins who traveled through the desert refuge seekers and pearls.
They lived in huts in the city that is today. Only in 1958, British explorers discovered what would become the largest oil reserves in the world. Immediately after the British left in 1971, the family Nahayan remained at the head in the region. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Nahayan of Abu Dhabi city has become the leader and president of the United Arab Emirates, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum became the first minister of the Emirates.
Ferrari World, the first theme park dedicated to the Italian sports car manufacturer, opened 2010 on October 27 in Abu Dhabi. On the official website they published a list of the 20 attractions of Ferrari World. These include Formula Rossa, a roller coaster which lift the tourists to a height of 52 feet and propel them at speeds of 240 km / h in less than five seconds.
Another attraction of the park is G-Force. It is a tower 62 meters high that visitors are propelled to the top speed to recreate sensations during a Formula 1 racing. Tourists sitting on the chair are identical to that found in the Ferrari Enzo. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi has 86000 grounds but the roof is 200,000 square meters. The park does not belong to Ferrari, but to the company Aldara Properties PJSC, one that created Formula 1 circuit, Yas Marina.
Everyone knows something about the United Arab Emirates, some have heard that oil wealth has brought to the area, others know the beauty of Arabian Gulf, and the waves produced joy always warm and golden sandy beaches and rich Abu Dhabi. When it comes to the United Arab Emirates, the better informed know about the Burj Al Arab hotel that makes you dream even the most powerful people on earth used to luxury, and fans know about the policy reforms of the daring and successful Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s and site of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Abu Dhabi is a city as you might think on the streets wide with six lanes and skyscrapers that seem to open the trail to heaven. Journey through beautiful emirate Abu Dhabi has the opportunity to enjoy, above all, an unparalleled journey into the world of culture.
Long ago, when massive oil was just a dream, the local people, industrious and powerful tribes under the leadership of the Al Bu Falah Al Nahyan have built a kingdom of seafarers based on their courage, they went with their ships, skillfully forged up on the shores of Africa and India, bringing in Abu Dhabi, where gazelle, as interpreted, this name, all the wonders of the world.
Beyond merchants’ diligence, the brave people of the place they knew to take out of hot water pearls wonder that conquered the whole world. Of all these old treasures, you can admire the splendor and utility of today’s strength or the strong forts of Maqtaa Liwa desert.
Amazing journey through a rich history, Abu Dhabi gives a new surprise masterpiece Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Towers are ample with beauty reminiscent of the Great Moguls buildings, large courtyards reminiscent of Mecca and slender minarets rising towards the sky with golden domes. Believer, regardless of religion, looks stunning ode God raised through this extraordinary building, which is distinguished by an architecture that blends with the brilliance and splendor of the huge arches of the vast space that courts seem to be able to get the whole city.
Emerging from the Sheik’s amazing Zayed Mosque, remain amazed at the beauty of the modern city. A city in the desert longs for color to green and to nature. Bedouin love to see green in Abu Dhabi, which is perhaps the greenest city in the Arabian Gulf. Gardens you see, you besiege and offers a heavenly image. The heat is the garden which houses an entire city. Children, elderly, adults all come to these beautiful gardens full of flowers and incense, to play or just to enjoy the sun.
Often, people see even elegant, with laptops and cell phones that come out of the office buildings that populate audacious skyscrapers of the city to work in the charming garden. The service is moving in the garden. Abu Dhabi is a miracle for whoever can accept it. The lavish gardens of the city belong to the modern world of wonders, the 7th wonder of the world: Emirates Palace.
Gardens belong to the most elegant hotel in the world: Emirates Palace hotel; you can not get enough out from the elegance and the services they offer, so it was called, simply Palace. You enter through the famous gardens of the Emirates Gate charm – a stunning red, green to conquer your heart, all blended with the playful dancing of the huge water fountain in the Palace.
Visiting the Emirates Palace – entrance is free for all those curious – you are received in the privileged world for a few minutes. At lampadarele huge Swarovski crystals sparkle in the millions of pieces. The alley is petrified with date palms, which makes you understand the miracle journey through an oasis in a palace. Then you lose sight of the ceiling in the stunning Emirates Palace, the ceiling that leads you to look through layers of water and the impressive golden dome. Lingering, or even a few minutes in the corridors of the Palace gardens, you feel like happy and ennobled to get in a place which gates are opened in front of the powerful and wealthy of the world, but open in your face. It is a new miracle that only Abu Dhabi permits.
Streets and the old Al Hosn Palace around, the former seat of government of Abu Dhabi, palace gates famous for its unique in the Arab world or the city center where you are greeted with cheery symbols of the city: the cup of coffee and kettle. Here you can enjoy a shopping experience that Dubai’s site can not offer. No doubt you can find everything in Dubai, but Abu Dhabi offers you the opportunity to shop in peace. Abu Dhabi Mall offers the possibility of five floors and 5,000 stores you can find everything.
Then you have to make a stop to the fair gold’s famous shuk, where gold from India and Italy is united with pearls and silver, to give birth to the most charming jewels of the world. Only those who were on these streets can imagine what 10 tons of gold each day and sold over 500 tones of gold exposed in dozens of windows. Not recommended for those who love a place with too much passion gold, because excessive amounts can harm you.
Tourism is focused around stretches of sand. If the desert dunes are reserved for those few who dare to cross the warm sand beaches, pamper them all: from tourists who want to tan in a forgotten corner of the world, to those who prefer the comfort of a luxury lounge. Still, the Emirates have not excelled in the past in the “beach”, having a narrow strip of sand on the Gulf coast. The Emir of Dubai has come when the idea of building artificial beaches, palm-shaped, more practical than stretches of sand ring.
So were born the Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, where celebrities from around the world flocked to buy properties. United Arab Emirates are now known worldwide thanks to the optimal conditions for jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving and kite-boarding. Differences in the nature culture of the UAE residents could give you a clue to look for a few days, the beach and try to discover the lifestyle of the hosts. Instead of the usual desert camel tours, you can organize a fishing output together with the locals, who still use wooden boats and centuries-old instruments.
You might get to do so, and find a pearl. These gemstones were searched and then recovered by locals since ancient times. Almost as interesting seems to be the supervising of the construction of ships. Locals do not use plans, they make measurements “by eye” and have only simple tools. Creating a large vessel lasts even ten months, but a smaller one is ready in about a month.
Nothing seems to be impossible for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, after luxury underwater hotel Hydropolis, partially covered at Ski Dubai, Burj al Arab hotel and the world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai, has now proposed Dynamic Tower to build a rotating skyscraper 420 m, whose 80-story building will be continuous and independent spin around a fixed center of the cement. The building will be ready by this year. Five years later finalized Dubailand, the largest amusement park in the world, which will cover an area of 278 square kilometers.
On the place where, in 1761, some fishermen had to baptize Abu Dhabi (“son of Gazelle”) is today the capital of United Arab Emirates, one of the centers of the world oil business. Despite the rising relentlessly modern buildings, residents who do not believe necessarily in upgrading the area, urging tourists to contemplate the old buildings, real historical symbols. Qasr Al Hosn Palace has more than two centuries and boasts the title of the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. Here are headquarters of the Cultural Foundation, which organizes exhibitions of photography and traditional objects.
The capital hosts huge parks, such as the recently inaugurated Khalifa Park, worth $50 million, which has its own aquarium. Ecological spirit urged local people to build on the outskirts of the capital, a clean town of 50,000 inhabitants. Inside the car traffic will be prohibited. Travel agencies will recommend you, most likely during May to October to visit the city, if you tell them that you plan a vacation that includes cocktails on the beach and bathing in the warm Gulf water.
From June to September, due to very high temperatures, many hotels adjust their prices to attract customers. Before you pay to stay, check intersect with Ramadan, which falls in 2008, between 1 and 30 September. Visitors are asked not to eat, not drink and not to smoke in public places from sunrise to sunset.11