Portal:Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi (Arabic: أبو ظبيAbū ẓabī, literally Father of deer) is the second largest city, capital and one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper had an estimated population of 896,751 in 2009.

Abu Dhabi houses important offices of the federal government, and is the seat for the United Arab Emirates Government and the home for the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's center of political, industrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi alone generated 56.7% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates in 2008.[1][2]

Abu Dhabi is home to important financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and numerous multinational corporations. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. Abu Dhabi is the second most expensive city for expatriate employees in the region, and 50th most expensive city in the world.[3] Fortune & CNN stated that Abu Dhabi is the richest city in the world,[4] although this is subjective.


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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الشيخ زايد) in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world.[5][6][7] It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates, who is also buried there. The mosque was opened for worship since Eid Al Adha December 2007.

The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by both Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by both Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets classically Arab. The design of the Mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture. (More...)


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A view of the UAE Public Library and Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi


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View of the Abu Dhabi skyline
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The Abu Dhabi skyline

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  1. ^ Gulfnews: Dubai contributes more than 30% of the UAE economy. Archive.gulfnews.com (2009-06-16). Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  2. ^ Gulfnews: Abu Dhabi and Dubai lead in contributions to GDP. Web.dcci.ae. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  3. ^ "Cost of living — The world's most expensive cities". City Mayors. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  4. ^ CNN.com
  5. ^ http://www.halcrow.com/html/our_projects/projects/grand_mosque.htm
  6. ^ http://palme-middleeast.com/melda/Press_Release_6.html
  7. ^ Regional buildings have never looked so good


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