Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and also the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast.
Abu Dhabi's rapid development and urbanization, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's center of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre.
Doing Business in Abu Dhabi
With a clear path set for economic diversification and expansion, regulations designed to support growth and innovation and a commitment to a secure world, Abu Dhabi is primed for economic growth.
Hospitality is at the heart of Emirati society, and those new to the UAE’s business environment will find that good manners and courtesy are crucial attributes for a successful business interaction.
Abu Dhabi has a strong sense of heritage, and offers a range of cultural tourist a range of interesting options. The careful attention paid to new tourism initiatives and programmes is leading to the Emirate emerging as a cultural hub within the region.
Abu Dhabi’s wealth of national museums, archaeological sites and art centres chart the rich and distinct culture at the heart of the Emirate. Tourist hotspots include Abu Dhabi Heritage Village and the beautiful Al Jahili Fort which provides visitors with the opportunity to experience one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. The Emirates Palace, UAE Pavilion and Sheikh Zayed Bridge are just a few of the many iconic landmarks in the region.
Abu Dhabi is undoubtedly one of the entertainment hubs of the UAE and whether seeking pleasure or leisure, the Emirate offers world-class attractions. Yas Island, a regional epicentre of entertainment, is home to the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World, and the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
The sheer volume of dining options and the wide variety of restaurants in the region can sometimes bewilder visitors. World cuisine mixes with traditional Middle Eastern dishes, offering a mix of international flavours and top-quality service. Hotels serve alcohol and many superb unlicensed outlets can be found.
From luxury goods to Arabian souvenirs, carpets, gold and food delicacies, you’ll find it all in the shopping centres, souks and markets of Abu Dhabi. Prices can vary but in general are reasonable, especially if you are good at bargaining! Most shops are open from 10am – 10pm, although some outlets have extended lunch breaks.
Shopping in Abu Dhabi offers a diverse experience with everything from sleek malls with the latest brands to small traditional outlets where you can buy perfumes, handicrafts and spices.
Travel to the International Exhibition for National Security & Resilience
The exhibition takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and can be reached by taxi or coach. A regular coach service runs between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, starting from the Deira bus station in Dubai and arriving at Zayed Sports City, close to ADNEC. The venue has extensive parking facilities for those arriving by car.