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Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

The name Abu Dhabi has a literal meaning of "Father of Gazelle". It is the biggest among seven emirates around UAE. The city is the most prosperous around the globe. It is found on an island extending to the Persian Gulf starting from central western shore. Lulu island is one of the most appreciated possessions of Abu Dhabi because of being imperative.

When pearling industry fell down, the whole city experienced hopeless distress. Emir Sheikh Shakhbut permitted the earliest petroleum acknowledgments on his land. It was in year 1958 where oil was discovered in the city. Starting with 15,000 citizens, the city was beginning to become wealthy.

The emirate is an affiliate of Gulf Co-operation Council. To the south it margins Saudi Arabia and Sultanate of Oman to the east, northeast is Dubai and to the north is Persian Gulf. The mainland where the city is situated is connected by bridges of Maqta and Musaffah. There is still one bridge that is presently being build up and is conceptualized by Zada Hadid.

A large number of Abu Dhabi citizens are migrant laborers from Philippines, Pakistan, India and other regions beyond Arab communities worldwide. Languages mostly uttered are English, Tagalog. and Hindi. Departers from India use Malayalam language.

The current Emir of Abu Dhabi is Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan successor of Sheikh Zayed Al Nahayan.

Throughout the year it is normally sunny. Hot and irriguous weather can be experienced in the city from April to September with temperature ranging from 40c and above. Sandstorms usually happens recurrently, which sometimes resulting to decreasing visiblity.

On months of November till March the weather is shivery. This season creates foggy atmosphere on some days. The city of Al Ain registers to have the hottest temperature during summer, though the arid region and cold nights builds a perfect getaway from the hot summer season.

Cabs and private automobiles are the dominant ways of transit in the place. Buses are present, but not usually availed. Some buses are servicing to communities of Baniyas, Al Ain and Habashan, and more. Service bus started to operate in Dubai during 2005.

The city is aiming to stand as "cultural core" of Middle East, taking this title from cities of Baghdad, Cairo and Beirut. Abu Dhabi is the center of many historical organizations like Cultural Foundation and National Theater.

National Archives, National Library and Institute of Culture and Art are contained in a concurrent, Islamic designed structure with extravagant tilework and sophisticatedly enhanced alley. The Cultural Foundation anchors finest expositions, the yearly Emirati film festival, regular film showing, theatre entertainment, and classical musical operas.

Al-Hosn Palace is originally called the Old Fort or White Fort. The castle was constructed behind 19th century causing it to be the most ancient establishment in the city. Actually it is among the few frameworks in the town that is above 30 years of age. The inside area is restricted, and is only utilized by Cultural Foundation as research hall, yet the garden is a cool place to relax.


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