The capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Arabian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping mega centers such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
Abu Dhabi is one of the safest cities in the world and a great place for families – The UAE is home to a wide range of universities, both public and private. The distance between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is only 150 KM.
A home to people from all different nationalities, the United Arab Emirates is a fantastic place to experience a variety of food, festivals, religions and traditions, and learn new languages living in peace and enjoying tolerance. Expats in Abu Dhabi can build their careers by networking with new people every day, and learn new ways of working. Bringing the past and future together; Abu Dhabi has formed an unprecedented partnership with France for cultural exchange; and the highlight of this would be the establishment of Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island representing the dynamic nature of the Arab world while celebrating the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage.
The diversity that Abu Dhabi hosts is reflected in many different aspects of life. For instance, while Arabic is the official language of the UAE and English being the language that is widely spoken and understood, a number of other languages also co-exist in Abu Dhabi which primarily include: Persian, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tagalog, and Chinese. Abu Dhabi being a global hub and home to many different cultures also affects the cuisine scenery in the city.
The food landscape of Abu Dhabi incorporates elements from other cultures, resulting in fusion dishes that incorporate elements from cuisines all over the world. Meat, fish, and rice are staples of cuisine, with lamb and mutton being the most popular meats; tea and coffee are popular beverages, with spices such as cardamom, saffron, and mint added to give it a distinct flavor.
Abu Dhabi's climate is hot and warm almost all year due to its location on the boundary between the earth's tropical and subtropical zones, with sunny blue skies and average temperatures of 35.5 degrees Celsius. Abu Dhabi is divided into three major regions (areas) that include the UAE capital city and its surroundings, Al Ain (Eastern Region), and Al Dhafra (Western Region). Al Ain is home to the lush landscapes and ancient history of Abu Dhabi. The green garden city of Al Ain (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in this region is home to historical buildings and a magnificent Oasis with 147,000 date palms and other fruit trees cared for by centuries-old falaj (irrigation systems).
Al Dhafra, which comprises more than two-thirds of Abu Dhabi, is home to beautiful beaches and majestic forts. This region boasts exquisite beaches and islands, incredible wildlife, towering sand dunes, adventurous off-road driving, luxury resorts, and ancient forts along hundreds of kilometers of coastline.