About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the largest of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, occupying almost 87% of the country's total land area. The city of Abu Dhabi is both the capital the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the federal capital of the UAE. Interestingly, the city is one of only four world capitals that is not situated in its mainland territories.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and also the President of the UAE (2004 – Present). His leadership is supported by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, which is chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Historically, Abu Dhabi was a small pearl-diving community; however, with the discovery of oil, in 1958, the emirate and its economy were transformed forever, making it into one of the strongest economies in the world today.

Abu Dhabi currently holds around nine per cent of the world's proven oil reserves and almost five per cent of the world's natural gas. However, as a result of the government's concerted efforts around an economic diversification strategy, over the last few decades, the non-oil sectors now constitute 69.2 per cent of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's total GDP*.

Over the past 10 years, Abu Dhabi has invested heavily in industry, real estate, tourism and retail. This includes an enhanced transport infrastructure such as: a new sea and container port, international airport expansion, and a proposed freight rail link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which is in various stages of development.


* Source: Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (Q3 2017)