City Hopper: Abu Dhabi, UAE
My next adventure takes me to the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. I am actually staying at the Jebel Ali Resort which is located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi but since I wrote about Dubai in one of my City Hopper blogs the last time I was here (CLICK HERE to read that blog), I figured I would write about Abu Dhabi this time around.
Abu Dhabi is the capital as well as the second biggest city in the United Arab Emirates in terms of population. The population of this city was 621,000 in 2012. It is the seat for the UAE government as well as a highly cosmopolitan city. The city of Abu Dhabi alone generated 56.7% of the GDP of the UAE in 2008.
You can find the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and many multinational corporations in this city as well. Abu Dhabi is also one of the world’s largest producers of oil but has recently started to try to diversify its economy through investments in financial services and tourism.
Abu Dhabi is the second most expensive city for expatriate employees in the region, and the 67th most expensive city in the world. Fortune Magazine and CNN stated that Abu Dhabi is the richest city in the world. (source: Wikipedia) Abu Dhabi has over 2,000 parks and gardens and 400 km of beaches of which 10 km are public beaches.
So you might be asking what is there to do in Abu Dhabi? Well there’s actually a lot. When you tire of the beaches you can go shopping if you want to get indoors a bit or if you haven’t had enough of the great outdoors you can take a Desert Balloon Expedition, do some desert camping or…
even go sand boarding and skiing.
So as you can see there’s plenty to do and see here! Here’s a nice little video I found with some sites of Abu Dhabi. Enjoy!