Abu Dhabi

About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the largest of all seven emirates. It covers an area of 67,340 square kilometers, equivalent to 81 % of the country's total area, excluding the islands. Its sandy beach coastline extends for more than 400 kilometers.

Abu Dhabi is a modern city with broad boulevards, iconic office and apartment buildings and busy malls boasting top international brands. Despite its naturally sandy environment, the city is known for its greenery.

The former desert strip has been successfully transformed, today offering numerous parks and gardens to its residents, including the picturesque Corniche. The more significant buildings of the city include Qasr al- Hosn; headquarters of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC); headquarters of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA); and the Cultural Foundation. Emirates Palace is reputed to be the most expensive hotel ever built.

Abu Dhabi emirate is the home of UAE University, Zayed University and the Higher Colleges of Technology. Its infrastructural facilities including a world class port; Abu Dhabi International Airport; Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Zayed Sports City.

The city's already extensive cultural and leisure facilities will be greatly enhanced by the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in 2011. The Guggenheim will be situated on Saadiyat Island, which is destined to become an up-scale cultural district. The Louvre will also be opening there, the first outpost of the famous Parisian Museum in the world. Abu Dhabi has secured the rights to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2009. The race track is situated on Yas Island where a Ferrari Park is being developed.