Tuesday, 19 July 2011

World’s Richest City – UAE

Abu Dhabi is the 2nd largest city and the capital of United Arab Emirates. Located on an island in the Persian Gulf, in 2009 the city had an estimated population of 896,751. The city is home to several important offices of the government as well as is home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family. It has grown to a cosmopolitan metropolis. Abu Dhabi is the center of major cultural, political, commercial and industrial activities in the country. It is also a major financial center in the country being home to Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Central bank of United Arab Emirates and many other multinational corporations. It is the 50th most expensive city in the world.

Abu Dhabi is a major oil producer in the region and hence has a very strong economy and according to CNN and Fortune Abu Dhabi is the richest city in the world. Abu Dhabi is a place where on one hand you can enjoy the abundance of natural beauty including landscapes and beaches etc and on the other hand you will be delirious for the magnificence of human creations and architectures that redecorate the city reaching up to skies. In recent years this city has gained paramount popularity as a tourist destination. Some of the popular tourist attractions in the city include Al Hosn Palace, Al Ain Central Gardens, Lulu Island, Al Ain National Museum, Dhow Harbor, Al Jahili Fort, Grand Mosque and Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium.
Al Ain National Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the Middle East. Located near Al Jahili fort and Al Hosn Palace this museum is more than eighty years old, divided into two sections one is the Ethnographical section displaying household items, garments, silver and gold jewelry and many other items reflecting the daily life of regional people. The second section of this museum is the Archaeological section displaying artifacts and discoveries dating back to Iron and Bronze Age. This section also exhibits a very fine and unique collection of coins. This museum is a tourist hotspot and is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world.
This magnificent city is served by Abu Dhabi International Airport; it is the second busiest airport in United Arab Emirates serving nearly 12 million passengers a year. This airport also serves as a hub for many airlines mainly Etihad Airways, which is the second largest airline in the country. Most of the direct flights to Abu Dhabi are catered for at this airport including domestic and international flights. This airport also provides services to international airlines having regular flights to many destinations including China, Canada, Malaysia, Korea, UK, USA, and many other countries in the world.

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