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Abu Dhabi

Full nameCity of Abu Dhabi
Official nameCity of Abu Dhabi
Native nameأبوظبي "'Abū Dhabi"
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
TypeConstitutional monarchy
SheikhKhalifa bin Zayed
Crown PrinceMohammed bin Zayed
Total Area26 sq mi (67.34 km2)
Total Population896751 (2009)
Density (pop.)13317/km2 (34491/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUAE standard time (UTC+4)

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Abu Dhabi ( ), literally Father of gazelle, is the capital and the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper had an estimated population of 896,751 in 2009.

Abu Dhabi houses important offices of the federal government, and is the seat for the United Arab Emirates Government and the home for the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's center of political, industrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi alone generated 56.7% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

Abu Dhabi is home to important financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and numerous multinational corporations. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism.

Abu Dhabi is the second most expensive city for expatriate employees in the region, and 50th most expensive city in the world. Fortune & CNN stated that Abu Dhabi is the richest city in the world.

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