25 - 27 Sep 2017

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center

About Abu Dhabi

About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United ArabEmirates and the country's largest emirate with over 1.6 million residents. Theemirate is a blend of diversity: from the contemporary chic of downtown AbuDhabi to the timeless Bedouin traditions of the surrounding mountains, desertsand the sandy beaches.

With anultra-modern infrastructure which befits its status as the economic andpolitical hub of the UAE, Abu Dhabi perfectly combines its role as a businessand tourist destination. From shopping in luxury malls to bartering intraditional souqs; from enjoying the miles of golden beaches, to relaxing inone of the city's many public parks; from the fine dining of the city's 5-starrestaurants to the unique pleasure of the desert safari - the options reallyare endless.


Geography

The city of Abu Dhabi is on the southeastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, adjoining the Persian Gulf. It is on anisland less than 250 metres (820 ft) from the mainland and is joined tothe mainland by the Maqta and Mussafah Bridges. A third, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, designed by Zaha Hadid, opened in late 2010. Abu Dhabi Island is alsoconnected to Saadiyat Island by a five-lane motorway bridge. Al-Mafraq bridge connects the city to Reem Island and was completed in early 2011. This isa multilayer interchange bridge and it has 27 lanes which allow roughly 25,000automobiles to move per hour. There are three major bridges of the project, thelargest has eight lanes, four leaving Abu Dhabi city and four coming in.[15]

Most ofAbu Dhabi city is located on the island itself, but it has many suburbs on themainland, for example: Khalifa City A, B, and C;

[16] AlRaha Beach;[17] AlBahia City A, B, and C; Al Shahama; Al Rahba; Between Two Bridges; Baniyas;Shamkha; AL Wathba and Mussafah Residential.


Politics

Politics Under the rule of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Central Capital District has its own local government. Members are selected through the emir. Councils such as the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and the Regulation and Supervision Bureau are responsible for infrastructure projects in the city. Finances are mainly through the state government.


Economics

Abu Dhabi is the wealthiest emirate of the UAE in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita income. More than $1 trillion is invested worldwide in this city alone. In 2010, the GDP per capita also reached $49,600, which ranks ninth in the world after Qatar, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg and many others. Taxation in Abu Dhabi, as in the rest of the UAE, is nil for a resident and for a non-bank, non-oil company. Abu Dhabi is also planning many future projects sharing with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and taking 29% of all the GCC future plannings. The United Arab Emirates is a fast-growing economy: in 2006 the per capita income grew by 9%, providing a GDP per capita of $49,700 and ranking third in the world at purchasing power parity. Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), currently estimated at US$875 billion, is the world's wealthiest sovereign fund in terms of total asset value. Etihad Airways maintains its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.


Culture

Abu Dhabihas a diverse and multicultural society. The city's cultural imprint as asmall, ethnically homogeneous pearling community was changed withthe arrival of other ethnic groups and nationals—first bythe Iranians in the early 1900s, andlater by various Asian and European ethnicities in the 1950s and 60s. Abu Dhabihas been criticized for perpetuating a class-based society, where migrant workers are in the lower classes, and suffer abuse which "is endemic tothe system". Despite the diversity of the population, only minor andinfrequent episodes of ethnictensions,primarily between expatriates, have been reported in the city.[citation needed] Major holidays in Abu Dhabiinclude Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, Eid ul-Adha which marks the endof Hajj, and National Day (2 December), which marksthe formation of the United Arab Emirates.



Customs

The combination of international influences anda strong commitment to local heritage hascreated an intriguing mix of new and old.

Abu Dhabi's culture is firmly rooted in Arabia's Islamic traditions. Islam ismore than a religion; it is a way of life that governs everyday events fromwhat to wear to what to eat and drink. The
UAE's culture and heritage is inextricably linked to its religion,and it is a shining example of Islam's true commitment to tolerance andhospitality.

Foreigners are free to practise their own religion and the
dress code isliberal. Women are able to drive and walk around unescorted. Among the mosthighly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, and visitors are sure to becharmed by the genuine friendliness of the people.  Despite the speed ofeconomic development over the last 30 years, Abu Dhabi continues to promotetraditional cultural and sporting events, such as falconry, camel racing and traditionaldhow sailing.

National Dress

UAE nationals usually wear traditional dress inpublic. For men, this is the kandura - a white full length shirt-like garment,which is worn with a white or red checkered headdress, known as a ghutra. Thisis secured with a black cord (agal).
Sheikhs and important businessmen may also wear a thin, gold-trimmed robe(bisht) over their kandura at important events.
In public, women wear a long, loose black robe (abaya) that covers their normalclothes - plus a headscarf (sheyla).
The abaya is often of very sheer, flowing fabric with intricate embroidery andbeadwork along the wrists and hemline.
Sheylas are also becoming more elaborate and a statement of individuality,particularly among the young. Headwear varies with some women wearing a thinblack veil covering their face and others, generally older women, wearing aleather veil (burka), which covers the nose, brow, cheekbones and lips.