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Dhabi Means Deer

The second largest city, and capitol of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi sits upon an island that is T-shaped, jutting out into the Persian Gulf from the west coast side. The city of Abu Dhabi covers a huge area, some twenty six thousand square miles, and has a population estimated to be about 860,000 as of the year 2007.  The term Dhabi means deer in Arabic and some speculate that is a nickname for an original "man who chased deer" or even the "father of deer". 
Some of Bedouin origins claim that Umm Dhabi means "mother of the deer". Long ago Abu Dhabi had the name of milh, which means salt in Arabic. This was most likely due to the saltiness of the water. There is still an island on the coast of Abu Dhabi called milh. In any case, the region is extremely ancient and contains lots of history.

Home of the Emirati Royal Family

As capitol of the seven emirates, Abu Dhabi holds the federal government's most important offices and is home to the entire Emirati Royal Family. The area has become a huge cosmopolitan populous and is growing rapidly. The income average is quite high, causing the metropolis to become more and more westernized, surpassing most other Arab towns and cities in that respect.

Abu Dhabi signifies wealth and power

The city of Abu Dhabi is the industrial and political centre of the country. Abu Dhabi represents fifteen percent of the GDP for the United Arab Emirates, and is home base to some financial institutions of extreme importance to the region. 

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The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, along with being the corporate headquarters to many multinational companies and corporations are based in Abu Dhabi.

As one of the largest oil producers in the world, Abu Dhabi strives to diversify the economy by way of investing in tourism and financial services.
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Steeped in history

The emirate known now as Abu Dhabi was first settled around the third millennium BC, being mostly inhabited by nomadic herders and fishermen. The modern Abu Dhabi can follow its roots back to tribal confederations that were of note back into the eighteenth century. The Bani Yas tribe took control, including over Dubai until the nineteenth century when Dubai and Abu Dhabi parted company and went their own ways. Abu Dhabi became known for camel herding and growing dates and other vegetables around several inland oasis such as Al-Ain and Liwa. Pearl diving was a lucrative means of income, along with off coast fishing.

From pearls to petroleum

As petroleum became an important commodity in the late 1930's drilling became another industry although when oil was located in 1958, it did not appear to be all that important.

In 1968, the UK announced it would withdraw from the Persian Gulf by 1971. This led to independence for the Emirates and oil took on much more significance as an income source in the region. Soon the traditional mud and thatch huts were replaced with modern buildings housing banks and boutiques and finally high rise buildings. Abu Dhabi moved from being one of the most ancient parts of the world to one of the most stylish and modern.

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Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Conveniently located in the Al Raha Beach Area, overlooking a pristine ribbon of Gulf shoreline, Al Raha Beach Hotel is the ideal address for exceptional business and leisure travel experiences. Perfectly situated, our acclaimed hotel near Abu Dhabi airport is a mere 10 minutes from the world-class motor sports F1 racetrack, Ferrari theme park, retail mall, and a new 10-lane main access high way providing faster access to downtown Abu Dhabi. With special touches like a full-service concierge and complimentary shuttles to the main shopping malls, Al Raha Beach Hotel offers effortless access to the best Abu Dhabi has to offer. Overlooking a private Arabian Gulf beach in the dynamic Al Raha Beach district, surrounded by vibrant dining, nightlife, and attractions.
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
This Rotana City Conference Resort offers luxury in a superb location right in the main business district of Abu Dhabi facing the sea. Over 450 rooms and suites are complimented by Abu Dhabi's finest dining outlets and extensive meeting and event facilities. Our Zen Concept derives from Holistic Asian Philosophies with an added Contemporary twist. Zen is "uncomplicated" and "uncluttered". The aim of the Spa Team is to provide each guest with "me time" to simply rebalance and rejuvenate - allowing them the opportunity to be transported away from often complicated busy lives to a retreat of tranquility and calm. This is reflected through the finishes and décor within the Spa.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
The heat and bustle of Hamdan Street falls away as you step inside the cool Lobby of Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. Head to your stylish room or refresh with a frosty beer in Heroes, our sports pub, or check emails with wireless Internet. Your city-centre hotel is on Abu Dhabi's main street, surrounded by businesses, restaurants and shops. You're 5 minutes from the Corniche and less than 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi Mall and Marina Mall. Enjoy smart private Asian dining in Cho Gao Restaurant and Lounge. Foodies love the rustic Italian fare at Spaccanapoli Ristorante. Sample extensive buffet delights at The Garden Restaurant. DJs at our rooftop Level Lounge mix chill-out tunes as deftly as our barmen mix signature cocktails.
Hilton Abu Dhabi
Gaze out over the Gulf from the stunning 350m private beach at the Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel. Just 10 minutes from the bustling city center, this Abu Dhabi hotel boasts a well-equipped beach club, 3 swimming pools and a kids' club. Be spoilt for choice and dine in one of 13 restaurants and bars at the Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel.  Play a game of tennis on one of the 2 courts, work out in the fitness center or unwind in the tranquil spa at this Abu Dhabi hotel. Sample fine Italian cuisine at BiCE or enjoy live music in the Jazz Bar. Abu Dhabi attractions including Marina Mall are just 3km away, and Abu Dhabi racecourse and city gardens are a short drive.  All Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel rooms offer high speed internet access. Choose an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access.
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi
Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf Sea, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi is the first property to open in Abu Dhabi under Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana brand. The 5 star property offers 443 splendid rooms and suites with their modern design complementing the values of the contemporary Arabian culture, in an alcoholic free environment. The Beach Restaurant offers a contemporary atmosphere with semi-formal seating and a selection of regional specialties, Seafood, Mediterranean, Asian and Indian cuisine.  Guests can sit on the terrace to enjoy alfresco dining by the pool and beach. 
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
In the heart of the high-rise city on the Arabian Gulf's indigo waters, this hotel is surrounded by gardens and wonderful dining options. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi's 13 dining venues provide a wide selection of refined cuisines created by our master chefs. La Brasserie is a casual dining outlet featuring a buffet with a wide variety of international dishes. Enjoy one of the best seafood nights in town, with Friday’s Extended Breakfast and BBQ Night. Le Bistrot – a charming French restaurant, serving a vast selection of delightful authentic regional French dishes along with an exquisite selection of red and white wines. For tThai cuisine, try Talay - overlooks the blue seas of the Arabian Gulf and offers tremendous choice, from curries, to Tom Yam Goong, and is celebrated for its wide range of seafood.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort offers the seclusion of a beachfront hideaway, complete with a private lagoon, nearby 18-hole championship golf course, and a health club. Offering a  variety of water sports and diverse recreational activities ranging from sightseeing cruises to island trips, desert safaris, fishing trips, sand boarding, and city tours of Dubai, Sharjah, and Al Ain. Club guests have special access to the Club Lounge. A relaxing, upscale space, the Club Lounge offers complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverage options. Take advantage of the private Club Lounge where you can connect with friends, meet with your team, or simply relax by catching your favorite TV show. 
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