Abu Dhabi is a diverse emirate with desert landscapes, oasis, mountain heights, fabulous beaches, warm, clear waters, multiple islands, an ancient heritage city and a modern cosmopolitan capital city. It is also the largest of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – a federation of seven emirates, or states, formed in 1971: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al-Khaimah. In just four decades, the UAE has grown to become one of Middle East’s most important economic and cultural centers. Renowned for its visionary leadership, the UAE has been at the forefront in the Middle East in the protection and promotion of rights for people with intellectual disabilities – or people of determination as they are admirably called in the UAE. Al Ain which is part of Abu Dhabi is the emirate’s heritage heartland and one of the world’s oldest inhabited settlements. Abu Dhabi is proud to be a place known for the friendliness and hospitality of its people, the vision of its leadership, and its recognition for the need for the development of a more inclusive and hopeful world.
On 15 December 2018, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance . The announcement aims to highlight the UAE as a global capital for tolerance and its approach, since its establishment, to be a bridge of communication between peoples of different cultures in a respectful environment that rejects extremism and emphasises on the acceptance of the other.
A vibrant and booming metropolis, Abu Dhabi is bustling with tourism and trade and recognized throughout the Arabian Gulf region for its balance of business and cultural offerings. The population of Abu Dhabi is 2.45 million – and growing rapidly. It is a vibrant emirate rich with history and heritage which is reflected in the variety of activities available both on land and at sea. Abu Dhabi’s history stretches back as far as 7,000 years – the Oasis city of Al Ain is the Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today’s residents enjoy living in modern, technologically advanced surroundings. Although Abu Dhabi is in constant progression with an ever-transforming skyline; its culture is firmly rooted in the Arab region’s Islamic traditions and serves as an example of commitment to tolerance and hospitality.