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Abu Dhabi and its surroundings

The name Abu Dhabi means 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic. The story goes that the emirate was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water on an island with no more than 300 Barasti (palm frond) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's fort. That modest island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan, high-rise UAE capital city. The gorgeous archipelago offers a mix of ancient history, rich culture and heritage, stunning nature, beautiful beaches, high-end luxury, surprising wildlife, family-friendly adventure, world-class shopping, renowned golf courses and a welcoming atmosphere.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Cultural majesty

Learn more about Abu Dhabi’s traditions and religion at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This must-visit icon is an architectural marvel that can house up to 55,000 worshippers and visitors every day and welcomes people of all beliefs.

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Abu Dhabi Corniche
Live life by the ocean
With eight kilometres of manicured waterfront, you're never far from something awesome to do at Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Yas Island
Made for fun
For epic adventures ideal for the family, head to Yas Island. Enjoy a luxe stay at W Abu Dhabi, ride the world's fastest roller-coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, take a swing at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, and soak up the sun at Yas Beach.

Do what you love in the city

Capital Sights


Insider tips on exploring Abu Dhabi


Frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi city.

No, Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates of the UAE. Abu Dhabi city is the capital city and the main city of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain are cities within the emirate of Abu Dhabi

The name Abu Dhabi means 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic.

Abu Dhabi was originally called Milh which means 'Salt'. The first use of the name Abu Dhabi goes back 300 years.