Abu Dhabi has transformed itself into one of the most exciting places in the world to work and play. A glittering jewel in the midst of the desert, Abu Dhabi was built on an island in the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the UAE. The city’s rapid development and urbanization has also contributed to Abu Dhabi’s becoming one of the most cosmopolitan emirates in the kingdom as well as being a major commercial and cultural center.
Abu Dhabi is now a popular destination for expats to settle and find lucrative employment. Many large corporations have set up offices in the city, offering great opportunities for foreigners who are proficient in languages and possess specialized skills. Abu Dhabi has also become a popular investment site due to its key location between important markets in the West and the East as well as having a wide range of commercial spaces which are offered on a turnkey basis. In addition, Abu Dhabi has many investment zones where foreigners can do business while enjoying a variety of financial and tax incentives. As a result, the city is one of the most multicultural in the Middle East, with flourishing expat communities from Europe and Asia.
The city is one of the major luxury tourist destinations in the world, with its many beaches and premium leisure facilities, such as malls and high-end resorts. But Abu Dhabi is also a city of contrasts, since its modern urban landscape lie next to vast deserts which boast of some of the most breathtaking natural vistas in the world; understandably, desert safaris have become popular activities for tourists.
Abu Dhabi is also a first-class shopping destination, since its malls offer many opportunities to find duty-free buys. But tourists who want to take home traditional handicrafts can visit the Heritage Village, where craftsmen display the fruits of their traditional artisan skills.