Abu Dhabi things To Do - activities, hotels, golf courses & car rental
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Abu Dhabi is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. With an area of 67,340 km², Abu Dhabi, as the largest emirate, occupies 86% of all land in the United Arab Emirates. The emirate is also home to the national capital, namely the city of Abu Dhabi. The emirate has 2,908,173 inhabitants, making it the emirate with the most inhabitants after Dubai. The administration of the United Arab Emirates, as well as many embassies and many petroleum companies are also based in the emirate.
In 1939, under the leadership of Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, an oil search was conducted, which was found in 1958. The find improved the economy, concrete houses were built and in 1961 the first paved roads were built. Sheikh Shakhbut saw the oil as a long-term investment, but his brother wanted to use the oil resources immediately to modernize the country. This made the sheikh's brother, Zayid bin Sultan al Nuhayyan, ruler of the country. He became Sheikh of Abu Dhabi on August 6, 1966.
Abu Dhabi became independent in 1971, largely thanks to Zayed's efforts. Abu Dhabi joined forces with six other emirates and became part of the United Arab Emirates.
Sports in Abu Dhabi
- Golf: Abu Dhabi has six golf clubs. The most famous is the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. This has 2x18 holes, which are spread over 162 hectares of land. Designed by Peter Harradine in 1998 and featuring seven saltwater lakes, the course was later upgraded to 33 bunkers and six new tees, leading the club to host the 2006 Abu Dhabi European Tour Golf Championship. The clubhouse is shaped like a falcon.
- Tennis: An exhibition tournament, the first Capitala World Championship, was played at the International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City during the turn of the year 2009-2010. The six participants were Nikolaj Davydenko, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Robin Söderling and Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal won the final against Soderling 7-6, 7-5.
- Formula 1: The Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi every year. The first Grand Prix was held here on the weekend of October 31 and November 1, 2009.