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8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Abu Dhabi

Increase your knowledge of Abu Dhabi with these interesting facts

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8 October 2017

Last updated on 8 October 2017
8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Abu Dhabi

Living in the UAE, you start picking up facts about the different emirates along the way. Most people most probably know that Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and that it is the biggest of the seven emirates. But did you know that Abu Dhabi is six times bigger than the rest of the emirates combined?

Here are 8 other facts about Abu Dhabi that you might not have known:  

1. Abu Dhabi means “Father of the Gazelle”

It isn’t clear where the name ‘Abu Dhabi’ came from. But when translated directly from Arabic, it means “Father of the Gazelle.

2. The Yas Marina Circuit cost an estimated AED 3.6 billion to construct and is the most technologically advanced circuit in the world.

The track can be split into two tracks to host two races simultaneously. The 5.55 km track covers 21 hectares and has 21 turns.

Facts about Abu Dhabi

3. Abu Dhabi consists of 700 kilometres coastline and has 200 islands

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4. Abu Dhabi was designed by Japanese architect Dr Takahashi in 1967 with the guidance of Sheikh Zayed.

The city was originally built for 40,000 people but over time increased to be able to accommodate over 600,000 people.

5. Abu Dhabi produced 93,075 tons of dates in 2015

8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Abu Dhabi

6. In 2015 Abu Dhabi had 383 887 camels

7. The Capital Gate Building leans more than the tower of Pisa!

The building slopes at an 18-degree angle which is 14 degrees more than the tower of Pisa. It is the furthest leaning building in the world.

8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Abu Dhabi

8. Al Ain is a world heritage location

Al Ain is described as an “important testimony to the transition of cultures in the region from hunting and gathering to sedentarization.” UNESCO sites in Al Ain include the Jebel Hafeet Tombs, Bida Bint Saud and Al Ain Oases to mention a few.