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Ferrari World, Future City and the biggest desert…how much do you know about Abu Dhabi? Understand in 10 points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates.

The inauguration of the temple has made Abu Dhabi the talk of the town. Due to the inauguration of the temple, there has been a lot of discussion in Abu Dhabi. Let's know 10 interesting facts about Abu Dhabi today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple on February 14. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates. On Tuesday, Emirate President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomed him and gave him a guard of honour. Abu Dhabi is the talk of the town due to the inauguration of the BAPS temple. Let's know 10 interesting facts about Abu Dhabi today.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates as well as the largest emirate. It covers 67,340 square kilometers and consists of about 200 islands. People generally know it as an oil exporter, which is also correct. But Abu Dhabi has many interesting things like Masdar, the 'city of the future', unique structures, ATM machines that give gold. Let's know about them.

  1. Abu Dhabi is divided into three areas – Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain in the east and Al Dhafra in the west. The city of Abu Dhabi is the commercial and cultural center of the emirate. Located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the city includes several islands, including the world-famous Yas Island. Al Ain has many important cultural heritages. Abu Dhabi's highest peak, Jebel Hafit, is also located here at 1,240 meters above sea level. Al Dhafra is an agriculturally important centre. There are many oil and gas fields here.
  2. A city of the future is being built in Abu Dhabi. The name is Masdar. The city is planned to run entirely on clean energy. It will be a sustainable, low carbon eco-city. Its construction began in 2008 and so far 15 billion dollars have been invested in the construction of the city. About 40,000 people live in the city of Masdar. The city will be powered by solar energy. The energy provided by 87,777 solar panels installed in a 22-hectare area will meet the needs of this unique city in the world.
  3. Abu Dhabi is counted among the top cities in the world when it comes to security of citizens. It has been declared the safest city in the world in international rankings. The city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates topped the 2024 Safety Index list released by database website Numbio. As of 2017, Abu Dhabi continues to be the safest city in this list of 329 global cities.
  4. The police vehicles there are also a center of attraction for people coming to Abu Dhabi. In fact, the Abu Dhabi Police Force is famous for its fleet of luxury police cars. Police use many premium cars like Ford Taurus, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Volkswagen Touareg to patrol the streets and catch criminals. The color of these vehicles is white and maroon. Along with this, the royal symbol of Abu Dhabi has also been created.
  5. For automobile lovers, there is also a theme park called Ferrari World, built on a Ferrari. It is the largest indoor theme park in the world, spread over 1.65 million square feet. The park's rides are admired worldwide for their offbeat design. Here is the world's fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa, which is capable of going from 0 to 240 kmph in 4.9 seconds.
  6. The largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is also counted among the largest mosques in the world. Famous for its beautiful design, this mosque has 82 domes and over 1,000 pillars. Also, the world's largest hand-woven carpet is laid here. This mosque was inaugurated in 2007 after 11 years of work.
  7. The world's largest continuous sand desert can be found in Abu Dhabi. The name of this desert is Rub al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter. Spread over an area of ​​approximately 560,000 square kilometers, the desert straddles the borders of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen, apart from the UAE. Large sand dunes up to 250 meters (820 ft) high can be seen in the Rub al Khali desert.
  8. A lot of gold is traded in the Gulf countries. But Abu Dhabi is different in the sense that there are regular ATM machines for gold. A person has to put money into this vending machine, after which a gold brick comes out of the machine in a box. A purchase receipt is also available with the box. Such machines can be seen in many places in Abu Dhabi.
  9. Prior to 1958, the emirate's main industry was the export of pearls. After the discovery of oil, Abu Dhabi has become one of the world's leading energy producers. About 3.5 million barrels of crude oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas are produced here a day. However, the emirate has now started making big strides in renewable energy. World's largest solar energy field has been built in Noor Abu Dhabi. The Arab world's first nuclear power plant is also built here. The emirate plans to meet 50 percent of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030.
  10. Medical tourism industry is growing very fast in the world. Abu Dhabi is at the forefront of this industry. According to the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), Abu Dhabi is ranked 8th for medical tourism in the 2020-2021 ranking. It is ranked 9th in terms of quality of facilities and services. The Indian tourist community is the largest ethnic community in the UAE. This is about 30 percent of the country's population.
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