Abu Dhabi (Arabic: أبو ظبي, ʼAbū Ẓaby) is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. It is in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The city is on a T-shaped island going into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city is 972 km2 in size. The city had a population of 1.14 million people in 2015.
History[change | change source]
People started to live in the area and call it Abu Dhabi about 300 years ago. In the 1970s, the Bani Yas tribe made Abu Dhabi their capital city. Shakhbut bin-Dhiyab Al Nahyan became the leader of the city in 1818. People found oil in 1958 in Abu Dhabi. They started to sell the oil in the 1960s. In 1971, Abu Dhabi joined the United Arab Emirates and became the capital city.
Weather[change | change source]
Abu Dhabi is in a desert and has a desert climate. There is not a lot of rain but it does rain a little in the winter months. The average rainfall per year is 51cm. It can also be very hot. In the daytime, the average summer temperature is 42°C. The average daytime temperature in the winter is more comfortable at 23°C.
Tourism[change | change source]
Abu Dhabi has many tourist attractions such as the Abu Dhabi Louvre, Ferrari World and the Emirates Palace. According to the Department of Culture and Tourism, 4.9 million people visited Abu Dhabi in 2017.