Abu Dhabi, is the largest of the seven emirates and the capital of the UAE.  It covers an area of 67,340 km2, equivalent to 86.7 per cent of the country’s total area excluding the islands.  Abu Dhabi borders Saudi Arabia to the west and south and Dubai to the east.  With 400 kilometers of Arabian Gulf coastline and a clutch of islands forming its northern boundary, it has a population of roughly 1.9 million inhabitants. 

There is a series of cultural institutions planned as a part of Saadiyat Island Cultural District development in Abu Dhabi.  Saadiyat Island will serve the world as a destination for the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of culture through the arts.  The three main establishments are shown in the above banner in the order:

  • The Guggenheim Museum  which is the center for contemporary arts and technology;
  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will present artworks from all over the world;
  • A Performing Arts Center to house 5 theaters – a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theatre and a flexible theatre with a combined seating capacity for 6,300.

The promotion of tourism and various tourism related projects is elevating Abu Dhabi to an outstanding status in the region.  As a leading regional commercial hub, with a state of the art infrastructure and a world class business environment, Abu Dhabi enjoys a booming economy with no corporate or personal taxes, and is one of the highest per capita income cities in the world.  Import duties only exist for specific products, and range between 1 to 4 per cent at the maximum.



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