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Rig worker dies in North Sea incident

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scottish police Thursday launched an investigation after a rig worker died after falling into the North Sea while working on the Harding platform off Aberdeen.
Kerry: China prepared to make sure North Korea drops nuclear program

Kerry: China prepared to make sure North Korea drops nuclear program

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders have made it clear North Korea must eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Water crisis brings threats of Mideast war, terrorism: report

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Satellite data released by the University of California, Irvine, shows the world's water supply is disappearing fast because of agricultural demand, an expanding population, energy production and climate change, with the Middle East, Africa and Asia in particular facing crisis in the next few years.

Report: Pakistan to buy Yuan-class submarines

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Commentator Farhan Bokhari says that Pakistan later this year will buy six Yuan-class submarines from China.
Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to South Korea comes at a time when there is "too much tension" in the region.
Richard Branson promises to take family to space in 2014

Richard Branson promises to take family to space in 2014

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Speaking to investors in Abu Dhabi, billionaire Richard Branson said Virgin Galactic, his near-space venture for paying customers, will launch in 2014.
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Kerry to reaffirm U.S.-South Korea ties in Seoul

Kerry to reaffirm U.S.-South Korea ties in Seoul

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will "reaffirm the strength" of U.S.-South Korean ties when he meets with officials in Seoul this week, the State Department said.

UAE to evaluate Russian-made mortars

MOSCOW, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Russian-made 82mm mortars are to be tested and evaluated by the United Arab Emirates following their display at an arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Mideast looks at $50B to spend on solar power by 2020

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Middle East, spearheaded by the oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies, could spend up to $50 billion on developing solar power over the next seven years, says the Middle East Solar Industry Association.

Emirates closes Muslim Brotherhood branches

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi's Federal Supreme Court Tuesday ordered the closure of all branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab Emirates.
Mickelson, Day move up in world golf rankings

Mickelson, Day move up in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson regains the world No. 4 ranking and Jason Day re-enters the Top 10 in Monday's update of the men's world golf rankings.

Larrazabal wins Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Pablo Larrazabal made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Lee has lead, Mickelson within two, at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Lee has lead, Mickelson within two, at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson burst into contention with a 63 Saturday and trails leader Craig Lee by two strokes at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
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Abu Dhabi (Arabic: أبو ظبي‎ Abū ẓabī, literally Father of gazelle) is the capital and the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates, It is also the seat of government of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is ruled by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – the current ruling Emir of the UAE. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper, making up an area of 67,340 km2 (26,000 sq mi), has an estimated population of 860,000 in 2007.

Abu Dhabi is the houses important offices of the federal government, including the Federal National Council. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi. Today the city is the country's center of political, industrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi alone generates 55% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is home to important financial institutions such as the, the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and numerous multinational corporations. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. Abu Dhabi is the third most expensive city in the region, and 26th most expensive city in the world.

The etymology of "Abu Dhabi" is uncertain but many possibilities exist. The area had a lot of Dhibaa and was nicknamed after that. Another story reveals that its eponym, a man who used to chase "Dhabi" was named the "father" of the animal and the name caught on. Abu Dhabi was previously called Milh or salt, "probably because of the salty water. Even now, this is the name of an island of the coast of Abu Dhabi.

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