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French military base in Abu Dhabi by 2009

French military base in Abu Dhabi by 2009

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his country will open a military base in Abu Dhabi, increasing the Western presence in the Persian Gulf region.

Abu Dhabi promotes natural gas-run cars

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is planning to open additional natural gas filling stations next year.

UAE emergency responders in training

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, police have undertaken an initiative to meet international standards on emergency rescue operations.

Abu Dhabi buys AMD stake for $622 million

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- An investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government has bought an 8.1 percent stake in Advanced Micro Devices for $622 million.

Abu Dhabi establishes film fest

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmakers Harvey Weinstein and Paul Haggis are planning to attend the first Middle East Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, Variety.com said Tuesday.

NYU plans Abu Dhabi campus

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Abu Dhabi government will be financing a branch of New York University in the emirate, a report says citing sources.

Abu Dhabi museum has a good name: Louvre

PARIS, March 6 (UPI) -- Officials of the United Arab Emirates and France signed papers in a billion-dollar deal to name an art museum in the Gulf state the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Cleveland Clinic to build hospital in UAE

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Cleveland Clinic and Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development will jointly build a hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Halliburton wins Abu Dhabi cement contract

HOUSTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Halliburton Tuesday won a $70 million contract from the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Production for cementing and associated services.

Guggenheim to build museum in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 10 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi's rulers signed a deal with New York's Guggenheim Foundation to build a contemporary and modern art museum whose building could cost $200 million.

Guggenheim coming to the Middle East

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 9 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi officials say the emirate and the Guggenheim Foundation plan to build a 300,000-square-foot museum in the United Arab Emirates city.

Abu Dhabi to get two new steel plants

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Al Nasser Industrial Enterprises of the United Arab Emirates will build two steel plants with a combined annual capacity of 450,000 metric tons.

Abu Dhabi leaving Gulf Air

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi's government is cutting ties with Gulf Air to concentrate on its 1-year-old Etihad airline.

Chicago firm gets big UAE engineering job

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Chicago's CB&I engineering firm won a $130 million contract to design and build liquefied natural gas facilities in the United Arab Emirates.
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U.S. President George W. Bush (L) walks with Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, upon his arrival, on June 26, 2008 at Camp David, Maryland. The Crown Prince is scheduled to stay over night at the presidential retreat (UPI Photo/Mark Wilson/POOL)
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Abu Dhabi."
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