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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.

Craig Lee, Cabrero-Bello tied for European Tour lead

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Craig Lee, riding a 4-under-par second nine Friday, pulled into a tie for first after two rounds of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

14 injured in 57-car pile-up in United Arab Emirates

ABU SAMRAH, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A multiple-vehicle crash on Al Ain-Abu Dhabi road in the United Arab Emirates early Thursday left at least 14 people injured, authorities said.

Three-way tie for European Tour lead at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Romain Wattel had a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 Thursday in earning a share of the lead at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
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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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