Large UAE solar project launched

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 18 (UPI) -- Launching the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world in Abu Dhabi represents a milestone for Middle East energy, an executive said.

Wintershall posts production record

KASSEL, Germany, March 12 (UPI) -- German energy company Wintershall said Tuesday that oil from Libya and natural gas from Russia helped break production records.

Taqa restarts Brent pipeline system

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 7 (UPI) -- The Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. said Thursday it started restoring the flow of oil through the Brent pipeline system following a weekend shutdown.

North Sea oil pipeline remains closed

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 6 (UPI) -- The Brent crude oil pipeline system in the North Sea will reopen only after internal safety checks confirm its safe to do so, said operator Taqa.

Emirati coup trial raises rights concerns

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 4 (UPI) -- Human rights groups say a trial for Islamists suspected of plotting against the Emirati government is unjust, though Abu Dhabi maintains it has good reason.

Taqa reports new incident in North Sea

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 4 (UPI) -- The Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. reported that an oil release from a platform in British waters of the North Sea has been contained.

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Man tries to swallow fake bank notes

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A man in Abu Dhabi who was allegedly promoting and selling fake bank notes attempted to hide them by swallowing them, United Arab Emirates officials said.

China displays military gear

BEIJING, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Products from Chinese military companies reportedly stirred interest at this year's International Defense Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

Textron debuts new combat vehicles

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. manufacturer Textron Marine and Land Systems has introduced two new vehicles to its Commando family of products.

Serbian UAE firms to develop missile

BELGRADE, Serbia, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Development of a new cruise missile system is to be worked on by companies in the United Arab Emirates and Serbia.

Boeing partners for cybersecurity

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- An agreement to jointly provide cybersecurity solutions for data and national infrastructure protection has been signed by U.S. and UAE companies.

Russia: UAE seeking more weapons

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates is in the market for more Russian-made weapons, Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov said over the weekend.

Multi-language software unveiled

CAMBRIDGE, England, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- New software for sensor and control systems by Britain's Blighter Surveillance Systems is available in multiple languages, including Arabic and Korean.

Thales, Renault team for coms systems

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- French companies Renault Trucks Defense and Thales are working to develop digitized vehicle mission systems for real-time communications between vehicles.
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Abu Dhabi
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)

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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