The largest and most populous emirate of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Abu Dhabi is home to more than 1.3 million people. The population is made up of 20% Emiratis and 80% expatriates.
A cosmopolitan city, Abu Dhabi has grown from its oil-rich roots to embrace a more diversified economy; the capital city now has a bustling tourism industry, supported by developments such as Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.
Regarded as the cultural hub of the Middle East, Abu Dhabi is home to a number of local as well as international institutions of cultural repute. Educational institutions such as New York University and The Paris-Sorbonne University have also chosen Abu Dhabi as their foothold in the region.
With a view to sustainable development and growth, both environmental and economic, the emirate's Urban Planning Council developed and released ‘Plan Abu Dhabi 2030’. A roadmap to ensure that the emirate grows to be a modern, thriving city, the plan touches on virtually all aspects of Abu Dhabi's growth, from culture and sports to real estate and air travel.
Abu Dhabi was named the safest city in the Middle East in the 2011 Mercer Quality of Living Index.