Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is not only the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, but also the capital. It is located in the northeast part of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula and is in fact an island connected to the mainland just 250 metres away by the Mussafah and Maqta bridges.

In years gone by Abu Dhabi was well known for its pearl business as the Persian Gulf was reputed to have the best pearls in the world. Of course today, the region is perhaps best known for its huge oil reserves and it was in the 1930s that that oil exploration first began.

The climate in Abu Dhabi is best described as a hot desert climate with the hottest average temperatures of around 38°C (100°F) in the months of June to September. A more pleasant time to visit is during their cooler season, which is from November to March, with average temperatures ranging from between 19°C (68°F) to 24°C (77°F).

The main airport is the impressive Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), which the main hub for the national carrier, Etihad Airways. Local bus services are a relatively new thing in Abu Dhabi, having only been introduced in 2008. However today you will find extensive regional routes from the centre of the city to outside the city.

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