On the Arabian Sea the Emirate of Abu Dhabi projects out into the turquoise waters at the western entrance of the Arabian Gulf. Formerly Abu Dhabi’s main claim to worldwide recognition was the export of pearls, harvested by divers along the gulf coast. Today however the capital city of Abu Dhabi is also the capital and seat of government of the United Arab Emirates formed in 1971. Rapid development and urbanization since the latter part of the 20th century has transformed the city into a major center of political and industrial activities. Abu Dhabi has successfully diversified its economy in recent years through investment in financial services, real estate, non-oil business, industrial projects and tourism and grown into an ultra-modern cosmopolitan metropolis and one of the world’s wealthiest cities. Stable government has ensured Abu Dhabi’s position as a major financial center, attracting the foreign investment that has contributed to its emergence as one of the world’s largest oil producers and a giant of the petrochemical industry.
Abu Dhabi has dozens of islands just offshore, some created by land reclamation. The capital city of Abu Dhabi itself is established on an island just 250 meters offshore connected to the main land by 3 bridges. Adjacent to the capital city on a large natural island 600 meters offshore and connected to Abu Dhabi city by multiple bridges is Reem Island. A residential and commercial development providing refined and sophisticated living with all the local amenities necessary to an idyllic lifestyle close to the heart of the city.