Abu Dhabi Central Capital District
Abu Dhabi Central Capital District
مِنْطَقَة أَبُو ظَبِي
|Abu Dhabi Region|
Skyline of Abu Dhabi City as seen from the Marina on the coast of the Gulf
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|• Type||Absolute monarchy|
|• Emir||Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|• Crown Prince||Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|• General Manager of City Municipality||Saif Badr Al Qubaisi|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (UAE standard time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+4|
Abu Dhabi Central Capital District, officially "Abu Dhabi Region" (Arabic: مِنْطَقَة أَبُو ظَبِي, romanized: Minṭaqat Abū Ẓabī), also "Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area", is the municipal region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that contains the city of Abu Dhabi, distinct from the Eastern and Western municipal regions of the Emirate. Abu Dhabi City is the capital of both the Emirate and the United Arab Emirates, and has its own local government.
Geography and description
Besides the city and island of Abu Dhabi, the region contains nearby settlements such as Al-Bahiyah, Mussafah, Khalifa City and Mohammed Bin Zayed City, and nearby islands such as Al-Aryam and Al-Saadiyat. Khalifa City is in the vicinity of Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Mafraq and Mussafah are industrial areas, with the latter having a sea port. As such, the region is economically important. Settlements:
- Abu Dhabi City (main settlement)
- Abu al Abyad
- Al-Aryam Island
- Al Bandar
- Al Lulu Island
- Al Maryah Island
- Al Rahah
- Al Reem Island
- Al Samhah
- Bani Yas City
- Dalma Island
- Halat al Bahrani
- Jubail Island
- Khalifa Industrial Zone
- Khalifa Port
- Masdar City
- Mina' Zayed
- Saadiyat Island
- Yas Island
To the east of the island of Abu Dhabi is a national park with Grey mangroves. Arabic for "The Mangrove" is Al-Qurm (ٱلْقُرْم), and it is the name of a corniche that is popular amongst residents of the city, near Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street.
Grey mangroves in Mangrove National Park, to the east of Abu Dhabi
Emirates Park Zoo
In the area of Al-Bahiyah, near the Abu Dhabi – Dubai highway, is located the Emirates Park Zoo And Resort (Arabic: مُنْتَجَع وَحَدِيْقَة ٱلْإِمَارَات لِلْحَيْوَانَات, romanized: Muntajaʿ Wa-Ḥadīqat Al-ʾImārāt Lil-Ḥaywānāt), which hosts over 1400 fauna, including rescued ones, and allows visitors to engage with them. For example, in October 2018, there was a programme in which visitors could have lunch with leopards, particularly the Amur leopard.
Northern giraffes being fed by children
Abu Dhabi island has four highways and four road bridges which all connect the island to the mainland namely Sheikh Zayed road (E10) with Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road (E22) with Maqta Bridge, Abu Dhabi-Sweihan highway (E20) with Mussafah Bridge and The Abu Dhabi-Al Falah highway (E12) with Sheikh Khalifa Bridge.
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, also known as Salam Street, is one of the busiest streets in Abu Dhabi Island, and goes near the mangroves located to the east of the island. It connects Abu Dhabi with the mainland through the Sheikh Zayed Bridge.
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