Abu Dhabi Central Capital District

Coordinates: 24°28′N 54°22′E / 24.467°N 54.367°E / 24.467; 54.367
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Abu Dhabi Central Capital District
Minṭaqat Abū Ẓabī (مِنْطَقَة أَبُو ظَبِي)
Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area[1][2][3]
Central Region
Abu Dhabi Region[4][5][6]
Skyline of Abu Dhabi City as seen from the Marina on the coast of the Gulf
Skyline of Abu Dhabi City as seen from the Marina on the coast of the Gulf
Flag of Abu Dhabi Central Capital District
Coat of arms of Abu Dhabi Central Capital District
Location of the Central Region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi[6]
Location of the Central Region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi[6]
Coordinates: 24°28′N 54°22′E / 24.467°N 54.367°E / 24.467; 54.367
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Abu Dhabi
SeatAbu Dhabi
 • TypeAbsolute monarchy
 • EmirMohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
 • Crown PrinceKhaled bin Mohamed Al Nahyan
 • General Manager of City MunicipalitySaif Badr Al Qubaisi
Time zoneUTC+4 (UAE standard time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4

Abu Dhabi Central Capital District, officially "Abu Dhabi Region" (Arabic: مِنْطَقَة أَبُو ظَبِي, romanizedMinṭaqat Abū Ẓabī),[4][5][6] also called "Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area",[1][2][3] 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,[7] and has its own local government.[8]

Geography and description[edit]

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.[1][2][3] Khalifa City is in the vicinity of Zayed International Airport,[4] and Mafraq and Mussafah[9][10] are industrial areas, with the latter having a sea port.[11][12] As such, the region is economically important.[5][7] Settlements:[4][6]


To the east of the island of Abu Dhabi is a national park with grey mangroves.[18] Arabic for "the Mangrove" is al-Qurm (ٱلْقُرْم),[19] and it is the name of a corniche that is popular amongst residents of the city, near Salam Street.[20]

The satellite town of al-Wathba has a Ramsar[21] wetland nearby.[22][23]

Emirates Park Zoo[edit]

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, romanizedMuntajaʿ Wa-Ḥadīqat Al-ʾImārāt Lil-Ḥaywānāt), which hosts over 1400 fauna, including rescued ones, and allows visitors to engage with them.[4][24] For example, in October 2018, there was a programme in which visitors could have lunch with leopards, particularly the Amur leopard.[25]


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. The Abu Dhabi-Al Falah highway (E12) connects Abu Dhabi island to Saadiyat Island, Yas Island and other islands and to the mainland.[20]

See also[edit]


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  10. ^ Das, Parag C.; Frangopol, Dan M.; Nowak, Andrzej S., eds. (1 January 1999). Current and Future Trends in Bridge Design Construction and Maintenance: Safety, Economy, Sustainability and Aesthetics : Proceedings of the International Conference Organized by the Institution of Civil Engineers and Held in Singapore on 4-5 October 1999. Thomas Telford. pp. 563–. ISBN 978-0-7277-2841-8.
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  21. ^ "Welcome to Al Wathba Wetland Reserve". Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  22. ^ "Annual Report 2017" (PDF), Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, vol. 1: Culture, pp. 8–211, 2017, retrieved 2019-03-09
  23. ^ "Annual Report 2018 – Culture" (PDF), Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, vol. 1, p. 117, 2018, retrieved 2019-05-06
  24. ^ "Emirates Park Zoo and Resort". Emirates Park Zoo and Resort. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  25. ^ "Leopards now join guests at lunch table at Emirates Park Zoo". Gulf News. 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
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