Abu Dhabi meaning ‘Land of the Gazelle’ in Arabic, was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm (‘barasti’) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, occupying 84 per cent of the national landmass territory. It has 200 islands and a long coastline stretching 700km. Its total area is 67,340 sq. km. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi offers an attractive business environment, a stable political situation, and a vibrant social and cultural scene.. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates. In 2010, the United Arab Emirates launched Vision 2021, a series of initiatives aimed at keeping the country at the heart of the global economy. Among its top priorities has been the fostering of a competitive investment sector, which has in turn further reinforced its economic standing.
Looking beyond well-established businesses, the Emirate has recently focused its efforts on backing and attracting ambitious talents from across the globe. With favorable regulations and supporting government bodies, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the preferred location for entrepreneurs and startups who benefit from facilitated market access and an encouraging business environment.