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. With a total area of 67,340 sq. km, Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the UAE, occupying 84 per cent of the national landmass territory. It has 200 islands and a long coastline stretching 700km. Abu Dhabi offers an attractive business environment, a stable political situation, and a vibrant social and cultural scene.
In 2010, the UAE launched Vision 2021, a series of initiatives aimed at keeping the country at the heart of the global economy. This was followed in 2022 by the launch of ‘We The UAE 2031’ vision that seeks to rank the country among the top 10 countries in the world in the scientific innovation index and in attracting international talent.
As part of this vision, the Emirate is increasingly focusing 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 that benefit from facilitated market access and an encouraging business environment.