Abu Dhabi means “Father of Dhabi”. Dhabi is a type of Gazelle so basically it’s the father of gazelle named by the early hunters of the Bani Yas tribe who discovered the island when tracking a gazelle and found a rare and precious freshwater spring. Al Hosn Fort is now built on the site of this spring. Abu Dhabi is the Federal capital and also the largest of the seven emirates covering more than 85 per cent of land that constitutes the UAE. Its long coastline extends for more than 400 kilo meters and was once the world's best waters for pearling and fishing.
In 1958, oil was first discovered here in commercial quantities. It holds more than 80 per cent of the UAE’s oil reserves and 11 per cent of the world’s reserve. This makes it by far the richest and most politically important Emirate of the UAE's seven Emirates.
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UAE - United Arab Emirates is a constitutional federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Abu Dhabi is the capital and largest city of the UAE federation, which was formally established on 2 December 1971.