The magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Back in Abu Dhabi, I was excited to again visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest and inspiring. Capable of accommodating 41,000 worshippers, the stunning mosque features 82 domes, 1,000 columns, extensive marble sculptures, the world’s largest hand-knotted Iranian carpet, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers, including one of the world’s largest …

Education is in the forefront of furthering “emiratization.”

The emirate of Abu Dhabi is on a mission to incorporate more Emiratis into the workplace and reduce its reliance on expats to further the advancement of their own people to lead the country into fully-emerged status. Higher education programs for Emirati students are undergoing changes to become more comprehensive in order to accelerate the …

Construction to begin in early 2013 on Louvre Abu Dhabi

On a recent trip back to Abu Dhabi, it was announced that the first Louvre outside of Paris will soon begin construction in the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, showing that the oil-rich emirate is still ahead of much of the world’s economic woes. The joint venture between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France …

Formula One comes to Yas Marina

I'm pleased to see the marina, whose development I oversaw, once again the focal point of Abu Dhabi's Formula One Grand Prix race. A beautiful photo of the marina can be seen here: http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com/en-gb/plan-your-visit/yas-island-new.aspx Read more about the building of this luxury yacht marina in my book.

Paperless classrooms in the UAE

Paperless classrooms are replacing textbooks in the UAE with an already popular systematic mobile product - the iPad. The country's goal is to place a tablet in the hands of every university student within four years. A partnership with Apple in California was formed last April and includes training services for both teachers and students.  …

Abu Dhabi’s Oil Reserves

Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates that compose the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi makes up 88% of the country's land area, and sits on 95% of the UAE's proven crude oil reserves, a number that represents 92.9 billion barrels. The emirate's oil reserves present in 2012 are forecast to last another 99 years …

Size of Abu Dhabi and the UAE

26,000 sq. miles (67,340 sq. kilometers) -- the size of the emirate of Abu Dhabi 24,341 sq. miles (63,043 sq. kilometers) -- the size of the State of West Virginia 32,278 sq. miles (83,600 sq. kilometers) -- the size of the UAE 32,599 sq. miles (84,431 sq. kilometers) -- the size of Ireland 33,625 sq. …