18th biggest dollar volume trading country in the world is …. The envelope please.

There are approximately 195 countries in the world, although different numbers may pop up depending on the political agenda of the source. Surprisingly, the 42-year old United Arab Emirates, a country the size of the State of Maine in the US, was the 18th largest dollar volume trading country in the world in 2012. The …

Huge desalinized water requirements in the Arabian Gulf countries

The eight water-scarce Arabian Gulf countries – the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran – are among the largest water consumers per capita in the world. Saudi rates 91% higher than the global individual average. Qatar and the UAE are close behind at 83% of the international average per capita. These eight …

Abu Dhabi knows how to promote one of its investments with a splash!

Although this low fly-by by an Etihad wide-body Airbus 340 took place back in November 2009, the day of Abu Dhabi's inaugural Formula One race, the day will always be remembered by the 41,000 F-1 race fans, including myself, who packed the grandstands. Pride filled their hearts as Abu Dhabi’s national airline displayed its noble …

Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines consistently rank on the Top Ten List of World’s Best Airlines

Abu Dhabi takes personal service to the next level. So does Dubai and neighboring Qatar. Abu Dhabi’s national airline – Etihad Airways, and Dubai’s airline – Emirates, and Qatar’s national airline – Qatar Airways – consistently rank on Skytrax’s list of Top Ten Best Airlines in the World. Skytrax is a premier UK-based aviation research …

Ambitious and forward-thinking direction of Abu Dhabi’s Rulers

The grand scheme of Abu Dhabi’s leadership, and the staggering size and cost of the emirate’s capital projects, are detailed in my book, STAYING AFLOAT – Three Years in Abu Dhabi, a colorful and comprehensive taste of life in one of the wealthiest locales on the planet. Keep in mind that the emirate of Abu …

UAE voted Best Country in the Middle East to live and work

And … not to stop there … Dubai and Abu Dhabi were voted Best Cities to reside in the Middle East. The comprehensive 2012 UK and Dubai-based survey was collated from over 9,000 responses from twelve countries across the Middle East and North Africa.  The poll factored in employment opportunities, education, social and cultural factors, …

The new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi is open for business

Abu Dhabi’s new commercial port officially commenced operations on 1 September 2012 when it received one of the largest container ships in the world, the 366 meter (1,200 feet) MSC Bari. One of Abu Dhabi’s largest ever infrastructure projects, the port and its commercial industrial zone were delivered on time (2 years) and under budget …

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. …