World Trade Center Spotlight: Abu Dhabi

I would love to travel to Abu Dhabi, the capital and largest state of the United Arab Emirates. The photographs of this city show it to be absolutely stunning. The UAE is a state situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf.  It is a federation of seven emirates each of which is governed by an emir. H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the national president. The UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai is H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. UAE became independent in 1971 and Islam is the offical religion and Arabic the offical language.  Its oil reserves are ranked as the world’s 6th largest.

Abu Dhabi is a progressive Arabian city of over 1.6 million people and one of the world’s richest cities.  It has one of the largest oil reserves in the world and holds 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 5% of the world’s natural gas. There is also substantional investment in tourism, industry, retail and real estate sectors. It is also home to the world’s most expensive hotel, the 7- Star Emirates Palace Hotel, the Guggenheim and Louvre galleries, musuems as well as a performing arts centre. There are more trees in Abu Dhabi (120 million were planted over the last 30 years) than anywhere else in the Gulf. It is a diverse and multi-cultural society.

The WTC Abu Dhabi was designed by Foster & Partners.  It has a dramatic profile and 32,000 sqm of office space, 189 apartments, 270 room hotel, 80 services apartments, a 2,250 sqm convention centre, shops, restaurants and more.

Website:  (By far one of the most beautiful, interesting and musical website I have ever visited.)

Mission: To be the focal point of foreign trade activities in the city of Abu Dhabi by bringing together importers, exporters and service providers; to facilitate international business for companies of all sizes by ensuring stabilty which leads to overall economic growth.

Leadership: Ousama G. Ghannoum, General Manager

Exports:  $198 billion: crude oil 45%, natural gas, reexports, dried fish, dates to Japan 17.1%; India 13.6%, Iran 6.9%, South Lores 6.1%, Thailand 5.1 %.

Imports: $158.7 billion : machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food to India 17.5%, China 14%, US 7.7%, Germany 5.6%, Japan 4.8 %.

Services:  Organizing outbound missions to explore new markets, receiving incoming business groups. Up to date information related to trade activities in the region and around the world including furnishing profiles of business contacts, including manufacturers, agent distributors, service providers and others. Other services include secretarial, translation, and hotel reservations.

Contact Information:

World Trade Center Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 51133
3rd Floor, Najda Street
Aldar Properties
PJSC, Emirates Post Building
United Arab Emirates

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