Abu Dhabi is the second largest Emirate out of 7 but by far the richest - generating over 56% of the total GDP of the UAE. Abu Dhabi is only 67,340 kilometres squared, and has a population of around 2.65 million (2014 estimate). Furthermore, it's one of the richest countries in the world.
Although Abu Dhabi is primarily known for its extensive oil and gas reserves that generate a substantial bulk of the country’s GDP, the financial services sector is slowly gaining momentum by capitalising on its strategic location, political and economic stability and well-established transport links.
As an emerging financial centre in the Middle East, there are opportunities for a wide range of services including banking, insurance, wealth management, trusts, legal, asset management and capital market activities. The government’s commitment to diversifying the oil-based economy is witnessed in the recent pro-business initiatives such as establishment of free trade zones and investment on infrastructural projects.
As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is not just an advanced metropolis with high-rise buildings serving as centres of commercial activities, but acts as a gateway to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Middle East.