Father of the Gazelle – For a few places you can spot?

September 18, 2014 | Posted in United Arab Emirates By 3221 Views   No comments

Abu Dhabi when translated into English means as ‘Father of the Gazelle’. Abu Dhabi got its name when it was founded; when a young antelope lead a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm (‘barasti’) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The capital city of UAE uses mainly the income from its petroleum sources that is managed by ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). Tour operators usually take tourists to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Saadiyat Island, Yas Island, Cultural District Exhibition at Emirates Palace and the Heritage Village.

The city has several significant places to visit both naturally and culturally.



A gazelle is one of many antelope species. The name gazelle generates from the Arabic word Ghazal which means “elegant and quick. Gazelle are now an endangered species in United Arab Emirates and government is trying to protect it through various programs.

Abu Dhabi means “father of the gazelle”— as per the old story, Bedouin men found out the island in the eighteenth century, led by a gazelle in search of water. In the 1930s, the economy suffered heavily due to Japan’s commencement of artificial pearl manufacturing. This created an industry-wide recession. But, in the 1950s, oil was discovered and the emirates became rich overnight.

9% of the world’s oil reserves, vending machines selling bars of gold, record of the world’s largest flagpole, global cuisine to cater your taste buds, lots of sand, glittering tower buildings, glamour and glitz, luxury cars and boats are some of the aspects of living in UAE.

Explore Abu Dhabi at http://visitabudhabi.ae/

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