Abu Dhabi is a financial, transportation, and communications center for a rich petroleum-producing region and the site of an international airport and an artificial deepwater harbor at Port Zayed. Oil : www.adnoc.com
Products include steel pipe and cement. Urban development projects have been important in relieving a housing shortage caused by rapid growth since the late 1960s. The main thoroughfare is the 7-km (about 4-mi) long Corniche, a landscaped, seafront boulevard. Abu Dhabi is the site of a research institute and a large sports center.
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The settlement was founded in the 1760s, and in 1795 it became the seat of the rulers of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The town had only local significance until the discovery of vast oil reserves in the area in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the years following, Abu Dhabi's economy and infrastructure developed rapidly. Population (1989 estimate) 363,432.
In a 1971 compromise, the city was designated the provisional capital of the newly formed United Arab Emirates; it was proposed that a new national capital would be built on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubayy sometime thereafter. The emirate of Abu Dhabi is the largest and wealthiest of the United Arab Emirates.
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