The city of Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), a constitutional federation of seven emirates established in 1971. The city dates back to 1769 when it was founded as a commercial port. Its strategic location allows it to be a major trade center for the Middle East region. Houston and Abu Dhabi have a strong commercial relationship.
A major energy city, Abu Dhabi ranks third in the world for oil reserves. There are 71 Houston companies with subsidiaries in U.A.E. and one U.A.E.-owned company in Houston. In addition, Texas Children’s Hospital has an ongoing physicians program with the Ministry of Health of the U.A.E. In 2006, Houston’s seaborne trade with the U.A.E. was valued at more than $759 million, and air cargo trade was valued at more than $289 million.
Population: (urban municipality) 683,531
Country: United Arab Emirates
Latitude & Longitude: 24.4667ºN, 54.3667ºE
GMT Time Difference: +4 hours
Time Difference from Houston: +10 hours
Distance from Houston: 8190 miles/13180 km
Climate: Sunny/blue skies can be expected through-out the year. The months June through September are generally hot and humid with temperatures averaging above 40ºC (110ºF). The weather is usually pleasant from October to May. January to February is cooler and may require the use of a light jacket.
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Current Mayor: The Honorable Khalfan Ghaith Al Mohairbi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality, Agriculture and Town Planning
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