Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A sheikdom and city of eastern Arabia on the Persian Gulf. The city is the capital of the federated United Arab Emirates. With enormous oil revenues, the sheikdom has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Population: 552,000.

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  • proper n. One of the United Arab Emirates, on the southern Persian Gulf.
  • proper n. The capital of the United Arab Emirates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sheikhdom of eastern Arabia and capital of the United Arab Emirates

Etymologies

Arabic أبوظبي ('Abū ẓabī, "father of the gazelle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan was the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and founding President of the UAE.

    Media Release: Australian Condolences for United Arab Emirates President

  • Because now that Australia’s coming on board with international carbon emissions policies the Kyoto Protocol’s follow-up, that old coal-fired plant will become too expensive, while Abu Dhabi will remain a carbon free-for-all zone.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • In the tightly ruled United Arab Emirates, officials have opened the vaults to fund development programs in poorer regions outside Dubai and Abu Dhabi and plan to expand voting rights in September's balloting for a federal advisory council.

    Arab Spring hardening into summer of stalemates

  • 1Coral Economy Class services between Abu Dhabi and Dubai operated by luxury coach.

    ETravelBlackboard.com

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