Prior to the discovery of oil in 1958, Abu Dhabi was basically a poor, rural wasteland but it now has one of the highest per-capita incomes in the world. Abu Dhabi City is the capital of the UAE and has a population of 250,000 people. It is modern, clean city with high rise buildings interspersed with palm trees. Attractions include the Petroleum Exhibition, souks, an old palace and many newer palaces owned by local sheiks. The corniche (a walled coastal road) runs for about 8 miles (13 km) - it's a lovely boulevard along the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. The city also has an attractive park with beautiful flower gardens and a 2,200 year-old tomb, known as the Round Structure.
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