H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He assumed his presidential duties on 3 November 2004. Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father, the late H. H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as the President from 1971 to 2004.
How it was named
Abu Dhabi was previously called Milh or salt probably because of the salty water. Literally, Abu Dhabi means father of deer. However, it signifies land of gazelle. There are many theories about how the emirate got its present name.
Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates and makes up 87 per cent of the entire country. It lies on the coast of the Arabian Gulf and is bordered by Sultanate of Oman to the east, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the south and the emirate of Dubai to the northeast. It also enjoys a coastline stretching 700 km.
Abu Dhabi is the world’s eighth-biggest producer of oil. It has 95 per cent of the nation’s oil reserves and about 94 per cent of gas reserves. In 2014, because of the diversification policy, it maintained a GDP of AED 952.6 billion, and the share of non-oil sector was 49 per cent.
Estimated population around mid-2014 was 2.65 million (1,766,140 males and 890,308 females). Out of this, 507,479 million were UAE nationals and 2,148,969 million were expatriates.