Abu Zaby (or Abu Dhabi), located on Abu Zaby Island, lies about 45 miles SW of Mina Jabal Ali. Besides serving as a port, the city also functions as the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi city is the head office of the president of the state and the government, and the headquarter of foreign embassies, oil and commercial companies. Located less than 250 metres from the mainland, Abu Dhabi is an island joined to the mainland by the Maqta and Mussafah Bridges. Yet, the city has many growing suburbs on the mainland.
Abu Dhabi emirate is an archipelago where nearly 200 islands are strewn along its coast.
With the longest coast line in the UAE, Abu Dhabi has a large number of offshore islands. Several of the larger islands close to the city of Abu Dhabi are being developed as leisure, business, and residential areas. The most known islands in the Emirate are: Lulu Island, Saadiyat Island, Al Reem Island, Yas Island, Das Island, Dalma Island and Al Futaisi Island.
The majority of the islands are flat, sandy and uninhabited, but each has its own character. Futaisi Island, a 10 minute boat ride south of Abu Dhabi, has a long history and is packed with interesting flora and fauna. Both Saadiyat and Yas islands have a range of exciting facilities and attractions