Brisbane's Sister City - Abu Dhabi

A Sister City Agreement between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi was signed by the Lord Mayor in Abu Dhabi on 2 February 2009. 

On this page you can find general information about Abu Dhabi, as well as download a key facts and opportunity sectors fact sheet.

About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the:

  • capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • seat of government of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is ruled by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the hereditary ruler of Abu Dhabi and also the President of the UAE
  • largest of the seven emirates of the UAE, occupying more than 80% of the country's land mass. It has a coastline that stretches more than 700 kilometres
  • wealthiest emirate of the UAE in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita income. More than $1 trillion worldwide is invested in the city.

Almost 200 islands fall under the Abu Dhabi territory. Abu Dhabi city is located less than 250 metres from the mainland and is joined to the mainland by bridges. It has a population of approximately 860,000, made up of mainly expatriate workers. English and many Asian languages are widely spoken. The native-born population are mainly Arab speaking.

The city features a Manhattan-like skyline with broad boulevards, tall office and residential buildings, and busy shops. The city is known in the region for its greenery, with the former desert strip including numerous parks and gardens. The waters of the Arabian Gulf surround the city.

Abu Dhabi is rich in natural resources. 

Over the next few years, numerous development projects are expected to be undertaken in and around Abu Dhabi including:

  • luxury residential and resort communities in the emirate's coastal areas
  • shopping malls and hypermarkets
  • low, mid to high-income residential communities within the main island
  • new self-contained communities.

Development on neighbouring islands will result in the construction of several infrastructure projects, mainly bridges, to facilitate transportation and to encourage businesses and consumers to invest in this development. 

Key facts and opportunity sectors


For more information visit the Abu Dhabi Sister Cities website.

Last updated: 8 May 2019