Went to the doctor this morning to have my foot checked out. Luckily no infection, yet. Got some ointment and painkillers. Caught it just in time. Rest of day just rambling around the city. Some amazing architecture but not much else to write home about. I had a coffee and a fabulous strawberry cheesecake in this achingly chic niche coffeebar. Off tomorrow to Louvre Abu Dhabi gallery.

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The city of Abu Dhabi is located on an island in the Persian Gulf, off the Central West Coast. Most of the city and the Emirate reside on the mainland connected to the rest of the country. As of 2021, Abu Dhabi’s urban area had an estimated population of 1.5 million, out of 2.9 million in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as of 2016. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is headquartered in the city, and was the world’s 3rd largest sovereign wealth fund in 2022. Abu Dhabi itself has over a trillion US dollars worth of assets under management in a combination of various sovereign wealth funds headquartered there.

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“Abu” is Arabic for father, and “Dhabi” is the Arabic word for gazelle. Abu Dhabi means “Father of Gazelle.” It is thought that this name came about because of the abundance of gazelles in the area and a folk tale involving Shakhbut bin Dhiyab al Nahyan.

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