A modern city is rising in the desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as the oil-rich, tiny nation enjoys the fruit of its vast oil riches, discovered just over a decade ago.
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Background: A modern city is rising in the desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as the oil-rich, tiny nation enjoys the fruit of its vast oil riches, discovered just over a decade ago.
Abu Dhabi, is the temporary capital of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven of the small gulf countries formed two years ago.
Its building boom and the creation of its new, deep-water port is part of the growth, in financial importance, of the UAE in the Middle-East.
Abu Dhabi, the capital, has experienced an increase in the number of foreign workers (mostly in the oil industry) and civil servants in the population. And the increase in prosperity is being reflected in construction of low cost housing -- allocated free to people with limited incomes.
The harbour of Abu Dhabi, which is the only urban cents in the tiny emirate, has so far cost about GBP18 million sterling (45 million dollars U.S.) making it one of the best deep water ports in the gulf. A second phase of construction is now enlarging the number of berths.
The harbour expansion reflects the increase of commodity imports into the whole of the UAE. Consumer goods, scarce and largely unnecessary before the oil boom, now are flooding in from some of the biggest oil customers, such as Japan.
The traditional, colourful Arab dhows are still used for coastal shipping -- even to the extent of carrying their share of the luxury goods the increasingly prosperous people of Abu Dhabi are buying. But the larger parts of the improved harbour being given over to the larger ships is symbolic of the boom that has come to the tiny Middle East country.