Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi, the Federal Capital of the United Arab Emirates, will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013. The emirate boasts year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Known around the world for its massive oil reserves and the world's 3rd largest mosque, Abu Dhabi combines the distinct Arabic hospitality and mystique with world-class infrastructure. All of these qualities make it easy to understand why Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest growing tourism and sporting destinations in the world.

As well as hosting FIFA Club World Cup in 2009, Abu Dhabi welcomed the first ever F1™ Grand Prix to its shores the same year. Future developments include the multi-experiential Desert Islands nature-based destination; Saadiyat Island's Culture District which will offer visitors new branches of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums; and a state of the art, carbon free city. These ambitious flagship projects are part of a comprehensive, long-term strategy to elevate Abu Dhabi's status as a truly international destination of distinction.

The city of Abu Dhabi is the home of several important financial institutions like the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the corporate headquarters of many companies and corporations. Abu Dhabi, which is one of the world's largest producers of oil, has actively attempted to expand its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism.

Football
Along with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, football is the most popular sport in Abu Dhabi, which hosted several important tournaments like the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2003, the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009 and 2010, the AFC Asian Cup 1996 and the Gulf Cup 2007, which United Arab Emirates won for the first time.

There are several established and famous clubs that are based in Abu Dhabi, including Al Wahda, Al Jazira, Al Dhafra and Bani Yas, who all play in the top flight. The city of Abu Dhabi is famous also for Sheikh Zayed stadium, which was previously the venue of the UAE 2003 final and the final of the two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup.