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A view of the Burj Khalifa tower is seen in downtown Dubai, in this May 10, 2011 file photo. In September 2012, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven Gulf emirates, told state employees that if they lived outside its city limits they would not be eligible for housing allowance, which accounts for about a third of their salaries. The government has said the new rule was aimed at cutting traffic and road accidents, a nod to the risk of commuting on the busy desert highway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But analysts and industry experts say the policy is designed to help absorb a glut of new high-end homes in Abu Dhabi and revive state developers such as bailed-out Aldar. The Abu Dhabi government declined to comment on the rulings implications for the property market. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh/Files (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Tags: SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)