The City of Aberdeen

Granite City, Silver City by the Golden Sands, City of Roses and Oil Capital of Europe are some of the names given to the city of Aberdeen by people from around the world.


The Granite or Silver City is derived from the stone used in the construction of most of the buildings in the city and this rock has weathered to form the quartz of the stunning golden beaches that bound the North Sea. This beautiful grey granite shimmers like silver under the sunshine and is enhanced by its variety of parks and gardens, with roses a particular specialty!

The city has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom ‘Best City’ award ten times, the overall Scotland in Bloom competition twenty times and the large city category every year since 1968. More recently, it won the Scotland in Bloom ‘Best City’ award along with the International Cities in Bloom award. Literally millions of bulbs and shrubs make these parks and gardens a joy to stroll through or hang out in with friends.

Since the discovery of oil deposits in the North Sea during the late 20th Century, Aberdeen has become the center of Europe’s petroleum industry and is known as the Oil Capital of Europe. The city’s industry is largely dependent on supporting the oil industry and associated rescue services – Aberdeen’s heliport claims to be the busiest commercial heliport in the world! Traditional industries such as fishing, textile mills, ship building and paper making, have largely declined to be replaced by high technology sectors such as electronics design and Aberdeen looks to the future with the growth of its renewable energy industries.

With two leading universities in the city – the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University – Aberdeen is recognised for the quality of its research and development, notably in the fields of oil and gas exploration and extraction; agricultural and soil research; and food and nutrition. The Rowett Research Institute, for example, is a world renowned food and nutrition research center which has produced three Nobel laureates.

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