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Destination United Arab Emirates, this page is about many aspects of UAE. Here you will find comprehensive information about the United Arab Emirates in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from United Arab Emirates and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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Flag of the United Arab Emirates

Flag of United Arab Emirates


Background:
An oil-rich desert country situated in the south-east of the Arabian Pensinsula. In 1971 the former Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi), 'Ajman (Ajman), Al Fujayrah (Fujairah), Ash Shariqah (Sharjah), Dubayy (Dubai), and Umm al Qaywayn (Umm al-Qaiwain) - merged to form the United Arab Emirates joined by Ra's al Khaymah (Ras al-Khaimah) in 1972.
The UAE is the third largest oil producer in the Gulf after Saudi Arabia and Iran.

border countries: Iran (by maritime border), Oman, (Qatar) Saudi Arabia

other Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates is a member state of the League of Arab States
 

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Official Name:
Dawlat Al Amarat al Arabiyah al Muttahidah
int'l long form: United Arab Emirates
abbreviation: UAE
former: Trucial Oman, Trucial States.

ISO Country Code: ae
Actual Time: Mon-Sept-22  06:11
Local Time = UTC +4h

Country Calling Code: +971

Capital City: Abu Dhabi (pop. 928,000)

Other Cities:
Al Ain, Dubai (pop. 860 000), Ras Al Khaimah,
Sharjah.

Government:
Type: Federation of Emirates
Independence: 2 December, 1971
Provisional constitution: 2 December, 1971

Geography:
Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Area: 83,600 sq. km (32,400 sq. miles)
Terrain: Largely desert with some agricultural areas.

Climate: Hot, humid, low annual rainfall, cooler in eastern mountains

People:
Nationality: UAE, Emirati
Population: 8.3 million (2010), the U.A.E. has approximately 7.3 million people from all over the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. 88% of the population are non-UAE nationals.
Ethnic groups: Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Filipino (27% of residents are UAE citizens)
Religions: Muslim (96%), Hindu, Christian.
Languages: Arabic (official), English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi.
Literacy: (UAE citizens) about 80%.

Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas.

Agriculture products: Dates, vegetables, watermelons; poultry, eggs, dairy products; fish.

Industries: Petroleum, fishing, petrochemicals, construction materials, some boat building, handicrafts, pearling.

Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)


United Arab Emirates in Figures
United Arab Emirates key statistical data.


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Official Sites of United Arab Emirates

royal H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Crown Prince of Dubai and Defense Minister of the UAE.
royal H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates.


United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates Government Gateway.

UAE Interact
Official website for the Ministry of Information and Culture provides comprehensive information about the UAE.

Emirates
Abu Dhabi Government
The official Emirate of Abu Dhabi government portal site.
Dubai Emirate
The Official Portal of Dubai Government.
Emirate of Fujairah
The Fujairah Government Portal.
Ras Al Khaimah
Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah Emirate.
Sharjah
Index of Sharjah's government sites.


Diplomatic Missions
United Arab Emirates Mission to the United Nations
UAE's Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Washington D.C.
UAE Embassies and Consulates
Address list of UAE Embassies and Consulates abroad.
Visas and Immigration
Visas and Immigration Information for the UAE.
Foreign Embassies in Abu Dhabi
Address list of foreign embassies in Abu Dhabi.
Foreign Consulates in Dubai
Address list of foreign consulates in Dubai.

Maps
Map of the United Arab Emirates
Political Map of the UAE.
Google Earth Google Earth United Arab Emirates
Searchable map and satellite view of United Arab Emirates.
Google Earth Google Earth Abu Dhabi
Searchable map and satellite view of UAE's capital city Abu Dhabi.
Google Earth Google Earth Dubai
Searchable map and satellite view of Dubai City.
Google Earth Google Earth Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Satellite view of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab.

Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
profile Map of the Middle East
Map of Western Asia and the Middle East region.
profile Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
 

UAE News

Emirates Media
Largest media corporation in the United Arab Emirates and through out the Arab World.
Gulf News
UAE English News paper online.
Khaleej Times
Khaleej Times is an English language daily newspaper published from Dubai.
The Emirates Network [TEN]
Country information and news.
UAE Interact
published daily by the External Affairs Department of the Ministry of Information and Culture of the United Arab Emirates.
UAE Today
News, Entertainment, Lifestyle.
WAM
Emirates news agency.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Cultural Foundation
with the National Library and the Institution of Culture & Art.
Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort
Insight into the rich history and cultural heritage of Dubai.
cultural reference Sharjah Museum
This is the homepage of several modern museums located in Sharjah.
 

 

Business & Economy

__Emirates Banks
Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates
Emirates Banks Associtation
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
National Bank of Dubai

__Emirates Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Provides Information on the Capital of the UAE.
Ajman
Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dubai
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sharjah
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
A guide to the Emirate.

Yellow Pages Of the United Arab Emirates

__Transportation
Aviation

Airlines
Abu Dhabi Aviation
Largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East.
Etihad Airways
The national Ailrline of the United Arab Emirates.
The Emirates Airlines
International airline of the UAE serves more than 70 destinations worldwide.
Royal Jet
Premium private charter aircraft service.

Airports
Abu Dhabi International Airport
(IATA: AUH)
Dubai International Airport
(IATA: DXB), largest airport in the UAE.
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
(IATA: RKT)
Sharjah International Airport
(IATA: SHJ)

Abu Dhabi Travel & Tourism Agencies Committee
Main objective of ATTAC is to improve the standard of the travel agencies in the emirates.

Port Zayed
Capital port of UAE operated by the Abu Dhabi Seaport Authority.
 


 

Destination United Arab Emirates - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman.
Find hotels, accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, festivals and events, nightlife, wildlife, and tours by following the links below.

Explore Abu Dhabi
Official tourism website for Abu Dhabi.

UAE Interact
Comprehensive visitor's information for travel and tourism in the United Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates
Culture, tourism and history of the Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates Home Page
Information about the seven emirates their traditions and culture.


Dubai
Dubai
The official tourism guide to Dubai.
Dubai City Guide
A portal on Dubai City for visitors and residents.
Dubai Look
A guide to Dubai events, clubs, dining and nightlife.
Dubai Online
Guide to Hotels, Jobs and Restaurants.

Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism
The official tourism site of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Municipality (in Arabic)

Sharjah
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
Online guide to Sharjah Emirate.
Sharjah Municipality
Official site ofSharjah Municipality.

Abu Dhabi
Capital city Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Al Ain
Al Ain Municipality.

Hotels
Emirates Palace
Ultimate luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
The most fantastic hotel on Earth, the world's only seven star hotel, accompanied by the Burj Al Arab, the Arabian Tower.

More Hotels
Hotels in United Arab Emirates
Find a Hotel in United Arab Emirates.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab
Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab

Education

Ajman University of Science & Technology Network (AUST Network)
Established to be a distinguished institution of higher education in the UAE and the Arab world.
United Arab Emirates University
Arab Islamic University.
University of Sharjah
The University aims to become a leading academic institution in the Middle East.
Zayed University
Zayed's University for women.
 
 

Environment

Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA)
Committed to protect and manage the rich biodiversity, provide a clean environment and promote sustainable development patterns in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
 
 

History

The Past
History and Traditions of the People of the UAE.
 
 

Sport
Dubai World Cup
Dubai international horse racing.
 
 

Search

Important Places in U.A.E.
UAE addresses.
The Emirates Network [TEN].
UAE directory.
Index UAE Search Engine
A searchable directory of UAE web sites.
United Arab Emirates Internet Pages
UAE directory.

Additional Information on United Arab Emirates

Human Rights
Amnesty International: United Arab Emirates
Amnesty International Reports.
Human Rights Watch: United Arab Emirates

Press Freedom
Reporters sans frontières - United Arab Emirates
Report about Press freedom in the country.

BBC News Country Profile: United Arab Emirates

Open Directory: United Arab Emirates

Wikipedia: United Arab Emirates

The World Factbook -- United Arab Emirates
 
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