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Sharjah city skyline, United Arab Emirates
Sharjah city skyline, it is the third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.
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Flag of United Arab Emirates
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Location map of the United Arab Emirates
Destination United Arab Emirates, a country on the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or UAE, is a federation of seven emirates (states). The country's landscape consists mostly of gravel plains and sand dunes desert, its main cities and urban centers are located mainly along its coasts.

Border countries are Oman and Saudi Arabia, the UAE shares maritime borders with Iran and Qatar.

The country covers an area of 83,600 kmĀ², this about the size of Austria, or slightly smaller than the US State of Maine.

The UAE has an estimated population between 5.9 and 9.2 million people (according to World Bank, the UAE was not able to count its people, in a statement they said: "The lack of actual population figures due to the fact that the 2010 census, which was scheduled to take place in April 2010, was not conducted because lack of financial resources.)

Capital city is Abu Dhabi, the country's largest city is Dubai, a metropolis from a weird shisha-dream, a playground for international architects, a mirage in the desert with mammoth shopping centers and extravagant entertainment attractions, the world's highest skyscraper (Burj Khalifa) and palm-shaped artificial islands. Spoken languages are Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, and Urdu.


United Arab Emirates | UAE

Country Profile

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.

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


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, are
Actual Time: Mon-Dec-9  21:47
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,

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

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

Nationality: UAE, Emirati
Population: 9.2 million (2015), 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.

Exports - commodities: Crude oil 45%, natural gas, reexports, dried fish, dates

Exports - partners: Japan 16%, India 14%, Iran 11%, China 4.7%, Oman 4.3%, others: South Korea, Thailand and Singapore (2015)

Imports - commodities: pearls, precious metals and stones, machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food

Imports - partners: India 17%, China 9.1%, USA 9%, Germany 6.8%, UK 4.4% (2016)

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

The United Arab Emirates is a Federation of seven autonomous Emirates. The country is governed as an absolute Islamic (Sunni) monarchy. Head of state is the President, officialy elected every five years by the Federal Supreme Council, but because the ruler of Abu Dhabi customarily also holds the presidency of the UAE, the office is de facto hereditary. The head of government is the Vice President and Prime Minister. The Federal Supreme Council is the highest legislative and executive body, consisting of seven members (one for each emirate).

Rulers of the United Arab Emirates
royal H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Acting President of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, and the Supreme Commander of the Union Defence Force.
royal H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Acting Vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.
royal H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
(Born: 6 May 1918 - Died: 2 November 2004) Founder of the UAE, he was the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates until 2004.

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates Government Gateway.

United Arab Emirates Cabinet
The chief executive of the United Arab Emirates
UAE Interact
Official website for the Ministry of Information and Culture provides comprehensive information about the UAE.

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.
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.


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.
What's On
UAE news and life-style magazine covering Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Emirates news agency.

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Arts & Culture

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
ADMAF advocates the power of music and arts in cross-cultural understanding.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Tourism, Culture and the National Library.
Dubai Culture
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
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.
Dubai City at nigt, United Arab Emirates
Dubai City at night
Image: Ahlawe

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 Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
A guide to the Emirate.

Yellow Pages Of the United Arab Emirates


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.

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

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

Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi - Emirates Palace Hotel
Image: giggel

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

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.

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.

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

Abu Dhabi
Capital city Abu Dhabi Municipality.
Explore Abu Dhabi
Official tourism website for Abu Dhabi.

Al Ain
Al Ain Municipality.

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.
Atlantis the Palm
Atlantis, The Palm is a UAE luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates.



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 & Nature

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.

Abu Dhabi
ADWEA - Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority
ADWEA is providing water and electricity to homes, schools and businesses of the Emirate.

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Governmental agency for protecting and conserving the environment as well as promoting sustainable development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the site provides also information about the Emirates biota.


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

Dubai World Cup
Dubai international horse racing.


The Emirates Network [TEN].
UAE directory.
Index UAE Search Engine
A searchable directory of UAE web sites.

Sources and 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.

Country Profiles
BBC News Country Profile: United Arab Emirates

FAO: United Arab Emirates

GlobalEDGE: United Arab Emirates

The Heritage Foundation: United Arab Emirates

OEC: United Arab Emirates

Wikipedia: United Arab Emirates

The World Factbook -- United Arab Emirates
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