ABOUT UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
United Arab Emirates at a Glance
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. Four-fifths of the UAE is desert but has contrasting landscapes-from the towering red dunes of the Liwa to the rich palm-filled Oasis of Al Ain, from the precipitous Hajar Mountains to the more fertile stretches of its coastal plains.
Though small in size (similar to the size of Scotland), the UAE has become an important player in regional and international affairs. In 1971, the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan unified the small, underdeveloped states into a federation-the only one in the Arab world. With his visionary leadership, oil wealth was used to develop the UAE into one of the world's most open and successful economies. In 2004, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became president and has since continued to strive towards an ambitious vision for the UAE.
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Constitutional Federation (Abu Dhabi, Dubai,
Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah)
2nd December 1971
The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Ruler of Abu Dhabi)
Vice President & Prime Minister
H. H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai) <
Sharjah: H. H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
Ajman: H. H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
Umm al-Quwain: H. H Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla
Ra's al-Khaimah: H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi
Fujairah: H. H Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi
83,600 Sq. km.
Bordered to the North by the Arabian Gulf, to the East by the Gulf of Oman and Sultanate of Oman, to the South by Saudi Arabia and Sultanate of Oman and to the West by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
22. - 25.5 North and 51 - 56.5 East.
Arid desert, cooler in the eastern mountains. (Winter: warm & sunny / Summer: hot and humid)
Arabian Gulf 0 m, Jabal Yibir 1, 627 m
Oil and Gas
8.19 million, 16.5 % Nationals (EST.)
2010. The National Bureau of Statistics, UAE)
UAE Dirham 1AED = 100 Fills
1 USD=AED 3.67(Pegged to the US Dollar)
1st January to 31st December
Friday and Saturday
English, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu
Islam (Practice of all religious beliefs is allowed)
93%|Time: GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time +3)
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