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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.
    Image: Mueed Ahmed

     
    Where in the world are the United Arab Emirates? Location map of the United Arab Emirates.
    Location map of the United Arab Emirates
     
    Flag of the United Arab Emirates
    Flag of United Arab Emirates
    Destination United Arab Emirates, a Nations Online Project country profile of the independent state on the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf (Arab Gulf) and the Gulf of Oman.

    The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or UAE, is a federation of seven emirates (states): Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah.

    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. There is a disputed region in the west of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi; therefore, it is unclear if the UAE actually has a land border with Qatar. [1]

    The country covers an area of 83,600 km2, compared it is about the size of Austria, or slightly smaller than the US State of Maine.

    The UAE has a population of about 9.4 million people, including foreigners (in 2018). The male population of the country is twice as large as the female population.

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

     
    What are the United Arab Emirates famous for?
    The United Arab Emirates is known for the tallest human-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, and the Burj Al Arab, one of the tallest hotel building in the world. The UAE is famous for several artificial islands like the Palm Jumeirah island, the World, and The Universe archipelagos. The contemporary art museums of the Louvre of Abu Dhabi and the planned Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The UAE is known for its Grand Mosques, The Dubai Mall, oil, a lot of sand, oil, oases, date palms, sand, dune bashing, falconry, pearl hunting, robot jockey camel racing, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The country's staple food is Shawarma (UAE Doner kebab), meat, fish, and rice, and the rare stuffed camel dish. The emirates are also famous for all the fantastic things you can buy or build with petro-dollars.

     
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    Background:
    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 the Ra's al Khaymah (Ras al-Khaimah) emirate in 1972.
    The UAE is the third-largest oil producer in the Gulf after Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    The United Arab Emirates is a member state of the League of Arab States.
     
     

     

    Country Profile




    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: Wed-Nov-11  17:53
    Local Time = UTC +4h

    Country Calling Code: +971

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

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    Official Sites of United Arab Emirates



    Qasr al Watan building, the presidential palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Qasr al Watan building, the presidential palace in Abu Dhabi.
    Image: Dario Ciraulo


    Political System of the 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, officially 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).


    Government
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    Rulers of the United Arab Emirates

    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.

    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.

    The Crown Prince Court
    The Crown Prince Court (CPC), or the Diwan, is an independent entity that enjoys full legal status as a government body.



    United Arab Emirates
    United Arab Emirates Government portal. The official guide to living, working, visiting, and investing in the UAE.

    United Arab Emirates Cabinet
    The Federal Supreme Council is the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates.

    UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
    Official website of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headquartered in Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi.


    Emirates
    Abu Dhabi Government
    TAMM - Abu Dhabi Government Service Centers.
    Dubai Emirate
    The Smart Dubai initiative was founded following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest city on earth.
    Emirate of Ajman
    The official website of the Emirate of Ajman.
    Emirate of Fujairah
    The official portal of the Fujairah Government.
    Ras Al Khaimah
    Government of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
    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 UAE
    Address list of foreign consulates in Dubai.


    Statistics
    National Bureau of Statistics United Arab Emirates
    United Arab Emirates in numbers.

     

     


    Maps of the United Arab Emirates



    United Arab Emirates Map
    Map of the United Arab Emirates (click map to enlarge)
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    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 the 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.

    profile Map of the Arabian Peninsula
    Political map of the Arabian Peninsula.
    Map of the Persian Gulf
    Political Map of the Persian Gulf.
    Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
    Political Map 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.
     

     


    News from the United Arab Emirates



    UAE Newsstand

    Online News from the United Arab Emirates


    Al Bayan
    The Dubai government-owned Arabic daily.
    Emirates247
    UAE news by Dubai Media.
    Gulf News
    UAE English newspaper online.
    Khaleej Times
    Khaleej Times is an English language daily newspaper published from Dubai.
    The National
    The National is an Abu Dhabi-based English-language daily.
    UAE Today
    News, Entertainment, Lifestyle.
    What's On
    UAE news and life-style magazine covering Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

    WAM
    Emirates news agency.

    International News sources
    Al Jazeera
    UAE related news.

    The Guardian (UK)
    United Arab Emirates related news.
     

     


    Arts & Culture of the United Arab Emirates


    Inside the Louvre of Abu Dhabi
    Inside Abu Dhabi's Louvre.
    Image: Agnieszka Kowalczyk


    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.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi
    The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a new art museum in Abu Dhabi; it is part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. The name is derived from the Parisian Musée du Louvre, with which close cooperation exists.

    Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
    Planned art museum to become part of the cultural district of Saadiyat Island.

    NYU Abu Dhabi
    The New York University Abu Dhabi art gallery on Saadiyat Island.


    Falcon training in the desert near Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Falcon training in the desert near Dubai.
    Image: Robert Haandrikman
    Dubai Culture
    The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority provides information about cultural events in Dubai.
    Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort
    Insight into the rich history and cultural heritage of Dubai.
    Sharjah Museum
    A guide to cultural events and museums in Sharjah.
    Sharjah Art Foundation
    The contemporary art and cultural foundation in Sharjah is also the location for the Sharjah Biennial art exhibition.
    Emirates National Auto Museum
    A glimpse at how you can spend your petrodollars too.


    Shopping
    The Dubai Mall
    The largest mall in the Emirates.
    Mall of the Emirates
    The world's first shopping resort; it includes Ski Dubai, an indoor skiing facility.


    Sport
    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    Yas Marina Circuit Formula One day–night motor race.
    Camel racing in Dubai
    Article about "The heritage sport of UAE", in which remotely whipped camels take to the track, or sometimes fall by the wayside.

    Dubai Racing Club
    Dubai horse racing.


    The future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island
    A digital rendering of the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.
    Image: Courtesy TDIC and Gehry Partners, LLP.
     
     

     


    Business & Economy of the United Arab Emirates



    Dubai Petroleum Falah Field facilities.
    Dubai Petroleum Falah Field facilities.
    Image: Dubai Petroleum


    Economy of the United Arab Emirates
    The UAE has the second-largest economy in the Arab world (after Saudi Arabia) with a GDP of USD 414 billion. One-third of the GDP comes from oil revenues.
    The UAE has an open mixed free-market economy based mainly on oil and natural gas production. Economic diversification has reduced the oil and gas sector's share of the country's GDP to 30 %. Additionally, the country's free trade zones attract foreign investors by offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes, almost. Since January 2018, there is a five-percent value-added tax.


    Emirates Banks
    Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates
    The Central Bank is a government institution responsible for managing the currency, monetary policy, and banking regulation in the United Arab Emirates.

    UAE Banks Federation
    UAE Banks Federation is the representative body of 48 member banks operating in the UAE.

    Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
    Abu Dhabi stock exchange.

    Borse Dubai
    The Dubai stock exchange.


    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


    Major UAE Companies
    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
    ADNOC is the state-owned oil company of the UAE.

    Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

    ADCB is the third-largest bank in the UAE.

    Emirates NBD
    One of the largest banking groups in the Middle East is Dubai government-owned.

    Dubai Islamic Bank
    Dubai Islamic Bank is the largest Islamic bank in the UAE.

    First Abu Dhabi Bank
    FAB is the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates.

    Mashreq
    The oldest privately owned bank in the UAE was founded as the Bank of Oman in 1967; it was the first bank in the Emirates to install ATMs.

    Emaar Properties
    Emaar is a multinational real estate company, which operates project development and its project marketing in Dubai. Emaar Properties developed the Dubai Marina, Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Mall, among others.

    Etisalat
    Etisalat is a multinational, Emirati based telecommunications services provider.

    The Emirates Group
    The state-owned international aviation holding company based in Dubai offers ground handling services and operates Emirates Airlines, the largest airline in the Middle East.

    DP World
    Based in Dubai, DP World is one of the world's largest port operators and operates 78 terminals in various countries.

    Yellow Pages of the United Arab Emirates
    Etisalat's Yellowpages business directory.


    Transportation
    Aviation

    Airlines
    Air Arabia
    Emirati low-cost airline.
    Abu Dhabi Aviation
    ADA is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East.
    Etihad Airways
    The country's second-largest airline is the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates.
    Emirates Airlines
    Emirates, also a national flag carrier, is an international airline of the UAE; it serves more than 150 destinations worldwide.
    Royal Jet
    Premium private charter aircraft service, headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

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

    Abu Dhabi Ports
    Abu Dhabi Ports is a company that owns, manages, and operates 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea.

    Dubai Metro between Mall of the Emirates and the Mall of Dubai
    View from the Metro's front car as you return from the Mall of the Emirates to the Mall of Dubai.
    Image: Jason Mrachina
     
     

     


    Tourism in the United Arab Emirates



    29 34 B St Deira Dubai UAE
    29 34 B St Deira Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC)
    Image: Karthik Jayabal


    Destination United Arab Emirates - Travel and Tour Guides


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    Find hotels, accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, festivals and events, nightlife, wildlife, and tours by following the links below.

    Points of interest
    Abu Dhabi
    Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Saadiyat Island and Louvre Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers Observation Deck at 300, Qasr Al Hosn (White Fort), Sir Bani Yas island,

    Dubai
    Dubai Mall, Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Historical District, Bastakia Quarter, Deira, Saeed Al Maktoum House, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Mosque, Zabeel Park with Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab,

    Al Ain
    Al Jahili Fort, Jebel Hafeet mountain, Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain National Museum, Bronze Age Hili Archaeological park, Al Ain camel market.

    Sharjah
    Al Noor Mosque, Sharjah Art Foundation and the Rain Room, Al Mahatta Fort.

    Visit Abu Dhabi
    Abu Dhabi's official visitor website for travel and tourism.

    Visit Dubai
    Visit Dubai is the official tourism board in Dubai.

    Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
    The department promotes the emirate of Abu Dhabi as an extraordinary global destination.

    Wikivoyage United Arab Emirates
    Wikipedia's travel page about the United Arab Emirates.

    Dubai
    Dubai City Guide
    A portal on Dubai City for visitors and residents.

    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 of the Sharjah Municipality.

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

    Al Ain
    Al Ain Municipality.


    Hotels
    Emirates Palace
    Ultimate luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, a facility of the Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
    Jumeirah Beach Hotel
    5-star luxury Dubai hotel with a private beach.

    Burj Al Arab
    Burj Al Arab, the Tower of the Arabs, is one of the tallest hotels in the world, and no, it isn't a seven-star hotel; a seven-star rating doesn't exist officially. [1]

    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.


    Rockformation at Serra dos órg?os National Park
    View of the Palm Jumeirah island seen from the air. The sail-like building in the center, is the 321 m tall, 56 floor, five-star hotel Burj Al Arab.
    Image: Jason Mrachina
     

     


    UNESCO World Heritage Sites


    Fort Al Jahili in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
    Fort Al Jahili in Al Ain.
    Image: Dr. Norbert Heidenbluth
     

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United Arab Emirates
    There is one UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United Arab Emirates, and six sites are on the Tentative List (see the List)

    World Heritage Site Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)
    Al Ain is an example of a desert region sedentary human settlement since the Neolithic Age, with traces of many prehistoric cultures. The property's remarkable remains include circular stone tombs (ca. 2500 B.C.), wells, and various mud-brick buildings: residential buildings, towers, palaces, and administrative buildings.


    Qasr al Muwaiji in Al Ain
    Qasr al Muwaiji in Al Ain.
    Image: Ghania Fatima
     

     


    Education in the United Arab Emirates



    University of Sharjah Emirate in Sharjah (city)
    The University of Sharjah is located in the capital of the emirate (Sharjah).
    Image: University of Sharjah


    Ajman University of Science & Technology Network (AUST Network)
    Ajman University was established to be a distinguished institution of higher education in the UAE and the Arab world.

    Higher Colleges of Technology
    HCT is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the UAE.

    Khalifa University
    Khalifa is a science-focused university located in Abu Dhabi.

    United Arab Emirates University
    The UAEU is the oldest and the flagship university in the country; it is located in Al Ain.

    University of Sharjah
    The University aims to become a leading academic institution in the Middle East.

    Zayed University
    Zayed University is one of three state-funded higher education institutions in the country; it was founded in 1998.
     
     

     


    Environment & Nature



    Star dunes in the desert between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
    Star dunes, surrealistic view of a wind sculpture in the fine desert sand between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Star dunes are a very distinct and complex type of dunes that form in areas where winds blow from different directions in different seasons.
    Image: Walid Mahfoudh


    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.

    Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA)

    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)
    A governmental agency for protecting and conserving the environment and promoting sustainable development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the site also provides information about the Emirates flora and fauna.

    Emirates Nature
    Emirates Nature in association with World Wide Fund for Nature.

    Al Ain Oasis with its ancient Falaj irrigation system
    Al Ain Oasis. The ancient Falaj irrigation system is still used to provide water to the date palms in the oasis.
    Image: Okhtyartist
     

     


    United Arab Emirates History



    The sacking of the coastal town and port of Ras Al Khaimah
    The sacking of the coastal town and port of Ras Al Khaimah in 1809 by the British Expeditionary Force.
    Painting: R Temple - The Myth of Arab Piracy in the Gulf


    About the UAE - History
    The UAE government portal about the history of the region.

    History of the United Arab Emirates - Wikipedia
    Wikipedia entry for the history of the United Arab Emirates.

    United Arab Emirates
    Encyclop?dia Britannica article about the United Arab Emirates, including history.

    Sharing History - Arab World – Europe | 1815 – 1918
    Ten Virtual Exhibitions exploring Arab-Ottoman-European relations in the 19th century by the Museum With No Frontiers.
     

     


    Additional Information




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

    Freedom House United Arab Emirates
    The U.S. government-funded non-profit organization promotes liberal democracies worldwide.

    Human Rights Watch: United Arab Emirates
    HRW conducts research and advocacy on human rights.

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

    Country Profiles
    BBC News Country Profile: United Arab Emirates
    Country profiles by the British public service broadcaster.

    BTI Transformation Index
    United Arab Emirates Country Report 2020 by Bertelsmann Stiftung.

    GlobalEDGE: United Arab Emirates
    Country ranking by the Global business knowledge portal.

    The Heritage Foundation: United Arab Emirates
    The American conservative think tank's index of economic freedom.

    OEC: United Arab Emirates
    The Observatory of Economic Complexity provides the country's latest international trade data.

    Wikipedia: United Arab Emirates
    Wikipedia country page in many languages.

    The World Factbook -- United Arab Emirates
    The CIA World Factbook Country Profile Pages.
     

     



     
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