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FACTS ON UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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Facts on United Arab Emirates

Map of United Arab Emirates

Official Name:              United Arab Emirates

       

Capital:                    Abu Dhabi

Area:

83,600km2, including approximately 200 islands

Location:

The United Arab Emirates is situated in the Eastern of the Arab World.

Land Boundaries:
  • North Arabian Gulf

  • East Gulf of Oman and Sultanate of Oman

  • South Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia

  • West Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Population:        4,320 millions (2004)

  • Abu Dhabi..................1,702 millions

  • Dubai........................1,288 millions

  • Sharjah........................679.000

  • Ajman..........................251.000

  • Umm al Qalwain...............66.000

  • Ra's al Khaimah..............208.000

  • Fujairah........................126.000

Population density:

Religion:  

The official religion of the United Arab Emirates is Islam. But other faiths are tolerated and freedom of worship privately is given.

Official Language:

Arabic. Other spoken languages  are English, Hindi, Farsi.

Currency:

The United Arab Emirates currency is called the Dirham. 

Arab Emirate Dirham (Dhs. or AED)

1 Dirhams  = 100 Fils; 1 US$ = 3,673 AED

Climate:

The sun shines all the year round in the UAE and makes it an ideal summer resort.

October and March, days are Sunny and Pleasant (Average Temperature - 26*C).  Nights are Cool (Average Temperature - 15*C

April and September temperatures peaking at 50*C and high humidity levels.  In the Southerly and Northerly winds blow over the UAE with occasional sand storms.

GDP:                             US$ 103,12 billion

GDP (per capita):           US$ 20.397

National resources:       Oil and Gas

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Rulers

 
The President of UAE

H.H. Sheikh Kalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE & Ruler of Dubai

H.H. Sheikh Muhamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Sharjah H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi
Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Ajman H.H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Umm Al Quwain H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla
Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah H.H. Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi
Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Al Fujairah H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi
 

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State

United Arab Emirates, federation of emirates, comprises of the emirates (in fact, sheikhdoms) of Abu Dhabi (with 80% of the area), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwain. The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital. The land is largely hot, dry desert; in the east is a portion of the Jabal al Akhdar Mts. Oil, first exploited in the 1960s, is critical to the economy; oil exports rank among the world's largest, and oil revenues have made one of the world's highest the per capita income.  There are also rich natural-gas deposits, but banking and financial services, regional corporate headquarters, and tourism are increasingly important. Fishing and pearling are traditional occupations. The indigenous population, Sunni Muslim Arabs, is outnumbered by foreign-born workers, mostly from Asia, originally attracted by the petroleum boom. The official language is Arabic, but Farsi and English are widely used. Overall governmental authority is invested in the Supreme Council, which consists of the seven sheikhs; a majority of five (including both Abu Dhabi and Dubai) must agree to any action.

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Membership in International Organizations

UAE  is an active Member of the: Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC); The Arab League; The Organisation of Islamic Conference; Non-Aligned Movement; United Nations and has diplomatic relations with 143 countries.

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Links

Welcome in United Arab Emirates

The Country & People of United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates University

 

UAE Interact

UAE e-Government

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

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Last change :   29.05.2007