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United Arab Emirates

Background

United Arab Emirates

The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Zaby, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. The UAE's per capita GDP is on par with those of leading West European nations. Its generosity with oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed the UAE to play a vital role in the affairs of the region. For more than three decades, oil and global finance drove the UAE's economy, however, in 2008-09, the confluence of falling oil prices, collapsing real estate prices, and the international banking crisis hit the UAE especially hard.

About

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. It has coastlines on the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia to the west and southwest, and Oman to the southeast and also on the eastern tip of the Musandam Peninsula as well as an Omani enclave within its borders. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.

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United Arab EmiratesAl Ain Rotana - Al Ain 

Sheikh Zayed Road
P.O.Box 1210
Al Ain
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $183 - $476 / night

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Location. Al Ain Rotana Al Ain is located in Al Ain, close to United Arab Emirates University, Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, and Higher Colleges of Technology Al Ain Women's College. Additional area points of interest include Higher Colleges of Technology Al Ain Men's College. Hotel Features. Dining options at Al Ain Rotana Al Ain include 3 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves… more »

United Arab EmiratesGrand Millennium Al Wahda 

Hazza Bin Zayed St, Al Wahda Complex
Abu Dhabi 107080
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $122 - $506 / night

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Location. Located in central Abu Dhabi, Grand Millennium Al Wahda is near the airport and close to Al Wahda Mall, Red Crescent Authority, and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Additional points of interest include Abu Dhabi Mall and Heritage Village. Hotel Features. Dining options at Grand Millennium Al Wahda include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in… more »

United Arab EmiratesMoevenpick Hotel Deira 

Abu Baker Al Siddque & Sallahuddin Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $204 - $367 / night

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Location. Moevenpick Hotel Deira is located in Dubai's Deira neighborhood, close to Hamarain Centre, Deira City Centre, and Al Maktoum Stadium. Nearby points of interest also include Gold Souk and Dubai Tennis Stadium. Hotel Features. Moevenpick Hotel Deira's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 5 star property has a 24 hour… more »

United Arab EmiratesJumeirah Zabeel Saray 

Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $381 - $1660 / night

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Location. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is located on the beach in Dubai's Palm Jumeirah neighborhood, close to Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, and The Emirates Golf Club. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Montgomerie Golf Club and Aquaventure. Hotel Features. In addition to 5 restaurants, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities… more »

United Arab EmiratesSheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers 

Baniyas Street
Po Box 4250
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $176 - $340 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers is located in Dubai's Deira neighborhood and close to Reef Mall, BurJuman Mall, and Dubai Museum. Additional points of interest include Grand Mosque and Gold Souk. Hotel Features. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. Spa amenities include… more »

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United Arab Emirates

Capital
Abu Dhabi
Location

Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

Geographic coordinates

24 00 N, 54 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Maine

Border countries

Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km

Coastline

1,318 km

Climate

desert; cooler in eastern mountains

Terrain

flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east

Lowest point

Persian Gulf 0 m

Highest point

Jabal Yibir 1,527 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas

Population

4,975,593

Ethnic groups

Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982)

Religions

Muslim 96% (Shia 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%

Languages

Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu

Government type

federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates

Independence

2 December 1971 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 2 December (1971)

Chief of state

President KHALIFA bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan (since 3 November 2004), ruler of Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi) (since 4 November 2004); Vice President and Prime Minister MUHAMMAD BIN RASHID Al-Maktum (since 5 January 2006)

Head of government

Prime Minister and Vice President MUHAMMAD bin Rashid Al-Maktum (since 5 January 2006); Deputy Prime Ministers SAIF bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan (since 11 May 2009) and MANSUR bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan (since 11 May 2009)

Internet country code

.ae

Internet users

3.449 million (2009)

Airports

41 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Al Fujayrah, Mina' Jabal 'Ali (Dubai), Khawr Fakkan (Khor Fakkan), Mubarraz Island, Mina' Rashid (Dubai), Mina' Saqr (Ra's al Khaymah),

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