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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 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 EmiratesAl Raha Beach Hotel 

Sas Al Nakhl Road - Al Raha Beach Area
Abu Dhabi 38616
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $190 - $667 / night

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Location. Al Raha Beach Hotel is located on the beach in Abu Dhabi, close to Yas Island Circuit. Other points of interest are Ferrari World and Abu Dhabi Golf Course. Hotel Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, Al Raha Beach Hotel offers 4 coffee shops/cafés and a snack bar/deli. 4 bars/lounges, a beach bar, a swim up bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

United Arab EmiratesONE AND ONLY RESIDENCE AND SPA 

JUMEIRA BEACH ROAD
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Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $913 - $1324 / night

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Facilities and Services Resort and Leisure Dine around facilities to eight multi cuisine restaurants within three properties Unique award winning traditional oriental Hammam One and Only Spa by ESPA featuring 8 treatment rooms Pedicure and Manicure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez Hair saloon by Alexandre Zouari Latest Technogym, Kinesis stations and Power plate fitness facilities Three floodlit tennis courts, basketball court and 9 hole putting green practice Business center assistance and… more »

United Arab EmiratesSheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort 

Corniche Road
Po Box 640
Abu Dhabi 640
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $258 - $864 / night

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Location. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort is located near the beach in Abu Dhabi and close to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Mall, and Heritage Village. Additional points of interest include The Corniche and Capitol Park. Resort Features. Dining options at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an… more »

United Arab EmiratesRadisson Blu Resort, Fujairah 

PO Box 12590
Dibba
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $142 - $476 / night

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Location. Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah is located on the beach in Dibba and attractions in the region include Al Badia Mosque. Hotel Features. Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A beach bar, 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 buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include 6 outdoor swimming pools. Also… 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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