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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 EmiratesHilton Abu Dhabi 

Po Box 877 Corniche Avenue
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $196 - $646 / night

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Location. Hilton Abu Dhabi is located on the beach in Abu Dhabi, close to Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, Marina Mall, and Heritage Village. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Open Beach and Khalidiyah Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hilton Abu Dhabi include 13 restaurants. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a health club… more »

United Arab EmiratesConcorde Fujairah Hotel 

Hamad Bin Abdulla Road
Al-Fujairah 3588
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $88 - $149 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Concorde Fujairah Hotel is located in Al Fujairah's midtown area and Port of Fujairah is a local attraction. Hotel Features. Dining options at Concorde Fujairah Hotel include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms,… more »

United Arab EmiratesThe Palace Downtown Dubai 

The Old Town Island
Po Box 9770
Dubai 9770
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $625 - $762 / night

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Location. Located in central Dubai, The Palace Downtown Dubai is within walking distance of Souk al Bahar and Burj Khalifa. Nearby points of interest also include Dubai Mall and Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hotel Features. The Palace Downtown Dubai features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's full… more »

United Arab EmiratesJW Marriott Hotel Dubai 

Abu Baker Al Siddique Street
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $238 - $796 / night

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Location. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai is a business friendly hotel located in Dubai's Deira neighborhood, close to Hamarain Centre, Deira City Centre, and Al Maktoum Stadium. Additional points of interest include Dubai Tennis Stadium and Dubai Creek. Hotel Features. Dining options at JW Marriott Hotel Dubai include a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet… more »

United Arab EmiratesRocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi 

Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum St
PO Box 2785
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $149 - $925 / night

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Location. Located in Abu Dhabi, Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi is near the airport and close to Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Additional points of interest include Abu Dhabi Ice Rink and Khalifa Park. Hotel Features. In addition to 7 restaurants, Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. 3 bars/lounges, a swim up bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day.… 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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