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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 Fujairah Resort 

Po Box 231
Corniche Road
Al-Fujairah
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $171 - $272 / night

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Location. Hilton Fujairah Resort is located on the beach in Al Fujairah, close to Port of Fujairah. Hotel Features. Hilton Fujairah Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A beach 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 an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a… more »

United Arab EmiratesPark Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai 

Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayed Street
Opp. Burjuman Centre
Dubai 8264
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $134 - $347 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai is located in Dubai's Bur Dubai neighborhood and close to BurJuman Mall, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Dubai International Financial Centre. Nearby points of interest also include Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. Hotel Features. Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an… more »

United Arab EmiratesAmwaj Rotana - Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai 

Jumeirah Beach Residence, The Walk
Dubai 86834
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $286 - $830 / night

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Location. Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai is located on the beach in Dubai, close to Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, and Montgomerie Golf Club. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include The Emirates Golf Club and Ibn Battuta Mall. Hotel Features. Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… 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 Meydan Hotel 

Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road
Nad Al Sheba
Dubai 9305
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $444 - $1361 / night

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Location. The Meydan Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Dubai's Nad Al Sheba neighborhood, close to Meydan Racecourse, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctury, and Souk al Bahar. Additional points of interest include The Dubai Fountain. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Meydan Hotel include 7 restaurants. 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 (surcharges apply). Recreational… 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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