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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.

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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 EmiratesRadisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek 

Bani Yas Road
Deira
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $449 - $450 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek is located in Dubai's Deira neighborhood and close to Bastakiya, Gold Souk, and Dubai Museum. Additional points of interest include Grand Mosque and BurJuman Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek include 11 restaurants. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, a health club, a… more »

United Arab EmiratesAl Diar Siji Hotel 

Hamad Bin Abdulla Street
Al-Fujairah 1199
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $90 - $115 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Al Diar Siji Hotel is located in Al Fujairah's midtown area and Port of Fujairah is a local attraction. Hotel Features. Al Diar Siji Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 5 star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room. Wireless Internet access… more »

United Arab EmiratesThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai, International Financial Centre 

Plot Gb-01 Dubai Internatil Finan Ct
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $694 - $1143 / night

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Location. Near the airport, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, International Financial Centre is located in Dubai's Trade Centre Area neighborhood and close to Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Dubai Mall. Additional points of interest include Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Mosque. Hotel Features. The Ritz Carlton Dubai, International Financial Centre features a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The… more »

United Arab EmiratesThe Fairmont Dubai 

Po Box 97555 Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $462 - $707 / night

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Location. The Fairmont Dubai is a business friendly hotel located in Dubai's Trade Centre 1 neighborhood, close to Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. Additional points of interest include Jumeirah Mosque and Wafi City Mall. Hotel Features. The Fairmont Dubai's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health… more »

United Arab EmiratesCorniche Al Buhaira Hotel 

Corniche Road
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $147 - $306 / night

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Location. Corniche Al Buhaira Hotel is located near the beach in central Sharjah and close to Al Qasba, Al Mamzar Park, and Sahara Centre. Nearby points of interest also include Al Noor Mosque and Sharjah City Centre. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Corniche Al Buhaira Hotel offers 2 coffee shops/cafés and a snack bar/deli. 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the… 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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