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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 EmiratesLe Royal Meridien Beach Resort And Spa 

Po Box 24970
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $367 - $435 / night

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Location. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort And Spa is located on the beach in Dubai, close to Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, and The Emirates Golf Club. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Montgomerie Golf Club and Ibn Battuta Mall. Resort Features. In addition to 8 restaurants, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort And Spa offers 2 coffee shops/cafés and a snack bar/deli. A beach bar, a swim up bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a… more »

United Arab EmiratesThe St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort 

Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $763 - $1170 / night

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Location. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is located on the beach in Abu Dhabi, close to Port Mina Zayed. Other points of interest are Abu Dhabi Mall and Mina Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort include 7 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a children's club. There is a full service health spa on site. This Abu Dhabi property has event space… more »

United Arab EmiratesCrowne Plaza Abu Dhabi 

Hamdan Street Po Box 3541
Abu Dhabi 3541
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $175 - $353 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi is a business friendly hotel located in central Abu Dhabi, close to Capitol Park, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, and Abu Dhabi Mall. Additional points of interest include Heritage Village and Marina Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi 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 in the restaurant (surcharges apply).… more »

United Arab EmiratesDusit Thani Dubai 

133 Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $230 - $407 / night

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Location. Dusit Thani Dubai is a business friendly hotel located in Dubai's Trade Centre Area neighborhood, close to Burj Khalifa, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Dubai Mall. Additional points of interest include Jumeirah Mosque and Jumeira Beach and Park. Hotel Features. In addition to 5 restaurants, Dusit Thani Dubai 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.… more »

United Arab EmiratesJumeirah At Etihad Towers 

West Corniche
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $294 - $1551 / night

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Location. Jumeirah At Etihad Towers is located on the beach in central 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 Jumeirah At Etihad Towers include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. 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… 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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