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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 EmiratesRas Al Khaimah Hilton Resort Spa 

Al Maareedh Street
PO Box 12298
Ras Al Khaimah 11133
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $249 - $1246 / night

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Location. Ras Al Khaimah Hilton Resort Spa is located near the beach in Ras Al Khaimah and close to National Museum of Ras al Khaimah. Other area points of interest include Tower Links Golf Club. Hotel Features. Ras Al Khaimah Hilton Resort Spa features 2 coffee shops/cafés, 3 beach bars, 2 poolside bars, and 8 bars/lounges. A swim up bar is open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational… more »

United Arab EmiratesThe Cove Rotana Resort Ras Al Khaimah 

Al Hamra Road
Al Jazzera
Ras Al Khaimah 34429
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $177 - $1252 / night

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Location. The Cove Rotana Resort Ras Al Khaimah is located near the beach in Ras Al Khaimah and local attractions include Tower Links Golf Club and National Museum of Ras al Khaimah. Hotel Features. The Cove Rotana Resort Ras Al Khaimah features 2 poolside bars, a coffee shop/café, and a beach bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a children's pool, a health club, a… more »

United Arab EmiratesMoevenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate - Dubai 

Off Sheikh Zayed Road
Adjacent to Ibn Battuta Mall
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $176 - $517 / night

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Location. Moevenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai is located near the beach in Dubai's Discovery Gardens neighborhood and close to Ibn Battuta Mall and Dubai Marina Mall. Other area points of interest include Montgomerie Golf Club and The Emirates Golf Club. Hotel Features. In addition to 8 restaurants, Moevenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate 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 EmiratesPark Hyatt Dubai 

Po Box 2822
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $408 - $544 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Park Hyatt Dubai is located in Dubai's Deira neighborhood and close to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Festival City, and Dubai Creek. Additional points of interest include Dubai Tennis Stadium and Deira City Centre. Hotel Features. Dining options at Park Hyatt Dubai include 4 restaurants. 4 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the breakfast area… more »

United Arab EmiratesJumeirah Living - World Trade Centre Residence 

2nd Zabeel Road
World Trade Center
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $578 - $1157 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence is located in Dubai's Trade Centre 2 neighborhood and close to Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre, and Dubai Mall. Additional points of interest include Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Mosque. Hotel Features. This Dubai hotel has a private beach. Dining options at Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence include a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli… 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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