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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 EmiratesJumeirah Creekside Hotel 

Road Al Garhoud Deira
Al Garhoud Deira
Dubai PO 78377
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $197 - $689 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is located in Dubai's Garhoud neighborhood and close to Dubai Tennis Stadium, Dubai Festival City, and Deira City Centre. Additional points of interest include Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Dubai Creek. Hotel Features. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools. Also located on site are a… more »

United Arab EmiratesThe Address Dubai Marina 

Dubai Marina
Dubai 32923
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $299 - $544 / night

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Location. The Address Dubai Marina is located near the beach in Dubai and close to Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, and Montgomerie Golf Club. Additional points of interest include The Emirates Golf Club and Ibn Battuta Mall. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Address Dubai Marina include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a spa tub,… more »

United Arab EmiratesSofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche 

Corniche Road East
Capital Plaza Complex
Abu Dhabi 4966
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $176 - $571 / night

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Location. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located near the beach in central Abu Dhabi and close to Capitol Park, The Corniche, and Abu Dhabi Mall. Additional points of interest include Heritage Village and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche include 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 full breakfasts each morning in the… more »

United Arab EmiratesRadisson Blu Resort, Sharjah 

Corniche Road Ae
Sharjah 3527
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $136 - $408 / night

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Location. Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah is located on the beach in Sharjah, close to Corniche Mosque, Islamic Museum, and Sharjah Ladies Club. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Sharjah Art Museum and Al Hisn Sharjah Fort. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah include 2 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include 2… more »

United Arab EmiratesPark Rotana Abu Dhabi 

Al Salam Street, TDIC, Khalifa Park
Abu Dhabi 43377
United Arab Emirates

Price (US$): $149 - $748 / night

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Location. Located in central Abu Dhabi, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi is near the airport and close to Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Nearby points of interest also include Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Abu Dhabi Ice Rink. Hotel Features. In addition to 6 restaurants, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi 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. 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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