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United Arab Emirates Overview

Posted by in on 5-21-13

The United Arab Emirates [1] 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.

Capital     Abu Dhabi
Government     Federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates
Currency     Emirati dirham (AED)
Area     total: 82,880 km2
land: 82,880 km2
water: 0 km2
Population     4,484,000 (2008 est.)
Language     Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
Religion     Muslim 94% (Shi’a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 6%
Electricity     220/50Hz (UK plug)
Country code     +971
Internet TLD     .ae
Time Zone     UTC+4

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