U.A.E

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Location: South East end of Arabian Peninsula

Bordering Countries: Oman, Saudi Arabia

Capital City: Abu Dhabi

Other Main Cities: Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm al-Quwain

Language(s): Arabic, English, Urdu (due to the high number of Indians and Pakistanis contributing towards the population of the UAE)

Population: 9.2 million+

Religion: Islam (77%), Christianity (10%), Hindu (4%), Buddhism (3%), Protestant (1%), Atheism (1%)

Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)

National Airlines: Etihad

Known for: Burj Khalifa, Burj al-Arab, Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Miracle Garden, beaches, gold and diamond markets, nightlife, luxuries

Celebrations and Festivals: Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Shopping Festival (Dubai), Tennis Championship (Dubai), International Jazz Festival (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), UAE Desert Challenge, International Film Festival (Dubai)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name for the United Arab Emirates is Dawlat al-Imarat al-Arabiyah al-Muttahidah
  • The UAE is a federation consisting of 7 emirates
  • Dubai Mall is the largest shopping centre in the world
  • Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate, covering 87% of the UAE
  • The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is the worlds largest artificial island and is visible from space
  • Only 13% of the population are Emirate, 87% are foreigners
  • The Burj al-Arab in Dubai is the worlds only 7 star hotel
  • China is Dubai’s largest international trading partner
  • Dubai’s police fleet includes a Lamborghini, Ferrari and a Bentley to catch speeders
  • There are ATM’s in Dubai that dispense bars of gold
  • The UAE has the 7th largest oil reserve in the world
  • The Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi is recognised as the building with the greatest tilt, almost 4 times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
  • The Emirates airline was the first in the world to provide in-flight showers
  • Those living on the 80th floor or above in the Burj al-Arab must wait an extra 2 minutes to break fast during Ramadan due to the height at which they can see the sun
  • Kissing in public is strictly illegal
  • The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building