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Which emirates make up the United Arab Emirates or UAE?

The United Arab Emirates, or UAE is a federation of seven states formed in 1971. These states were earlier ruled by Arab princes. Since then, it has grown from a quiet backwater into one of the Middle East's most important economic centres. Although each state - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain - maintains a large degree of independence, the UAE is governed by a Supreme Council of rulers made up of the seven emirs, who appoint the prime minister and the cabinet. Before oil was discovered in the 1950's, the UAE's economy was dependent on fishing, and pearling industry. But since 1962, when Abu Dhabi became the first of the emirates to begin exporting oil, the country's society and economy have been transformed.

Facts about United Arab Emirates

Administrative divisions: 7 emirates (imarat , singular - imarah); Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi) , 'Ajman , Al Fujayrah , Ash Shariqah (Sharjah) , Dubayy (Dubai) , Ra's al Khaymah , Umm al Qaywayn (Quwayn)
Area: total: 83 ,600 sq km land: 83 ,600 sq km water: 0 sq km
Background: 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.
Flag description: three equal horizontal bands of green (top) , white , and black with a wider vertical red band on the hoist side
Capital: name: Abu Dhabi geographic coordinates: 24 28 N , 54 22 E time difference: UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time)
Climate: desert; cooler in eastern mountains
Currency code:
Ethnic groups: Emirati 19% , other Arab and Iranian 23% , South Asian 50% , other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982) note: less than 20% are UAE citizens (1982)
Geographic coordinates: 24 00 N , 54 00 E
Geography note: strategic location along southern approaches to Strait of Hormuz , a vital transit point for world crude oil
Government type: federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates
Imports partners: China 12.9% , India 10% , US 8.8% , Japan 6.1% , Germany 6% , UK 5.3% , Italy 4.6% (2007)
Internet country code: .ae
Land boundaries: 1 ,318 km
Neighbouring countries: total: 867 km border countries: Oman 410 km , Saudi Arabia 457 km
Languages: Arabic (official) , Persian , English , Hindi , Urdu
Location: Middle East , bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf , between Oman and Saudi Arabia
Map references: Middle East
National holiday: Independence Day , 2 December (1971)
Nationality: noun: Emirati(s) adjective: Emirati
Natural hazards: frequent sand and dust storms
Population: 4 ,621 ,399 note: estimate is based on the results of the 2005 census that included a significantly higher estimate of net inmigration of non-citizens than previous estimates (July 2008 est.)
Religions: Muslim 96% (Shia 16%) , other (includes Christian , Hindu) 4%
Terrain: flat , barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east
Unemployment rate: 2.4% (2001)

Capital of United Arab Emirates

Abū Z̧aby (click to view Abū Z̧aby map)

Places in United Arab Emirates

Browse the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of administrative regions and Street views in United Arab Emirates. Regions are sorted in alphabetical order from level 1 to level 2 and eventually up to level 3 regions.

Abu Dhabi Emirate (90 google map locations)
Ajman Emirate (8 google map locations)
Dubai Emirate (20 google map locations)
Fujairah Emirate (69 google map locations)
Ras al-Khaimah Emirate (91 google map locations)
Sharjah Emirate (27 google map locations)
Umm al-Quwain Emirate (8 google map locations)

Random cities in United Arab Emirates

Abū Z̧aby, the capital city of United Arab Emirates.


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