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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a union of seven sovereign sheikhdoms, formed when the British withdrew from the Gulf in 1971. It boasts mountains, beaches, deserts, oases, camel racing, Bedouin markets and the legendary duty-free shopping of Dubai, all packed into a relatively small area.

Area: 83.626 Km²
Population: 2.407.000 (2001 est.)
Density: 29 pop/Km²

System of government: Federation of emirates
Capital: Abu Dhabi (300.000 pop., 799.000 urban aggl.)
Major cities: Dubai 300.000 pop., Ash Shariqah 125.000 pop.
Ethnic majority: Arab 25%, Strangers 75% (Pakistani, Indian, Bengali, Iranian and others)
Border countries: Qatar NORTH, Saudi Arabia WEST and SOUTH, Oman EAST

Principal mountains: Jabal Adhan 1127 m
Principal rivers:-
Principal lakes: -
Principal islands: Abu al Abyad
Climate: Arid

Language: Arabic (official), English
Religion: Muslim 96%, Christian, Hindu 4%
Currency: Emirati Dirham (AED)

Fixed public holidays:1/1, 6/8, 2/12
Dialling code: 00971
GMT: +4

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