The United Arab Emirates is one of the world's fastest-growing destinations for business and leisure visitors. Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, extends along part of the Gulf of Oman and the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. The nation is the size of Maine. Its neighbors are Saudi Arabia to the west and south, Qatar to the north, and Oman to the east. Most of the land is barren and sandy.
The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defence and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Dhabi, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ras Al Khaymah joined them in 1972. The Supreme Council of rulers made up of the seven emirates, which appoint the prime minister and the cabinet, governs the UAE.
Perpetual sun, endless white sand and turquoise seas house about 5,779,760 people. Located in the eastern portion of the federation is a portion of the Jabal al Akhdar Mts. Less than half of the inhabitants of the UAE are Arabs, while South Asians make up about 40%, and there are also Iranians, East Asians, and Westerners. Only about 20% of the UAE's population is native citizens. The non-indigenous population was first attracted by the employment provided by the UAE's petroleum boom. Muslims comprise 96% of the population (80% of these are Sunni, the balance Shiite) and the remaining 4% are largely Christian or Hindu. The official language is Arabic, but Farsi and english are widely used, and Hindi and Urdu are spoken by many of the South Asians.
Industries involving the area's oil and natural-gas deposits are still critical to the economy, and provide the bulk of export earnings. However, the country's increasingly diversified economy relies also on international banking, financial services, regional corporate headquarters, and tourism. The traditional occupations of fishing and pearling are still practiced, and there is some agriculture (dates, vegetables, watermelon, poultry). Aluminum, fertilizer, and textiles are manufactured, and there is commercial ship repair. Imports include machinery and equipment, chemicals, and food; trading partners are Japan, India, Great Britain, South Korea, and China. The UAE has a large trade surplus.
UAE's unbeatable shopping, superb resorts, excellent restaurants, spectacular events, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment lure travellers time again. With its full-throttle development, iconic skylines of high-rises, and world famous beach resorts the United Arab Emirates has become a favourite for family holidays and city breaks.
Landmark tourist attractions such as Dubai's towering BurjKhalifa and Abu Dhabi's modern Sheikh Zayeed Mosque, have branded the UAE as an up-to-the-minute luxury destination. Apart from these, other must-visits in the gulf include Jebel Hafeet, Al-Bidyah Mosque, Hajay Mountains and the Khatt Springs Spa, Sharjah Arts Museum, Dubai Museum, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Bastakia, Dubai Creek Dhow Ride, The Arabian desert excursions, Bird watching in Umm Al-Quwain, Palm Jumeirah, Yas Island and Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi. For shopping fanatics, the mall of the Emirates in Dubai, Marina mall in Abhu Dhabi, and Dalma mall are a must.
Scrape below the surface though, and you'll find there's more here than skyscrapers, shopping and sandy shores. Culture-fans can delve into the country's Bedouin past on starry desert nights before exploring the many forts that guarded the coastline long before the domination of the glitzy high rises. While for nature-lovers, the desert starts where the cities end and the jagged peaks for adventure begin.
The United Arab Emirates Dirham is the currency in United Arab Emirates (AE, ARE, UAE). The symbol for AED can be written Dh, and Dhs. The United Arab Emirates Dirham is divided into 100 fils.
The most popular United Arab Emirates Dirham currency exchanges in UAE are Indian Rupee (INR
), Australian Dollar (AUD
), Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD
), European Euro (EUR
), Pakistani Rupee (PKR
), Philippine Peso (PHP
), US Dollar (USD
) and UK Pound Sterling (GBP