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United Arab Emirates guide

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Introduction:
The United Arab Emirates or UAE is located on the Persian Gulf. Iran is to the north of the country, Oman to the east, Qatar to the west, and Saudi Arabia to the south.

UAE is well known for its oil, the unique structure of its government (a hereditary monarchy with a limited election between the emirs), and Burj Khalifa (a magnificent tower).

Population and language:
The population of the UAE is around 8 million. Islam is practiced by 76% of the population, and Christianity is practiced by 9%. A large minority of the population also practices Hindu.

Ethnically, 17% of the people who inhabit the UAE are Emiratis (with Arab association), while other Arabs and Iranians make up 23% of the population. The other predominate ethnic groups are South Asians (42%) and other Asians (12%).

Arabic is the official language, but children begin learning English as soon as they begin school. Urdu, Persian, and Hindi are also spoken by minorities.
It is important to dress modestly while you are visiting UAE. Bathing suits of any kind are only allowed on beaches, and immodest bathing suits can get you arrested. During Ramadan, you cannot eat or drink anything in public during the day even if you are not Muslim. Alcohol can only be consumed in designated areas.

Major cities and tourist destinations:
Abu Dhabi  – The capital city has a population of about 1.5 million and is the seat of the president. Although the area was settled around 5000 years ago, it was primarily inhabited by nomads. The White Fort and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation will give you a sense of the city’s history. A drive along the Corniche provides breathtaking photo opportunities, and along the Corniche is the Petroleum Exhibition, which contains a detailed and interactive history of oil.

Dubai – Dubai, population about 1.8 million, contains the Burj Khalifa, a tower with the world’s second highest observation deck, and the Al-Fihaidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum. Also, and hour and a half to the southeast of the city is the Heritage Village of Hatta, which has a 2000–3000 year old history. The Mall of the Emirates is also an impressive place to visit with its indoor ski slopes. It is the second largest mall in the world.

Sharjah – This city in the UAE has a population of almost 900,000. The Eye of the Emirates is a large artistic Ferris wheel near the water, and the Sharjah Desert Park is part zoo, part museum and will entertain the old and young alike. The Sharjah Calligraphy Museum not only has students learning the art but displays Persian, Arabic, and Turkish calligraphy. If , on the other hand, you are looking for authentic souvenirs, the Souq al-Arsah is reputed to be the oldest market in the entire UAE.

Al-Ain – With a population of about 375,000, Al-Ain is less humid than the coastal cities of UAE. Explore the Al-Ain National Museum, which is the oldest museum in the UAE, the Hili Archaeological Park with its Bronze Age ruins, and the Wadi adventure, a water based amusement center. The most popular tourist attraction is the Al-Ain Old Prison.

Climate:
The UAE has a desert climate. Its summers are hot in July and August. During these months, the temperature can easily rise above 40°C. When the coastal wind or Sharqi blows, it adds humidity to the heat. Although it does rain in the summer, total rainfall averages less than 5 inches for the year.
The coolest it gets in the winter months of January and February is between 10°C–15°C. The mountain regions, however, are cooler year round, where rainfall can reach up to 14 inches per year. Even in these higher altitudes, snow is rare.

Economy:
The UAE has a GPD of 360 billion (USD), and its currency is the UAE dirham (AED). Originally, the economy was based on pearls, but with the invention of the cultured pearl in Japan and the high import fees now charged by South Asian countries, the pearl industry plummeted. Now, oil has completely replaced the oyster product.

In addition to oil, the current economy relies on tourism. The UAE is trying to build a manufacturing and financial base in order to diversify, as well. Its main exports are natural gas, dried fish, dates, manufactured goods, and oil, and its major imports are machinery, transportation equipment, food, and chemicals.

Transportation:
Dubai International Airport is located in Dubai. There is also Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi. Smaller international airports exist in Al-Ain, Sharjah, Fujairah, and Ras al-Khaimah.

The UAE does not have a full service train network as of yet. It has plans to eventually develop a cargo line with a possible expansion into a passenger line. The Dubai Metro is the only underground in the country, and it is the first in the entire Arabian Peninsula. It centers all its stops around one main station.
The bus system is also relatively new. Routes are in the process of being developed, but it may take creative scheduling to get where you want to go. Buses can take variable amounts of time to reach their destinations.

The roads in the UAE are paved and connect all the major cities. A highway runs from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. It is relatively easy to hire a car, and you receive discounts and unlimited miles for longer periods of rental. A 4WD will allow you to visit even the remote attractions.

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