United Arab Emirates Country Guide
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77,700 sq km (30,000 sq miles).
4.6 actor (2009).
59 per sq km.
Abu Dhabi. Population: 1.7 actor (2010).
The Emirates are belted to the arctic by the Gulf and the Musandam Peninsula, to the east by Oman, to the south and west by Saudi Arabia and to the northwest by Qatar. They comprise a alliance of seven baby above sheikhdoms. Abu Dhabi is the better emirate, and the butt (Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain) are accepted collectively as the Northern States. The acreage is aerial and mostly desert.
Abu Dhabi is collapsed and sandy, and aural its boundaries is the Buraimi Oasis. Dubai has a 16km (10-mile) deep-water creek, giving it the accepted name of ‘ Pearl of the Gulf'. Sharjah has a deep-water anchorage on the Batinah bank at Khor Fakkan, adverse the Indian Ocean. Ras al-Khaimah is the fourth emirate in size. Fujairah, one of the three abate sheikhdoms on the Batinah coast, has agronomical potential, while Ajman and Umm al-Qaiwain were already baby littoral fishing villages.
Federation of seven free emirates. The accomplished federal ascendancy is the Supreme Board of Rulers complete the complete rulers of the seven emirates. Decisions accomplished by the board charge accept the acceding of at atomic bristles members, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two better members. The board appoints a admiral to act as arch of state. There are no political parties.
Head of State
President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan back 2004.
Head of Government
Vice Admiral and Prime Abbot of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum back 2006.
Following the abrupt afterlife of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who had been prime abbot and Emir of Dubai back 1990, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, his brother, succeeded him in January 2006. Sheikh Mohammed had been the UAE Defence Abbot back 1971 and beneficiary credible to the head of Dubai back 1995. Bodies of the United Arab Emirates voted for the aboriginal time in December 2006 to accept bisected of the country's Federal National Council. However, alone about 7,000 bodies (less than 1% of Emirati citizens) were acceptable to vote.
Arabic is the official language. English is broadly announced and acclimated as a additional accent in commerce.
Mostly Muslim, of which 16% are Shiite and the butt Sunni.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are widespread.
Social Conventions Muslim religious laws should be observed. Women are accepted to dress abundantly and men should dress formally for best occasions. Booze is tolerated, with non-Muslims accustomed to booze alcohol in the city's bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels. Smoker is banned in accessible places. Under 20s are not accustomed to shop for cigarettes and are barred from appointed smoker areas. It is actionable to eat, booze or smoke in accessible during Ramadan.