Social and Demographic Information
Conventional long form: The United Arab Emirates
Conventional short form: The UAE
Government type: Federal presidential constitutional monarchy
Capital: Abu Dhabi
National Holidays 2014:
- 1 January: New Year’s Day
- 28-29 July: Eid Al Fitr
- 3 October: Arafat Day
- 2-3 December: UAE National Day
Geographic coordinates: 24 00 N, 54 00 E
Area: Total 83,600 sq km
Country ranking (in terms of size): 115
Land: 83,600 sq km
Water: 0 sq km
Land boundaries: 867km
Coastline: 1,318 km
Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Desert, cooler in the Eastern Mountains.
Flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland, mountains in East.
The UAE currently possesses an open economy that boasts a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Economic diversification in recent years has reduced the portion of GDP based on oil and gas to 25%.
The discovery of oil in the UAE 25 years ago has led to a substantial transformation. The Emirates have grown from a number of small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living. Job creation and infrastructure have increased substantially, and private sector involvement has grown.
UAE - Details
ISO Code: ARE
Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
Time zone: GMT+4
Dialling code: +971
Capital city: Abu Dhabi
Area: 83,600 sq km (32,278 sq mi)
Weights and measures: Metric system
Electricity supply: 220 V/50 Hz