The United Arab Emirates (UAE) covers an area of around 83,600 square km (32,300 square miles) in the Arabian Peninsula.
As observed on the physical map of the country above, most of the United Arab Emirates is a desert wasteland, with large, rolling sand dunes, as the outer reaches of the Rub' Al Khali Desert stretch into the country.
The coastal areas fronting the Persian Gulf are flat, while the Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape in the northeast. Jabal Yibir, the country's highest point, is located there, which rises to 5,666 ft. (1,727 m). A yellow triangle marks its position on the map.
The United Arab Emirates has no significant rivers or lakes of note.
Numerous small islands and inlets are situated offshore in the Persian Gulf.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) is divided into 7 Emirates (imarat, sing. imarah). In alphabetical order, these Emirates are: AbuZaby (Abu Dhabi), ‘Ajman, Dubayy (Dubai), Al Fujayrah, Ra’sal Khaymah, Ash Shariqah (Sharjah), and Umm al Qaywayn.
Located along the southern coasts of the Persian Gulf, at the south western part of the country, is the city of Abu Dhabi – the national capital of UAE. With an area of 67,340 sq. km, The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the largest and the second most populous emirate of UAE. Abu Dhabi is also the country’s leading cultural, political and economic center. With a population of over a million inhabitants, Dubai is the largest and the most populous city of UAE. Dubai is a global city and a major international aviation hub. Dubai is also one of the biggest cosmopolitan cities of the world and an important business hub of the Middle East.
United Arab Emirates is a Middle East country that is located on the north east edge of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. It is situated in the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres of the Earth. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia in the south and west; and by Oman in the east. The country also shares its maritime borders with Iran in the north and Qatar in the west.
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|Legal Name||United Arab Emirates|
|Capital City||Abu Dhabi|
|24 28 N, 54 22 E|
|Independence||2 December 1971 (from the UK)|
|Total Area||83,600 km2|
|Land Area||83,600 km2|
|Water Area||0 km2|
|Total Border||1,066 km|
|Bordering Countries||Oman 609 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km|
|Climate||Desert; cooler in eastern mountains|
|Coordinates||24 00 N, 54 00 E|
|Mean Elevation||149 m|
|Lowest Elevation||0 m|
|Highest Elevation||1,527 m|
|Ethnic Groups||Emirati 11.6%, South Asian 59.4% (includes Indian 38.2%, Bangladeshi 9.5%, Pakistani 9.4%, other 2.3%), Egyptian 10.2%, Filipino 6.1%, other 12.8% (2015 est.)|
|Languages||Arabic (official), English, Hindi, Malayam, Urdu, Pashto, Tagalog, Persian|
|Religions||Muslim (official) 76%, Christian 9%, other (primarily Hindu and Buddhist, less than 5% of the population consists of Parsi, Baha'i, Druze, Sikh, Ahmadi, Ismaili, Dawoodi Bohra Muslim, and Jewish) 15% (2005 est.)|
|Currency||Emirati dirhams (AED)|
|GDP Per Capita||$43,103.32|
|Exports||Crude oil 45%, natural gas, reexports, dried fish, dates (2012 est.)|
This page was last updated on September 16, 2020