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United Arab Emirates

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Country information - United Arab Emirates
Country name - conventional long form : United Arab Emirates
Country name - conventional short form : none
Country name - local long form : Al Imarat al Arabiyah al Muttahidah
Country name - local short form : none
Country name - former : Trucial Oman, Trucial States
Government type : federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates
Capital - name : Abu Dhabi
Capital - time difference : UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
National holiday : Independence Day, 2 December (1971)
Nationality - noun : Emirati(s)
Nationality - adjective : Emirati
Languages : Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
Currency (code) : Emirati dirham (AED)
Currency code : AED

United Arab Emirates is located Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The climate is desert; cooler in eastern mountains. The terrain is flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east.


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Background : The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Zaby, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. The UAE's per capita GDP is on par with those of leading West European nations. Its generosity with oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed the UAE to play a vital role in the affairs of the region.

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