United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an important economic hub in the Middle East. It consists of seven states, each headed by an emir. A president and a prime minister preside over the country.Capital City: Abu DhabiMajor Language: ArabicMajor Religion: Islam, although it is fairly tolerant of other cultures and beliefsNational Symbol: The falcon Although the United State is 118 times larger in area, the UAE holds some world records of interest:

  • The Burj Khalifa, with 163 floors, in Dubai is the tallest man-made structure in the world.
  • The J W Marriott Marquis Dubai is the world’s tallest hotel.
  • Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world.
  • Dubai Miracle Garden is the world's largest natural flower garden.
  • You can’t outrun Dubai police because they drive cars like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley.
  • Gold bars are dispensed from ATMs.

 Interesting Facts

  • Out of a population of 9.4 million, eighty-seven percent of residents are foreigners, consisting of people from 200 nationalities.
  • The UAE has 42 million date palm trees.
  • In UAE, domestic violence (wife beating) is not illegal if the beating leaves no visible marks/injuries on the victim.
  • Before oil was discovered in 1950, fishing and pearls brought in the most income.
  • As a TV and media center, the UAE attracts large international companies such as Sony, CNN, Fox, and Reuters. However, there are strong regulations and censorship to control media content.
  • The literacy rate is 93%.
  • Arabic is the official language.

Sources: weforum.org; UAE Facts; cia.gov