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United Arab Emirates (UAE)






United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates (UAE), established on December 2 1971, is a union of seven sovereign sheikdoms namely Abu dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah and occupies a triangle of land and sea on Arabia's eastern side.
Along the Arabian Gulf coast are offshore islands, coral reefs, salt marshes, gravel plain and barren desert characterising the inland region. To the east stand the Hajar mountains in the vicinity of the Gulf of Oman which reach north into the Musandam peninsula at the mouth of the Arabian Gulf. The western part of the Federation, most of which is Abu Dhabi territory, consists mainly of desert interspersed with oasis where one of the largest oasis is Al Liwa, beyond which is the vast Rub al-Khali desert, or Empty Quarter.
The country is marked by deep-rooted cultural heritage accessible in the many cultural centres and identified with traditional sports such as falconry, camel- racing and horse-racing has been a great attraction for tourists. The UAE has also become an important centre for conferences, regional and international exhibitions and major sports events such as the Dubai World Cup, the Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament as well as polo and cricket competitions.
Last, but not the least, today Abu dhabi and Dubai are among the most modern cities in the world and the country itself is the world's fastest growing tourist destination.


Fact File
Official name : United Arab Emirates
Government : Federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates.
Nationality : Emirian
Capital city : Abu Dhabi
Ethnic groups : Arab (61%), South Asian (22%), Iranian (8%), other expats (9%)
Location : The UAE lies in Southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is a flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; with mountains in the east. Its strategic location along southern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz makes it a vital transit point for world crude oil. The UAE is considered to be one of the fifteen states that comprise the so-called "Cradle of Humanity".
Continent : Asia
Currency : Emirati dirham (AED); 1 AED = 11.848 Indian Rupee = 0.2723 US = 0.2259 Euro (subject to change).
Population : 2.4 million
Languages : Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
Religion : Muslim (96%) Hindu, Christian and other (4%)
Area : 83,600 sq km
Famous for : Oil resevoirs
Major cities : Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah
Clothing : Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings.
Major events : Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan), Eid al-Adha (Pilgrimage), Lailat al-Mi'raj (the Ascension of the Prophet), the Prophet's Birthday and the Islamic New Year ,New Year's Day (1 January) and National Day (1 December).
United Arab Emirates Things to Buy : Gold and diamond jewellery
Things to do : Shopping, sightseeing, dive centres or jetski hire operations,Camel safaris Desert safaris or golfing.
Cuisine :
The original staples : mostly fresh dried fish, camel meat, and dates.
Lebanese ingredients and Arabian Peninsula cooking style : Falafels, a deep fried chickpea and garlic ball, is a popular and tasty snack. Homous, a chickpea, garlic and lemon dip, is also common.
Iranian food : is spicy, and served with nuts and raisins adorning the dishes. Kebab stands are all over the city, and are served with a variety of side dishes, including rice, yoghurt, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage and onions. Most Iranian restaurants serve Koresh, a delicious meat stew with Naan, a flat loaf of bread.
Beverages : Local coffee,Gahwa, is green or greenish-brown in color, a hue that comes from the Cardamom it is flavored with. Turkish coffee is also popular in Dubai, which is very thick and strong, and should be drank with a fair bit of sugar. Alchohol is available in restaurants everywhere but not in Sharjah.


Visa Permit
British citizens and nationals of most Gulf countries do not require visas; Gulf citizens can stay as long as they want, Britons for up to three months. All other visitors are required to have visas. Your hotel can sponsor you for a 15-day, nonrenewable transit visa or a one-month renewable visit visa.
Note : That if your passport shows evidence of travel to Israel you will be denied entry to the UAE.



Culture
Most Emiratis are Sunni Muslims following the Maliki or Hanbali schools of Islamic law. Many of the latter are Wahhabis, though UAE Wahhabis are not as strict and puritanical as the ones in Saudi ; the UAE is probably the most liberal country in the Gulf but it is still very conservative by Western standards. Ibadi and Shiite Muslims are the smaller communities in the country. Strikingly 500,000 of the 2 million people living in the country are UAE citizens and the rest are expatriates from other Gulf countries, and from Pakistan, Iran and India.

When to go
The best time of the year to visit the UAE is between November and April, when the weather is at its best. Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, falls in December-January when eating, drinking or smoking in public from sunrise to sunset is prohibited.

Climate
Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate where sunny, blue skies can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is infrequent and irregular, falling mainly in winter. Temperatures range from 10.5 C(50 F) to a high of 48 C(118.4 F)
The average daily maximum is 24 C(75.2 F) in January rising to 41 C (105.8 F) in July.

Getting there
By Air : Main international airports of the country are in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, though an increasing number of carriers are servicing Sharjah as well. Smaller international airports serve Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah and Al-Ain. There are daily services to most major European cities from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and also to major Middle Eastern and Gulf cities. There are also connections to the USA, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Australia.
A daily bus service between Dubai and Muscat in Oman provides a comfortable journey for the passengers. Regular bus services operate between both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province but there are no bus or taxi services to Qatar.
By Sea : Boats carry passengers between Sharjah and Bandar-é Abbas in Iran; the voyage takes 12 hours each way.


United Arab EmiratesGetting around
By Road : There is no inter-city air or bus service between the seven emirates, so the only way to travel is by car or by service taxi. The main problem is that they take a while to fill up, except on the main Abu Dhabi-Dubai route. Between these two cities, one can have the choice of slightly cheaper minibuses.
Car rental is only slightly more expensive than in the West, and is relatively easy to arrange in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Major attractions
Abu Dhabi( capital city) : The capital of the UAE, is a charming city where the domes and minarets of traditional mosques are nestled in the shade of gleaming modern skyscrapers. Tree-lined paths, decorated roundabouts, lovely fountains and beautifully well laid parks add life to the modern cityscape. In the vicinity of the city are graciously engineered Abu Dhabi Corniche which stretches for 10 kilometres along the island’s mangrove-fringed and white sandy beaches. Hotels and great restaurants are located here to provide the tourists with all possible comforts. Abu Dhabi is majorly a business, manufacturing and trading center with the headquarters of many oil companies.
Dibba : It is site of the great battles of the Ridda Wars between Muslim armies and a number of tribes and towns that had betrayed the faith after The Phrophet's death. The victory of the Muslims at Dibba in 633AD marks the end of the Muslim re-conquest of Arabia. Dibba is a collection of three seaside villages - each belonging to a different ruler (Fujairah, Sharjah and Oman). And is a great spot to spend few hours in solitude.
Other Attractions :Sharjah and Dubai are other cities in United Arab Emirates, which will keep you engaged in your tour to UAE.

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