United Arab Emirates

Map of United Arab Emirates and country flag

The United Arab Emirates is a country in Western Asia. The country borders Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south and west. It is bounded by the Persian Gulf to the north. The country is vital to the world’s oil and gas supply, thanks to its location just south of the Strait of Hormuz β€” the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean.

Country Profile

Official NameContinentSubregionCapital CityPopulationWorld Population %Land Area (kmΒ²)CurrencyCurrency Symbol
The United Arab EmiratesAsiaWestern AsiaAbu Dhabi9,516,8710.12%83,600United Arab Emirates dirhamDh or Dhs (pl.)
The United Arab Emirates comprises seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi, which is also the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Dubai (the Emirate of Dubai’s capital) is the country’s most populous city. It is one of the world’s leading global trade hubs and a luxury tourist destination. Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa.
Outside of the built-up areas, the landscape of the United Arab Emirates consists largely of deserts and sand dunes, as well as oases, mountains, valleys, mangroves, and marshes. The country also has many salt flats, which dominate the coastline.
The climate of the United Arab Emirates is arid, with hot, dry summers and warm, dry winters. Summer runs from April through September, and winter runs from October through March. The country’s desert climate means it is prone to severe dust storms.
The United Arab Emirates is a federal constitutional monarchy. Each emirate is an absolute monarchy. Together, the rulers of each of the emirates form the Federal Supreme Council. One is elected President, and two are elected Vice Presidents.

United Arab Emirates: Stats and Facts

Official LanguageMain ReligionNational AnthemISO alpha-2ISO alpha-3Internet country domains (TLDs)Dialling CodeCoastline Length (km)Geographic coordinates (center point of country)Number of Time ZonesTime Zone(s)Daylight Savings Time?Driving SideGDP (PPP)GDP per capita (PPP)GDP (nominal)GDP per capita (nominal)
"Ishy Biladi"
("Long Live my Homeland")
AEARE.ae+9711,31824 00 N, 54 00 E1UTC +04:00Not observedright$952,171,000,000$92,954$536,829,000,000$52,407