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Geographical Location

Physical Features
Climate
Population
Languages
Money
Local Time
Government
Lifestyle
Education

Geographical Location

The UAE has capitalized on its convenient location on the trade routes between Asia and Europe by building a fine tradition of being a good host and trade partner since time immemorial.

An Area of Immense Wealth
The area of the United Arab Emirates is 83,600 sq.km (including 200 islands - approximately).

The UAE within Bounds
The United Arab Emirates is situated in the Eastern of the Arab World. It overlooks the Gulf of Oman to the East and the Arabian Gulf to the North. The Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are linked by the Hormuz Strait. The UAE is thus positioned at an important in the world of trade.

Physical Features

A Peaceful haven in the Arabian peninsula by the Arabian sea. A Tourist's paradise. Trader's delight.the United Arab Emirates is indeed a unique package. Though the desert occupies most of the area of the country

The Interiors : are also covered with a range of mountains and a number of valleys like the Siji and Ham and fertile plains such as the Thaid and Digdaga plains.
The Desert : lies next to the interior plains. As you head towards the Arabian Gulf, you find the long Western Coastal Plain with its Dubai and Maqta creeks and salt flats like the Salina of Mutti. It is longer and wider than the Eastern Coastal Plains which lies overlooking the Gulf of Oman.
The Coast : of UAE consists of many islands. The waters of the gulf flow tranquilly on the shores of the UAE, hardly will you find rough wavesthis makes the UAE ideal for water sports.

Climate

The sun shines all the year round in the UAE and makes it an ideal summer resort.
Moderate climate is found between:
October and March, days are Sunny and Pleasant (Average Temperature - 26*C). Nights are Cool (Average Temperature - 15*C)
Summer is between :
April and September temperatures peaking at 50*C and high humidity levels. In the Southerly and Northerly winds blow over the UAE with occasional sand storms.

Population

Though an Arab-Islamic country, you will find the UAE to have one of the most liberal societies among all the other Arab nations. Archaeological evidence shows that the United Arab Emirates has played host to numerous cultures since 3000 BC. You will find people from all over the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Africa and the America all converging here.

The official religion of the United Arab Emirates is Islam. But other faiths are tolerated and freedom of worship privately is given. Churches are common in some emirates and in Dubai you will even find a Hindu Temple.

Dubai city recorded one of the highest growth rates in urban population because of a business upsurge that has turned the city into the region's main commercial hub. The city has a population of 1.35 million (2005 estimate).

Languages

The official language of the UAE is Arabic according to the constitution of the country, while English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields. Expatriates use their mother tongues but not at official level.

Money

The currency of UAE is Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED).

Taxation
There is no corporate tax in UAE. The only exceptions to this are oil producing companies and branches of foreign banks. Likewise, there are no personal taxes. Direct taxation is against the traditions of the UAE and it is highly unlikely that it will be introduced in the near future.

Exchange Control
There are no exchange controls in the UAE and its currency, the UAE dirham, is freely convertible. The dirham is linked to the USA dollar, the currency in which oil revenues are paid. The current exchange rate is Dh. 3.675 - US$ 1 and no revaluation has occurred since 1977.

Local Time

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT.

Government

The Supreme Council of the UAE, comprising the hereditary rulers of the seven emirates, is the highest federal authority. It is responsible for general policy matters involving communications, education, defence, foreign affairs and development, and for ratifying federal laws. The President, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, who is also Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the Vice-President, HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also Ruler of Dubai, are elected by the Supreme Council from among its members.

The Federal Council of Ministers, responsible to the Supreme Council, has executive authority to initiate and implement laws. The Federal National Council is a consultative assembly of 40 representatives who are appointed for two years by the individual emirates. The council monitors and debates government policy but has no power of veto. While Abu Dhabi is the centre of federal government activities, most ministerial departments also maintain offices in Dubai.

Lifestyle

Though an Arab-Islamic country, you will find the UAE to have one of the most liberal societies among all the other Arab nations. Archaeological evidence shows that the United Arab Emirateshas played host to numerous cultures since 3000 BC. You will find people from all over the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Africa and the America all converging here.

Expatriates and foreign visitors - both male and female - can enjoy a relaxed and pleasant lifestyle in Dubai. There is virtually no crime, the city is clean, apartments and villas are modern and spacious There are many clubs and societies in UAE. Freedom of worship is allowed to all religions, and Christian churches have existed in Dubai for many years. Foreign newspapers, magazines, films and videos are readily available. Alcohol may be consumed at home, in hotels, and on licensed club premises. Women can drive and move about unaccompanied.

Education

The UAE offers a fully-fledged educational system for both boys and girls from primary level to university, with education for the country's citizens being provided free through government schools, colleges and universities. There is also an extensive private education sector which now accounts for around 40 per cent of the student population. There is a strong focus on computer literacy and on English language teaching in higher education to equip young Emirates with the necessary skills.

In addition the UAE's youth have ready access to higher education, both federally-funded and at the many internationally accredited private institutions that are being established throughout the UAE. Generous grants are also available for those wishing to study abroad.


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