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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The currency of UAE is Arab Emirates
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.
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.
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT.
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.
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.
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
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