UAE - An Overview

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula between 220 50 and 260 north latitude and between 510 and 560 25 east longitude. Qatar lies to the north-west, Saudi Arabia to the west, south and south-east and Oman to the south-east and north-east. Occupying a total area of about 83,600 sq.km. (32,400 sq. miles) roughly the size of Portugal, the UAE has 700 km. of coastline, 600 km. along the Arabian Gulf and 100 km. bordering the Gulf of Oman.

The United Arab Emirates comprises of seven Emirates:

Abu Dhabi Dubai
Sharjah Ajman
Umm al-Qaiwain Ras Al Khaimah
Fujairah

The strategic geographical location of the UAE to the east of the Arab world is very important for the security and stability of this vital part of the Arab world.

The total area of the country is 83,600 sq.km. This includes an archipelago with an area about 5,900 sq.km. The total population in 1995 was 2,411,041 persons. The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE.

The UAE, since its establishment, has witnessed a remarkable and swift economic development which is very difficult to attain even in the most developed communities. It has rapidly maximized the benefits obtained through its immense oil proceeds to cater for the basic requirements of its society.

The UAE has lived up to the expectation of the international community and generously stood by its sister Arab countries and other developing countries in the rest of the world.

Few would have believed that the UAE’s efforts to develop a tourism industry would have been successful in such a short space of time.

Those who knew what the UAE really had to offer visitors have been less surprised by the country’s meteoric rise in the tourism field. Tourism has, in fact, proved itself to be a sustainable industry with long term growth potential.

Investment in infrastructure in the form of airports, hotels and other facilities has meant that visitors to the Emirates are assured of comfortable travel, a warm welcome and top class accommodation. Apart from the natural allure of Arabia underpinned by its history, culture and environment, tourists are now able to take advantage of its warm, sunny weather and to enjoy a wide range of pursuits from camel or horse riding in the desert to deep sea diving.

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