50 Fascinating Facts About the United Arab Emirates

The UAE is located in the Middle East made up of seven emirates. Each emirate has its ruler, and there is a federal government in Abu Dhabi that oversees things. The UAE is a very diverse country with people from all over the world living there. While it's well known for its luxury hotels and resorts, there is so much more to this fascinating country than meets the eye! The United Arab Emirates is a country that has completely transformed over the past 40 years. It's now one of the richest countries in the world, with an economy based on oil production and trading, tourism; real estate; finance; media, and telecommunications. Here are 50 interesting facts about the UAE that will leave you wanting to learn even more. Enjoy!

Fascinating Facts

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The UAE is divided into seven different emirates: Abu Dhabi and Dubai are most famous, and the rest are Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.
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Abu Dhabi is the largest and most populous emirate in the UAE. The city is located on the Persian Gulf and is known for its luxury hotels and resorts. The Burj Khalifa's tallest building dominates the city's skyline.
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Dubai is the second most populous emirate in the UAE and is also the most diverse city.
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The UAE has a population of approximately 9 million people.
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Emirati nationals account for around 85% of the UAE's population.
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Arabic is the official language of the UAE, but English is widely used in businesses and education.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) national anthem is loosely based on an old Arabic poem called "Salam - Peace."
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Etisalat, a telecommunications company, initiated telecom infrastructure development in Abu Dhabi city before it was formally nationalized and merged with other UAE mobile network operators to form the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC).
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Dubai is home to many skyscrapers, but it has only 20 stories in the Burj Khalifa - the tallest man-made structure in the world.
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The gold sector registered a remarkable increase of 182% in 2016, and it is expected to continue its growth.
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The UAE has seven emirates, each ruled by a different member of the Al Nahyan family. The only emirates possessing considerable influence over crucial national issues seem to be Abu Dhabi & Dubai.
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There is a two-term limit for the position of president in the country, but UAE presidents can pass on their post to an heir.
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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE, is considered the father of the nation.
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The UAE has a diverse landscape that ranges from sandy deserts and oases to high mountains and lush green forests.
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The UAE has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastline and is home to some of the world's best beaches.
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The UAE has a number of major oil reserves, making it one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
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Dubai is home to the world's largest shopping mall - the Dubai Mall.
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The UAE is a popular tourist destination and welcomes over 20 million visitors every year.
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The UAE has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Al Ain Oasis, the archaeological site of Qalat al-Bahrain, and the fortifications of Al Zubarah.
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The UAE is also home to a number of man-made attractions, such as the Palm Islands.
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The first TV broadcast in the UAE was on 24 May 1974. The channel showed a mix of news, sports, and entertainment programming. Over the years, the UAE's television landscape has evolved to include dozens of channels in both English and Arabic. Today, the average UAE household has more than 150 TV channels.
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The UAE is home to some of the world's tallest buildings, including the Burj Khalifa (828 meters) and Deira Towers (859 meters).
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Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and handled over 78 million passengers in 2016.
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The UAE has a number of top-class universities, including the United Arab Emirates University, Zayed University, and the American University of Sharjah.
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Emirati culture mixes traditional Arabic culture and modern Western influences.
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The national dish of the UAE is known as machboos and consists of grilled meat cooked with rice, spices, and vegetables.
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The traditional dress for Emirati men is the kandura, a long-sleeved robe that extends above the ankle or mid-calf length.
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Dubai has the world's only 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. The hotel, whose tagline is 'Stay Different,' has 220 rooms and suites on 27 floors with views of the Persian Gulf or internal atrium garden.
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The UAE has a number of luxury hotels and resorts, including the Atlantis The Palm in Dubai and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
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Alcohol is legal in the UAE, and there are a number of licensed bars and nightclubs in Dubai and other emirates.
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The UAE has a number of theme parks, including Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and Legoland in Dubai.
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The UAE is home to the world's largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai.
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The UAE has a number of golf courses and is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts.
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The UAE is home to the world's largest desert safari company, Arabian Adventures.
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The UAE has a number of camel races, which are often held as part of major sporting events or national holidays.
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Dubai is home to the world's first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai.
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The UAE is home to the world's largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah.
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The UAE has a number of luxury hotels and resorts, including the Atlantis The Palm in Dubai and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
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Alcohol is legal in the UAE, and there are a number of licensed bars and nightclubs in Dubai and other emirates.
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The UAE has a number of luxury hotels and resorts, including the Atlantis The Palm in Dubai and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
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Alcohol is legal in the UAE, and there are a number of licensed bars and nightclubs in Dubai and other emirates.
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The UAE has a number of theme parks, including Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and Legoland in Dubai.
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The UAE is home to the world's largest desert safari company, Arabian Adventures.
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The UAE has a number of camel races, which are often held as part of major sporting events or national holidays.
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The official name of the UAE is 'United Arab Emirates. In Arabic, the country is called Al-Imarat al-Arabiya al Muttahidah. In English, it's translated as the United Arab Emirates.
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The UAE has a number of golf courses and is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts.
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The UAE has a number of theme parks, including Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and Legoland in Dubai.
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The UAE has a number of camel races, which are often held as part of major sporting events or national holidays.
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The UAE is home to the world's largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah.
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Muslim holidays make up a large part of the UAE's calendar. Ramadan is one of four main Muslim holidays celebrated throughout the year. Other Muslim holidays celebrated in the UAE include EID, Mawlid an-Nabi, and Shab-e-Barat.

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