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The United Arab Emirates is an Arabian Peninsula nation settled mainly along the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. The country is a federation of 7 emirates. Abu Dhabi, the island capital, is home to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with crystal chandeliers and room for 40,000 worshipers. Dubai is the site of ultramodern Burj Khalifa tower, enormous shopping centers and extravagant entertainment attractions.

Languages: Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu

Ethnic Groups: Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8%

Belief Systems: Muslim 96% (Shia 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%


Population: 3.42 million people (World Rank: 133rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 50.5 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 200th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.345 %/yr (World Rank: 179th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 77.2 years (World Rank: 68th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 33.7 years (World Rank: 60th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of United Arab Emirates

World Factbook

United Arab Emirates - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of United Arab Emirates
Quick Citation

United Arab Emirates - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for United Arab Emirates
Quick Citation

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
in Washington D.C.

Government of the United Arab Emirates Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for United Arab Emirates
from travelnotes.org

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