federation of seven emirates, each of which having
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan
* Zayed Bin Sultan
* Maktoum Bin Rachid
* Sultan Bin Muhammad
* Saqr Bin Mohamed
* Rashid Bin Ahmad
* Humayd Bin Rashid
* Hamad Bin Muhammad
Dirham = 100 Fils
100 Dirhams = US$27.
US$1 = 3.70 Dirhams
hours ahead of GMT.
is located on the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. It is bordered by
Qatar in the north, Saudi Arabia in the west and the Sultanate of Oman
in the east. Most of the settlements are along the Arabian
Gulf, while others are on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. UAE. is not a
country, but a federation made out of 7 countries. In addition,
areas of the desert inland from the emirates are a part of the
country, but ruled by the central government.
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The landscape of the Emirates is very dry, with little rain,
vegetation, and animal life. Mountains only take up some few percents
of the total territory. Connected to the federation are several
islands outside the coast of the Arabian
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of UAE is 36.124 million dollars. The
main exports of UAE is crude oil, natural gas, dried fish, and dates.
Its imports are food stuff and consumer goods. The main industry
revolves around petroleum products. The main crops are vegetables and
dates. Dairy farming and poultry form two main activities.
Citizens of the UK and GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council, countries need
only a valid passport and not a visa to enter the UAE. Citizens of all
other countries should obtain valid visas. Transit visas may be
obtained from the immigration department on arrival to the Airport. It
is recommended that visitors carry certificates of inoculation against
cholera and yellow fever, especially if they are traveling from an
infected area. TAB inoculation is also suggested.
The media in the UAE are well developed with a large number of Arabic
and English newspapers and magazines in operation. Radio and
television also broadcast a wide range of programs.