United Arabic Emirates

Country

Capital City

Abu Dhabi

Population

8.5 million People

Area

114th in the World
83 600 Sq. km

About UAE
UAE – It is the charm of the exotic oriental fantasy, and Western standards of service. First-class jewelry stores, giant shopping malls, unforgettable shopping. Country Arab sheikhs that capture the imagination of skyscrapers, the world’s best hotels. The beach sand each Emirate of its white color and flower gardens in the middle of the desert.
Tour in the UAE will allow you to get acquainted with a rich excursion program will give excellent opportunities for outdoor activities and rich nightlife. Here, every effort is made to rest was interesting and comfortable: improved infrastructure and operation of hospitality industry services.

In the Emirates, tourists are always waiting for the warm welcome, the atmosphere is friendly and safe.
Velvet sand and clear blue waters will appreciate the fans of a beach holiday. Tourists who prefer extreme, explore expanses Underwater and sand, dreamy nature examine the length and breadth of traditional souks or go to the informative tour of the old fort, once used to protect from the sea emirates borders and gourmets enjoy delicious dishes of national cuisine and aristocratic attentive service.
In addition to cutting-edge wonders during these trips you can see many historical sights: the archeological park, ancient forts and palaces of sheikhs. In the Emirates, well developed eco-tourism: a safari on sand dunes by jeep or camel, walk along the Dubai Creek in the national sailing boat “dhow”, a visit to the island reserve of Sir Bani Yas and Liwa oasis with high sand dunes.
The best time to travel to the United Arab Emirates – in the winter, from December to February. Water and air temperature in the period 20-30 ° C.

The UAE: a constitutional federation of seven emirates
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. Four-fifths of the UAE is desert but has contrasting landscapes—from the towering red dunes of the Liwa to the rich palm-filled Oasis of Al Ain, from the precipitous Hajjar Mountains to the more fertile stretches of its coastal plains.

The UAE: a constitutional federation of seven emirates
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. Four-fifths of the UAE is desert but has contrasting landscapes—from the towering red dunes of the Liwa to the rich palm-filled Oasis of Al Ain, from the precipitous Hajjar Mountains to the more fertile stretches of its coastal plains.

 Though small in size (similar to the size of Scotland), the UAE has become an important player in regional and international affairs. In 1971, the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan unified the small, underdeveloped states into a federation—the only one in the Arab world. With his visionary leadership, oil wealth was used to develop the UAE into one of the world’s most open and successful economies.

In 2004, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the President and has since continued to strive towards an ambitious vision for the UAE.

Quick facts
Political system:
Constitutional federation
National Day:
2 December (The UAE was establised on 2 December, 1971)
Founder:
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

President:
H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Ruler of Abu Dhabi)
Vice President and Prime Minister:
H. H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai)

 Other Rulers:
Sharjah: H. H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
Ajman: H. H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
Umm Al Quwain: H. H Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla

Ras Al Khaimah: H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi
Fujairah: H. H Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi

Area:
83,600 Sq. km. (Slightly bigger than Scotland); Abu Dhabi accounts for 87% of the country’s total landmass.

Location:
Bordered to the North by the Arabian Gulf, to the East by the Gulf of Oman and Sultanate of Oman, to the South by Saudi Arabia and Sultanate of Oman and to the West by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Climate

Arid desert, cooler in the eastern mountains. (Winter: warm & sunny / Summer: hot and humid). The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is fewer than 120 mm (4.7 in), but in some mountainous areas annual rainfall often reaches 350 mm (13.8 in) where it is also generally cooler.

Natural Resources

Oil and gas; more than 90% of which are located in Abu Dhabi.

Population

8.5 million, 16.5 % Nationals (est.2010. The National Bureau of Statistics, UAE)

Capital

Abu Dhabi

Monetary Unit

UAE Dirham 1AED = 100 Fills

Exchange rate:
1 USD = AED 3.67 (Pegged to the US Dollar)
Weekend:
Friday and Saturday

Official Language

Arabic

Other languages:
English, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu
Religion:
Islam (Practice of other religious beliefs is allowed)

Tip Time:
GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time +3)
Important information
Forbidden to import
The import of printed and video materials of an erotic nature, and capable of offending the religious feelings of Muslims or perceived as unfriendly to the state, drugs and weapons. And regardless of where the drugs if their traces are found during a medical examination in the territory of the United Arab Emirates, for example, because of the detention in a drunken state, the sentence will be imposed, and for appearing in a public place in a state of intoxication, and drug use. Officially, alcoholic drinks are served only in restaurants and bars in the airport or hotels.

Visa
For citizens of the CIS countries and some other countries are required to obtain a visa in the UAE in advance. During the passport control at the airport in the UAE tourists must show a copy of the e-passport and visa.

Car rental

The rental car can take a person over 21 years if issued at least 1 year ago, the international driver’s license. It is also desirable to have a credit card, as in the case of her absence will be asked to leave a deposit in the amount of approximately $ 300 return which may take up to one month. Minimum rental period car- 24 hours. The UAE has a huge number of items of machinery rental. The choice of cars is very high. Take a car is quite simple, but the pledge will require either a passport or an entrance visa, or the deposit insurance amount from your credit card. Order car can be at the airport, by phone, or directly in the hotel.

Customs and traditions

UAE – a Muslim country where religiously honored customs and traditions, developed over the centuries and remained intact to this day. Everyone who is a guest in this country, to feel comfortable and to adequately respond to an event, you should know very many subtleties.

The import of alcoholic beverages in the country. Alcohol can be served only in restaurants and hotel bars, in addition to the Emirate of Sharjah, which has a “dry law”. Drinking alcohol (including beer) in public places is prohibited, for sale to private individuals is also a serious offense and may result in criminal prosecution. It is not necessary as a gift or a souvenir to offer local residents alcoholic beverages. For being on the street in a drunken state you are punished, it does not exclude the possibility of deportation.

The UAE can not litter. The penalty for discarded by the garbage bins – 500 dirhams. You must always carry with them the documents (or copies of documents) identity, because at any time you may be asked to show their local police. Almost all the police in the UAE operate without form. Handshake in the UAE is an expression of special respect to the other party and it lasts a little longer than usual for us to shake hands. During the handshake is not necessary to look him in the eye. Do not try first to shake hands with a Muslim woman. If this handshake is allowed by the rules and regulations, she will do it. Not accepted are on the move, take food and things with your right hand. If you are invited to visit the local people, in any case can not be denied, even if you have no time, or you’re in a hurry. Before entering the home of a Muslim need to take off your shoes. It is considered offensive to the Arab view of converts to his side sitting sole interlocutor on the other hand. In a conversation with an Arab can never ask about his wife, you can ask about the family as a whole. Tourists who do not profess Islam, have no right to visit the United Arab Emirates mosque. The only exceptions are a few mosques. At the entrance to the mosque must be sure to take off your shoes.

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