United Arab Emirates

It can be fascinating to examine the UAE’s foray into modern world when only a decade ago the country was merely composed of sand dunes, crumbling forts and Bedouin tribes who enjoyed existence simply in fishing villages. Powered largely (but by no means exclusively) by oil worth, today UAE is defined by magnificent hotels, state-of-the-art architecture, show-stopping malls and seemingly unending thirst for innovative projects. This transition offers an intriguing fusion of cultural and rampant consumerism.  Dubai has veracity to live up their dream be it is in the form of world tallest building or manmade island shaped like palm tree, a skiing paradise or the faster roller coaster in the world. From spices souks to vast natural desserts UAE offers endless discoveries to visitors from all corner of the world. Although rooted in Islamic traditions, UAE is a stirring alchemy of deep traditions and ambitious futuristic dream. It is a place where a traditional Bedouin lifestyle and customs continue alongside Western modernity.

Basic Information

Official Name: United Arab Emirates
Major Cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi
Time Zones: UTC +1, Summer UTC +2

Currency

The monetary unit of UAE is UAE Dirham divided into 100 fils.

Boundaries

The UAE sits at the top right hand corner of the Arabian Peninsular bordered by Oman in the east and Saudi Arabia in the south. All of the Emirates bar one sit on the on the Persian Gulf opposite Iran, and cover a distance spanning 650 km (404 miles) along the coastline. Fujairah is the only Emirate that sits on the Gulf of Oman

Languages

Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken and used as second language.

Climate

The best time to visit is between October and April, when temperatures float at a pleasant 25-28 ° C (77-82 ° F) and the Gulf is perfect for swimming. The hottest time of the year is during the sweltering summer months of June through September, when the humidity may seem unbearable and temperatures can soar to 45 ° C (113 ° F).

Major Religions

76% of the population in UAE is Muslim, 9% Christians and 15% are considered as other.

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