United Arab Emirates (UAE) – A top travel destination

United Arab Emirates (UAE) – A modern and prosperous nation

World top business travel and leisure vacation destination

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a modern and prosperous nation and one of the world major leisure and business travel destinations with rich petroleum resource, historical attractions, arts and museums, and well-preservation of culture and heritage.

The United Arab Emirates is located in Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. With strategic location along southern approaches to Strait of Hormuz, the UAE is a vital transit point for world crude oil. The United Arab Emirates has land area about 83,600 square kilometers, slightly smaller than Maine of the United States.

The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states – Abu Zaby, ‘Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn – merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra’s al Khaymah.

Map of United Arab Emirates

Map of United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates is located between Oman and Saudi Arabia

A modern nation with high living standard

Today, the UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Successful efforts at economic diversification have reduced the portion of GDP based on oil and gas output to 25%. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE more than 30 years ago, the country has undergone a profound transformation from an impoverished region of small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living. The government has increased spending on job creation and infrastructure expansion and is opening up utilities to greater private sector involvement. The country’s free trade zones – offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes – are helping to attract foreign investors.

The UAE’s strategic plan for the next few years focuses on diversification and creating more opportunities for nationals through improved education and increased private sector employment.

The UAE’s per capita GDP (PPP) is on par with those of leading West European nations. Based on 2014 estimate, the UAE’s GDP per capita is about $65,000 (in U.S. dollars).

The United Arab Emirates uses Emirati dirham (AED) as currency. In 2015, Emirati dirhams per US dollar exchange rate is about 3.67. The UAE has modern fiber-optic integrated services and digital network with rapidly growing use of mobile-cellular. Based on 2009 estimate, the UAE has about 3.449 million Internet users.

The United Arab Emirates has 5,628,805 (2014 estimate) population, including Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8%. Arabic is the official language, but Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu are widely spoken in the UAE.

UAE Top Cities and Tourist Attractions

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Abu Dhabi

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Shangri- La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Shangri- La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital and a major travel destination of the UAE, is a fascinating place where the domes and minarets of traditional mosques sit comfortably in the shade of gleaming futuristic skyscrapers. Tree-lined boulevards, manicured roundabouts, dazzling fountains and extensive parks soften the modern cityscape. A short distance from the city centre the wonderfully engineered Abu Dhabi Corniche runs for 10 kilometres along the island’s mangrove-fringed and white sandy shores. Many world-class hotels and restaurants are located along the downtown section of this scenic stretch.

Abu Dhabi is also a major business, manufacturing and trading center, and the location of the headquarters of many oil companies.

Dubai City

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Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Dubai City, one of the world top travel destinations, is built along the edge of a narrow 10-kilometre winding creek that divides the southern section of Bur Dubai, the city’s traditional heart, from the northern area, Deira, a bustling commercial centre containing a range of retail outlets, souqs and hotels. Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridges and Al Shindagha Tunnel link Bur Dubai and Deira.

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach, about 20 minutes from Dubai city, is a major UAE tourism area with several award-winning luxury hotels and a delightful sandy beach.

Fujairah

Fujairah, with a breathtaking coastline of more than 90 kilometres, is the only emirate situated along the Gulf of Oman. Fujairah is a place of considerable natural beauty where rugged mountains and valleys sweep down to the settled palm-fringed coastal plain. There are some stunning beaches and good diving locations along the coast, whilst both the coastal strip and the hinterland contain many cultural and historic sites. Agriculture and fishing, two traditional mainstays of the economy, still feature prominently.

Fujairah City is an attractive town and a rapidly developing commercial and tourist centre. Its strategic location outside the Straits of Hormuz, which provides easy access to international shipping routes, has played a key role in its development as one of the world’s top oil-bunkering ports.