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Country (long form) United Arab Emirates
Capital Abu Dhabi
Total Area 32,000.15 sq mi
82,880.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Maine)
Population 2,407,460 (July 2001 est.)
note: includes 1,576,472 non-nationals
Estimated Population in 2050 3,696,962
Languages Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
Literacy 79.2% total, 78.9% male, 79.8% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 96% (Shi'a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 4%
Life Expectancy 71.84 male, 76.86 female (2001 est.)
Government Type federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates
Currency 1 Emirian dirham (Dh) = 100 fils
GDP (per capita) $22,800 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum, fishing, petrochemicals, construction materials, some boat building, handicrafts, pearling
Agriculture dates, vegetables, watermelons; poultry, eggs, dairy products; fish
Arable Land 0%
Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas
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Geography of the United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates, a country in the Middle East. It lies at the southern end of the Persian Gulf, in eastern Arabia, and consists of seven loosely united sheikhdoms, or emirates—Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Ras al Khaimah, and Fujairah.

History of United Arab Emirates

Early in the 1800's, when it was known as the Pirate Coast, the region was occupied by independent sheikhdoms engaged in piracy and often warring among themselves.