United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (Arabic: دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة) is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. It has coastlines on the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The neighboring states are Saudi Arabia to the west and southwest, and Oman to the east and southeast, including Omani enclaves on the Musandam Peninsula and at Madha. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.

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The seven emirates (imarat, singular – imarah) that make up the UAE are:

Map of United Arab Emirates

  Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi and Al Ain)
  Emirate of Dubai (Dubai and Hatta)
  Emirate of Sharjah (Sharjah, Dibba, Kalba and Khor Fakkan)
  Emirate of Ajman (Ajman)
  Emirate of Umm al Quwain (Umm al Quwain)
  Emirate of Ra’s al Khaymah (Ra’s al Khaymah)
  Emirate of Fujairah (Fujairah)

The largest of these by far is Abu Dhabi, while probably the best known is Dubai.

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