United Arab Emirates is a constitutional federation of
seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm
al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The federation
was formally established on 2 December 1971.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies an area of
83,600 sq km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian
Peninsula. Qatar lies to the west, Saudi Arabia to the
south and west, and Oman to the north and east. The
capital and the largest city of the federation, Abu
Dhabi, is located in the emirate of the same name.
Four-fifths of the UAE is desert, yet it is a country of
contrasting landscapes, from awe-inspiring dunes to rich
oases, precipitous rocky mountains to fertile plains.
The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's fastest
growing tourist destinations, has all the right
ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand,
sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and
restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a
safe and welcoming environment.