The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states that has grown from a quiet backwater to one of the Middle East’s most important economic centers.
United Arab Emirates
Capital: Abu Dhabi
- Population 8.1 million
- Area 77,700 sq km (30,000 sq miles)
- Major language Arabic
- Major religion Islam
- Life expectancy 76 years (men), 78 years (women)
- Currency Dirham
- UN, World Bank
President: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Abu Dhabi President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who has a reputation as a pro-Western modernizer, was named as president by the UAE Federal Council in November 2004, shortly after the death of his father, Sheikh Zayed Bin-Sultan Al Nahyan.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al Quwain – the seven emirates that make up the UAE – maintain a large degree of independence.
SAIF Zone, Gate 3 building Q1-09. Office 103\A, Sharjah