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About the UAE

Location

Southeast region of the Arabian Peninsula, it extends from the Oman Gulf eastward to Qatar westward, bordered by the Arabian Gulf from the north and the northwest, Qatar and Saudi Arabia from the west and Oman Gulf as well as the Sultanate of Oman from the east.

Climate

Being in a dry tropical region, its climate is generally characterized by the increase of humidity and temperature during the summer, ranging between 35°C to 40°C. Humidity occasionally reaches 100 percent. Winter is mild with temperatures reaching 18°C.


President of the Country

HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may Allah bless him)

Population

7.2 Million (as estimated end of 2011 - Source: Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Capital

Abu Dhabi

The Seven Emirates

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah

Language

Arabic - official language; English - second language

Local Timing

Precedes the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by four hours

Public Holidays

Official working days - Sunday to Thursday; Weekend - Friday to Saturday

Dress Code

The UAE is a conservative society. Visitors (both men and women) are advised not to wear excessively revealing clothing in public places as a sign of respect for local culture and customs.

Hospitality

The UAE is built upon the values of hospitality and generosity. Visitors will be amazed at the genuine warmth of the people. A reception room for receiving and entertaining guests, also known as Majlis, is a testament to the people's unique hospitality.

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