The United Arab Emirates, often referred to as the U.A.E, 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, with Saudi Arabia to the west and southwest, and Oman to the southeast and also on the eastern tip of the Musandam Peninsula as well as an Omani enclave within its borders. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Government: Elective Monarchy
Currency:Emirati Dirham (AED)
Total area: 83,600 km2
Population: 4,484,000 (2008 est.)
Language: Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu
Religion: Muslim 94% (Shi'a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 6%