United Arab Emirates

History of United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates is located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Before this area was inhabited by a seafaring people who were converted to Islam in the 7th century. Then later, a dissident sect, the Carmathians, established a powerful sheikdom, and its army conquered Mecca. After the sheikdom disintegrated, its people became pirates. Threatening the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman early in the 19th century, the pirates provoked the intervention of the British, who in 1820 enforced a partial truce and in 1853 a permanent truce. Thus what had been called the Pirate Coast was renamed the Trucial Coast. The British provided the nine Trucial states with protection but did not formally administer them as a colony.

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The Seven Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates is comprised of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. A modern and dynamic country which occupies the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Each emirate, unique and rich in tradition, is an essential component necessary for making up the whole.

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

Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate and is ruled by the Al Nahyan family. It occupies 67,340 square kilometres or 86.7% of the total area of this great nation. The emirate is primarily a vast desert area with about two dozen islands in the coastal waters, including the island where the city of Abu Dhabi is situated, plus six sizeable islands further out in the Arabian Gulf. The population of this emirate is concentrated in three areas: the capital city, Abu Dhabi; Al Ain, an oasis city situated close to the Hajar Mountains; and the villages of the Liwa oases. Traditionally, the population along the coast relied on fishing and pearling for their livelihood, whilst those in the hinterland relied on date plantations and camel herding. Through remarkable leadership and personal commitment, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has developed Abu Dhabi into an influential, fully modernised state.

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Major Cities Quick Facts

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Abu Dhabi - The capital of the UAE
Ajman - The smallest emirate, One of the budget destinations.
Al Ain - Inland and close to the Omani border town of Buraimi, Al Ain comprises a triangle between the proper cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
• Dubai - The most popular entry point for tourist, it is the transport and commerce center of the United Arab Emirates.
• Fujairah - An ideal place for weekend breaks for residents with beautiful coastal stretches, white sandy beaches, hot springs and more.
• Ras Al Khaimah - Another ideal place for weekend breaks for residents with beautiful coastal stretches, white sandy beaches, hot springs etc.

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UAE Culture
UAE Culture

Emirati culture mainly revolves around traditional Arab and Persian cultures and the religion Islam. The official language is Arabic and Sunni is the majority of the local population. The communities have their own schools and social and cultural institutions. English, Urdu/Hindi and Farsi are also spoken. Traditionally, the people of UAE are courteous, kind and friendly and quite hospitable both in social matters and in business. Foreigners, especially tourists and visitors are treated with respect. But they in turn are expected to respect local customs, especially religious practice and abide by the law of the land. During the holy month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, non--Muslim foreigners are expected to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public places during the hours of fasting. During Ramadan, the official working hours on private and government sectors are reduced. Shops compensate for the loss of business by staying open longer. The two Eids arc also the period when many people go abroad for holidays. It is, therefore, advisable to book flights in and out of the UAE well in advance. Visit SouthTravels.com to book your travel.

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Weather and Climate

United Arab Emirates Climate:

The climate features extreme heat because of its sandy landscape, although it is cooler in the eastern mountains. The sun shines all the year round in the UAE and makes it an ideal summer resort.

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Public Holidays

UAE Public Holidays Year 2015
Holiday Date

New Year’s Day January 01, 2015
Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (PBUH) January 03, 2015
Israa & Miaraj Night* May 16, 2015
Ramadan expected to begin* June 18, 2015
Eid Al Fitr* (3 days) July 17, 2015 (July 17 - 19, 2015)
Arafat (Haj) Day* (1 day) September 22, 2015
Eid Al Adha* (3 days) September 23, 2015 (September 23 - 25, 2015 )
Date varies on Lunar cycle
Hijri New Year’s Day* October 15, 2015
Islamic New Year
UAE National Day (2 days) December 02, 2015 (December 2 - 3, 2015)
Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday* (PBUH) December 24, 2015
Probable Holiday. Second time in 2015 due to Lunar cycles

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Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
We want you to know

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing wishes to confirm that the situation in Dubai, UAE and the region is calm and daily life is continuing as normal. In particular, we wish to emphasize that this applies to all aviation and tourism activities, and many visitors are currently in the emirate enjoying the start of the peak tourist season.

United Arab Emirates (Dubai) is one of the safest country in the world even though it is regionally located in the Middle East, since 1970 it is a NEUTRAL country that has no disputes with any Nation or Country.

It is the only country in the world that is Peaceful from all aspects. The main factor is a tight security and the people who are living in it respect the Country rules.

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