The country of the United Arab Emirates (ولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة) is situated in Western Asia, on the southeast part of the Arabian Peninsula. The country is on the Persian Gulf sharing borders with the countries of Saudi Arabia (south and southwest), Oman (east) as well as maritime borders with Qatar and Iran. The country is a federation of seven emirates, each emirate with its own monarch and capital city. The United Arab Emirates has influences of Emirati Arab culture, South Asia, Africa and a few others cultures brought by immigrants. It has modern and sophisticated metropolises including the world city of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the country's capital. In the major cities you will find exquisite buildings, luxurious hotels, magnificent shopping centres and gardens. The United Arab Emirates offers numerous attractions including extensive beaches, unforgettable desert safaris, indoor ski slopes, splendid cultural sites and wonderful islands.

Population: estimated 9.5 million inhabitants

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Other Major Cities: Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah City, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Al Ain

Religion: Islam

Climate: sub-tropical arid, generally hot and dry

Popular places to visit: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al-KhaimahSharjah, Emirates of Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman, Liwa Oasis

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