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Useful Facts About United Arab Emirates

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You may hear about Dubai; a city which has grown to a level that can challenge the world dominant skyscrapers. But you may not know that Dubai is just another city in United Arab Emirates. So I thought of writing about facts about united Arab emirates, actually UAE is a country that has unified 7 Emirate states together to embrace the prosperity. After the independence from British in 1971, UAE’s founding father: at that time the ruler of Abu Dhabi took the initiative to establish a country named to be United Arab Emirates, combining six adjoining Emirate states in the southeast of Arabian peninsula. In 1972 another state called Ras Al Khaimah joined the unity giving birth to the Seven Emirates today.

Names of UAE 7 Emirates

Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Dubai (DXB)
Sharjah (SHJ)
Fujairah (FUJ)
Ajman (AJM)
Umm al-Quwain( UAQ)
Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK)

UAE Flag

Emphasising the unity of Arabic unity of 7 Emirate states, in 1971 UAE Flag was officially declared to represent the country.

Locations of UAE 7 Emirates

UAE is located at the Arab peninsula bordering Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Persian Gulf respectively in Northeast & southeast, South & West & Southwest, Northwest and North.

Climate of UAE

United Arab Emirates is basically a desert land which has hot sunny climate. Normally the climatic changes in the country change from
• October to April – winter
• May to September – summer

Summer in UAE

During the summer, usually the temperature remains between 30-50 C0.
July and August months are normally considered as the hottest months where the temperature is above 45 C0.

Winter in UAE

During the winter, usually the temperature level remains between 15- 30

Mostly frequent short rains can be experienced in UAE during this period and best time to spend vacations.

What is UAE famous for?

  • Oil and Natural Gas Reserves : UAE is gifted with crude oil reserves and natural gas reserves used to generate petroleum and Electrical energy
  • Tourism – Leisure tourism and Cultural tourism allows many things to do in UAE in terms of sightseeing tours, heritage explorations ,safaris, theme parks, hotels stays, cuisines and spas
  • Business – Dubai is one of the most functioning business hubs when Sharjah, Ajman and Fujairah cities comprises with many industrial zones
  • Desert Safari – Dubai and Abu Dhabi Desert safaris are one of the must-do-activity for UAE travellers
  • Burj Kalifa – World’s tallest building and world’s fastest elevator located in Dubai
  • Gold Bar ATM – World’s first Gold ATM machine located at Emirates Place Hotel , Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai Gold Souk – The world’s largest ring is available in this souk, located in Dubai
  • Ferrari World- World Fastest Roller Coaster located in Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai Mall – The largest mall in the world located in Dubai
  • Burj Al Arab- The world’s only 7 star hotel and 3rd tallest hotel in the world
  • Masdar City – Well Planned city and headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency located in Abu Dhabi
  • Capital Gate – World’s furthest leaning man-made tower located in Abu Dhabi
  • Sheik Zayed Mosque – World largest woven carpet and 2nd world largest chandelier inside a mosque and 3rd largest chandelier in the world located in Abu Dhabi
  • Ski Dubai – The longest indoor ski slope in the world located in Dubai inside the Mall of Emirates
  • Palm Jumeirah – An artificial manmade island with the shape of a palm tree located in Dubai
  • Falcon Hospital – The world’s first and largest falconry and treatment centre is located in Abu Dhabi

Life style of Emiratis

UAE National Dresses

Though all the Arabic nationalities wear same style of loose dress, it is really interesting to notice the unique differences in the national dresses of each Arabic country.
United Arab Emirates local citizens also have a traditional dress of their own. This dress code has been worn by ancient Emirati forefathers over hundreds of years to today’s young generation.

Emirati Men’s National Dress

• Kandura – The loose ankle length white cloak
• Tharbusha – A tassel hanging down from neck to chest
• Ghafiyah –The woven small white colour cap under the scarf
• Guthra – The white scarf wears in rectangular shape over the head
• Igal – The black colour circular band made out of goat or camel hair ,wears to tight the headdress
• Woozar – The undergarment worn under the Kandura
• Na-aal – The sandal made out of leather

Emirati Women’s National Dress

• Abaya – Black colour cloak worn on top of dresses
• Barqa – A face mask or a face cover
• Gishwa – The black colour veil used to cover the face
• Shallah –Black colour scarf used to cover the hair
• Gafaaz –Kind of gloves used to cover the hands

UAE Culture

The culture in UAE is mostly influenced by the Islamic background. But since there are many expatriates living there, multi cultural freedom is given for the people to enjoy while serving the local Bedouin cultural values. Ramadan, Hajj Festival, National Day celebrations are grandly held in UAE by the local residents every year. In addition to that year around Heritage festivals, Cultural festivals, Cultural exhibitions are organized to exhibit the ancient local traditions and crafts.

Residents of UAE

According to the census statistics from the total population of UAE, more than 85% of the workforce is from foreign countries, mostly from South Asia. Surprisingly, it was found that 80% of the demography has spread only within Dubai and Abu Dhabi. More than 200 nationalities are holding resident visas as employees in UAE. After 1971, UAE is opened for foreign employers to come and work in the country as business hub. By 2016 Dubai was rewarded as the city that has recorded the highest employee rate in the Middle East region.

Airports in UAE

Each Emirate in United Arab Emirates has an airport. Dubai airport terminal 3 is the lengthiest airport runaway in the world. Latest technology is been used in all UAE airports to make sure the passenger comfort. The GoSleep sleeping pod at Abu Dhabi airport designed for transit passengers is one of the good examples for the UAE Airport facilities.

Ways to travel to UAE 

  • By flight – This is the most common way of travelling to UAE from other countries including Oman
  • By cruise ships – European cruise ships are allowed to visit UAE with valid Port permission
  • By Bus or Private vehicle – From Oman to UAE/ UAE to Oman , valid visa holders can travel by bus or private vehicle by land

Approximate Travelling Time to UAE Cities

  • From Abu Dhabi to Dubai Nearly 2 hours by Private vehicle/ bus
  • From Abu Dhabi to Sharjah Nearly 2 hours by Private vehicle/ 4 hours by bus
  • From Abu Dhabi to Fujairah Nearly 4 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Abu Dhabi to Ajman Nearly 2 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Abu Dhabi to Umm al-Quwain Nearly 2.15 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Abu Dhabi to Ras al-Khaimah Nearly 3 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Dubai to Sharjah Nearly 45 munities by Private vehicle/ 1.30 hours by Bus
  • From Dubai to Fujairah Nearly 3 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Dubai to Ajman Nearly 35 -55 minutes by Private vehicle
  • From Dubai to Umm al-Quwain Nearly 50-60 minutes by Private vehicle
  • From Dubai to Ras al-Khaimah Nearly 1.30 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Sharjah to Fujairah Nearly 2.30 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Sharjah to Ajman Nearly 20-30 minutes by Private vehicle
  • From Sharjah to Umm al-Quwain Nearly 20-30 minutes by Private vehicle
  • From Sharjah to Ras al-Khaimah Nearly 1 hour by Private vehicle
  • From Fujairah to Ajman Nearly 2.30 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Fujairah to Umm al-Quwain Nearly 2 – 2.30 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Fujairah to Ras al-Khaimah Nearly 2 hours by Private vehicle
  • From Ajman to Umm al-Quwain Nearly 20-30 minutes by Private vehicle
  • From Ajman to Ras al-Khaimah Nearly 1 hour by Private vehicle
  • From Umm al-Quwain to Ras al-Khaimah Nearly 30-40 minutes by Private vehicle

Obtaining Visas to UAE

Responsible Authority

UAE immigration department denoted as the General Department of Residency and Foreign Affairs, is the respective authorized government body which approve UAE visas for visitors and residents.

Tourist visa Sponsorship

In order to obtain a UAE Visit Visa for a tourist, a sponsorship by an individual or a company is a pre-requirement to launch a visa application. Resulting on those UAE travel agencies, Hotels are given the special permission to sponsor the tourists by the immigration department.

On Arrival Visas

Certain nationalities are given the chance to travel to UAE on basis of “On Arrival Visa”

Safety in UAE

– Police

UAE is one of the safest countries in the Middle East region and as well as the world. The highest security and the public law in this country allow the people to live peacefully. Even at late night anyone can go out freely and fearlessly. Most of the places in the country are covered by security cameras to detect any kind of dispute or misbehaviours. UAE police is well equipped with the famous and fastest vehicles such as Ferrari cars, Lamborghini etc.

– Offensive behaviors

Unlike European countries, UAE has strict rules on
X Public display of affection (Kissing in public, Hugging, sex is prohibited in public places)
X Alcohol consumption and smoking

– Government Transfer services

UAE Government provides transfer facilities such as Bus and Taxi. You can hire a taxi in Dubai or Abu Dhabi easily by calling the Taxi centre or using the App to easily book a taxi to travel to any part of UAE.

Taxi booking

  • UAE Country code: +971
  • Taxi Abu Dhabi: 600535353
  • Taxi Dubai: 04208080

UAE Taxi Fares

Abu Dhabi Taxi

Day time: 8.00 am – 9.55 pm: starting fare is 3.50 AED
After 10 pm – 6.00am: starting fare is 4 AED

Dubai Taxi

Day time: 8.00 am – 9.55 pm: starting fare is 3 AED
After 10 pm – 6.00am: starting fare is 3.50 AED

Sharjah Taxi

Day time: 8.00 am -9.55 pm: starting fare is 3.50 AED
After 10 pm -6.00am: starting fare is 4 AED

Time Difference between UAE and other countries

Usually UAE is belonging to GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time 3) time zones. Based on that here are approximate time differences with some important counties in the world.

UAE- Oman – No time difference
UAE- Saudi Arabia – 1 hour (if its 2 am in UAE, in Saudi its 1 am)
UAE- USA, Washington – 8 hours (if its 9 am in UAE, in USA its 1 am)
UAE- UK – 3 hours (if its 4 am in UAE, in UK its 1 am)
UAE- Germany – 2 hours (if its 3 am in UAE, in Germany its 1 am)
UAE – Australia, Canberra – 6 hours (if its 1 am in UAE, in Canberra its 7 am)
UAE- France – 2 hours (if its 3am in UAE, in France its 1am)
UAE- Italy – 2 hours (if its 3am in UAE, in Italy its 1am)
UAE- Switzerland – 2 hours (if its 3am in UAE, in Switzerland its 1am)
UAE- Netherlands – 2 hours (if its 3am in UAE, in Netherlands its 1am)
UAE- India -1.30 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in India its 2.30 am)
UAE- Sri Lanka -1.30 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Sri Lanka its 2.30 am)
UAE- Japan – 5 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Japan its 6 am)
UAE- Korea – 5 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Korea its 6 am)
UAE- China – 4 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in China its 5 am)
UAE- Maldives – 1 hour (if its 2 am in UAE, in Maldives its 1 am)
UAE- Singapore – 4 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Singapore its 5 am)
UAE- Thailand – 3 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Thailand its 4 am)
UAE- Philippines – 4 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Philippines its 5 am)
UAE – Indonesia, Jakarta – 3 hours (if its 1am in UAE, in Jakarta its 4 am)
UAE- Turkey – 1 hour (if its 2 am in UAE, in Turkey its 1 am)
UAE- Ireland – 3 hours (if its 4 am in UAE, in Ireland its 1 am)
UAE- Greece – 1 hour (if its 2 am in UAE, in Greece its 1 am)
UAE-Kuwait – 1 hour (if its 2 am in UAE, in Kuwait its 1 am)
UAE- Russia, Moscow – 1 hour (if its 2am in UAE, in Moscow its 1am)

Other Useful Information about UAE

  • Capital city of UAE: Abu Dhabi
  • Most populated city in UAE: Dubai
  • Currency unit: UAE Dirham 1 (AED/ Dhs) = 100 Fills
  • Exchange rate: 1 US Dollar = AED 3.67
  • Weekend Days: Friday and Saturday
  • Week Days: Sunday to Thursday
  • International dialing code (UAE): +971
  • Internet domain: .ae

John Barnes

I love traveling to different places around the UAE. I believe in creating tours that are interesting and deliver the best in terms of exotic views and unique experiences. I want all tourists to enjoy each tour with the excitement that I got while traveling to these places. When I first started my career in technology I realized the lack of tourist information about UAE online. It was then that I decided to explore different places in the UAE and move with the people of UAE so I can give tourists the first hand experience. My passion for exploring places and dedication to my work means that I create information with real life experiences and design tours that unique, exciting and interesting.