27 Amazing Facts About UAE

The United Arab Emirates is a Middle Eastern country that is known as a global innovation hub where countries from all over the world come to invest. The UAE’s regions include terrain, desert, oasis, coast, and mountains, all of which represent traditional lifestyles. The UAE has a rich heritage and culture that reflects traditional Islamic and Arab values. The lifestyle is also influenced by the environment and terrain.

  1. The United Arab Emirates is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and west, oman to the northeast, and the east. However, the precise border of the UAE remains a matter of dispute. The area of the country is slightly smaller than that of the Portugal.
  2. In December 1971, the country became a federation combining six emirates which are Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al-Quwain, Ajman, and Fujairah. The seventh emirate Ras Al Khaimah joined the federation in the year 1972. The capital city Abu Dhabi is located in the wealthiest and largest of the total seven emirates.
  3. The Smallest emirate in the country is the Ajman that encompasses only 259 Km2. Whereas the biggest emirate is the Abu Dhabi that accounts for 87 percent or 72,732 km2 of the total land of UAE.
  4. There are no permanent rivers in the country, but it does have wadis which is a permanent or intermittently dry riverbed.
  5. In 2017 the country became the first nation on the planet to appoint a dedicated minister for artificial intelligence. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama was the minister who was appointed for the purpose and was just 27 years old when he became the minister.
  6. The Dubai Police Force has one of the best car fleets in the world. They have some most expensive and fastest cars like Ferrari FF, Bugatti Veyron, Hummer H3, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, McLaren 650S, Audi R8 and so on.
  7. Till 2016 the Dubai metro was the world’s longest driverless metro network with a route length of 75 km (47 miles) and was recognized for the same by the Guinness world record in 2012. However, the record has been surpassed to automated driverless Canada’s Sky train and Singapore’s MRT.(
  8. As of now, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, with a height of 828 meters and 163 floors. But soon, Jeddah Tower or also known as the kingdom tower of Saudi Arabia, will take the position of being the tallest building on the planet as it is under construction. The Jeddah tower will have 200 floors and will reach 1008 meters.
  9. The Capital Gate tower is the world’s “farthest manmade leaning building.” The building has been built to lean 18° west, which is about four times that of the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen.
  10. A falcon represents the United Arab Emirates Coat of Arms with a UAE flag at the heart of the emblem, which denotes the heritage and the strength. While the flag has seven stars, its center which represents the unity of the seven emirates.
  11. The flag of the UAE contains all the colors of the Arab countries, which denotes the unity between all the Arab countries.
  12. The Arabian oryx is the national animal of the United Arab Emirates. It is also the national animal of other middle east countries like Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar.
  13. Over 50,000 people of United States origin lives here in UAE. The majority of U.S. citizens live in Dubai, while others live in Abu Dhabi. Besides the united states some other majority of citizens from other countries live here like Iraq (100,000 people), Lebanese (80,000), Jordanians (250,000), Moroccans (100,000), Palestinians (100,000), Somalis (50,000), Sudanese (79,000) and Yemenis (98,000).
  14. Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port of the country is the largest port of call for the United States Navy outside America. The country hosts about 5,000 U.S. military personnel, many at Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra airbase, where advanced drones and a fleet of F-35 fighter jets are stationed.
  15. The Dubai Frame is the world’s largest picture frame in the world which is 150 meters high and is of a rectangular structure. The frame shows views of their stunning skyscrapers, including the iconic Burj khalifa.
  16. The masdar city of UAE is an urban environmental ambition by Foster and Partners to develop a sustainable city entirely carbon-free and have completely a waste-free environment. It is the first city of its kind on the globe.
  17. There are about 9,083 mosques and musallas in the UAE, plus apart from mosques, there are over 40 Churches in the country. Dubai also has a Sikh gurudwara and two small Hindu shrines.
  18. The United Arab Emirates has the 7th spot in the world in terms of oil reserve. The country holds 97,800,000,000 barrels of proven oil reserves as of 2016, which is about 5.9% of the world’s total oil reserve.
  19. The UAE ranks 18th in the economic freedom index with a score of 76.2. The country that achieves the first spot is Singapore, with a score of 89.4.
  20. Burj Al Arab of Dubai is the world’s first and only 7-star hotel in the world.
  21. The Dubai mall is the biggest mall in the world, based on a total area of over 12 million square feet, which is equivalent to more than 50 million Soccer fields.
  22. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the first Ferrari branded theme park and has the record for the largest space frame structure ever built. It also has the world’s fastest roller coaster.
  23. The Dubai Aquarium tank located in the Dubai mall is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world, with about 10- million liters of water.
  24. The top 5 exports of the United Arab Emirates are Crude Petroleum ($58.1 Billion), Refined Petroleum ($32.3 Billion), Gold ($15.4 Billion), Jewellery ($12.2 Billion), and Diamonds ($10.2 Billion).
  25. The top 5 imports of the United Arab Emirates are Gold ($27.3 Billion), Broadcasting Equipment ($15.5 Billion), Jewellery ($13.4 Billion), Refined Petroleum ($12.8 Billion), and Cars ($11.3 Billion).
  26. The country is home to the world’s largest hand-woven carpet that measures 5,630 m² (60,600.81 ft²) and was manufactured by the Iran carpet company of Iran. It was manufactured for a mosque of Abu Dhabi and was created in 9 parts, and was further assembled in the mosques.
  27. Palm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Deira Island, which are some of the world’s largest manmade islands.

  • CAPITAL CITY: Abu Dhabi
  • POPULATION: 96.3 lakhs
  • GDP NOMINAL: $432.612 billion
  • GDP RANK: 28th
  • CURRENCY: United Arab Emirates dirham
  • FOUNDED: 2 December 1971
  • FATHER OF THE NATION: Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • TOTAL AREA: 83,600 km2
  • AREA RANK: 114th worldwide
  • ARMY STRENGTH: 180,000
  • ARMY RANK: 45th
  • LITERACY RATE: 93.2 %
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 70,430 PPP dollars


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