Official name: United Arab Emirates
Form of Government: Federal monarchy
Head of State: President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Population: Approx. 9,581,000
Area: 83,600 km2
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Other Major Cities: Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Umm al-Qaiwain
Language: Arabic (27.15% Indian,12.53% Pakistani,11.32% Emirati,7.31% Bangladeshi,3.13% Sri Lankan,38.6% other
Geography: The United Arab Emirates is situated in Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia; it is in a strategic location slightly south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil.
Time zone: GMT+4
Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
Exchange rate: USD$ 1.00=3.67 AED
Electricity: 220 and 240 volts AC
Credit Cards: Major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, including American Express, Visa Diners Club, and Master Card.
Climate: The climate of the UAE is subtropical-arid with hot summers and warm winters. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 45 °C (113 °F) on the coastal plain. In the Al Hajar Mountains, temperatures are considerably lower, a result of increased elevation. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C (50 and 57 °F). During the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as Sharqi (i.e. "Easterner") makes the coastal region especially unpleasant. The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is less than 120 mm (4.7 in), but in some mountainous areas annual rainfall often reaches 350 mm (13.8 in)
Alcoholic Beverages: The sale of spirits is permitted in dedicated retail stores and licensed outlets such as restaurants, bars and night clubs that are either part of a hotel or selected sports clubs. Standalone retail outlets like grocery stores, supermarkets and restaurants are not authorized to sell or serve alcohol.
Tipping: Tipping is not compulsory but customary and always appreciated.
Weights and Measures: UAE uses the metric system for weights and measures.
Dress Code: The UAE has a modest dress code. The dress code is part of Dubai's criminal law. Most malls in the UAE have a dress code displayed at entrances. At Dubai's malls, females should cover their shoulders and knees; therefore women are not permitted to wear sleeveless tops. People can also wear swimwear at the pools and beaches.People are also requested to wear modest clothing when entering mosques, such as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Embassies: Most countries are represented in Abu Dhabi by 107 embassy or consulate.
Postal Services: Postal services are available at post offices which are found in the capital, Abu Dhabi and most other cities.
Taxies: Taxis are a common form of transport in UAE and relatively cheap compared to other countries. There are several types of taxis.
NATIONAL FLAG OF UAE: The flag of the United Arab Emirates contains the Pan-Arab colors red, green, white, and black, which symbolize Arabian unity. It was adopted on December 2, 1971. A horizontal tricolour of green, white and black with 2/8s of the red on the left
COAT OF ARMS OF UAE: The emblem of the United Arab Emirates was officially adopted in 1973 and later modified in 2008. It is similar to the coats of arms and emblems of other Arab states.
It consists of a golden falcon (Hawk of Quraish) with a disk in the middle, which shows the UAE flag and seven stars representing the seven Emirates of the federation. The falcon has 7 feathers also representing the 7 Emirates. The falcon holds with its talons a red parchment bearing the name of the federation in Kufic script.
Prior to March 22, 2008, when the emblem was modified, the falcon had a red disk, which showed an Arab sailboat in its interior, surrounded by a chain.