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Middle East and North Africa

United Arab Emirates

Official name: United Arab Emirates. Sometimes simply called Emirates or UAE

Capital city: Abu Khabi; largest city Dubai

Area: 82,880 square kilometers (30,000 square miles); about the size of Maine

Population: 8.2 million

People: Indian (1.75 million); Pakistani (1.25 million); Bangladeshi (500,000); other Asian (1 million); European and African (500,000); and Emirati (890,000).

Languages: Arabic (official language), English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali

Religions: Muslim (96%), Hindu, Christian

Currency: UAE dirham

Government type: Federation with specified powers reserved for the U.A.E. federal government. Other powers reserved to member emirates.

U.S. – UAE relations:

The United States and United Arab Emirates established diplomatic and economic relations in 1971 at the time when United Arab Emirates gained full independence from the United Kingdom. The United States and United Arab Emirates cooperate in various issues including law enforcement, energy policy, non-proliferation, trade, cultural exchange, regional security, economic growth, and education. The U.S. and U.A.E. signed the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, and they are members of the same international organizations, including World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank.

 

Reference: U.S. State Department

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