Top Ten Facts About The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Do you know anything about the UAE? No. Would you like to?
The Top Ten
1 It is home to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building was in construction from January 2004 to January 4, 2010, when the skyscraper was finally opened. Burj Khalifa is 829.8 meters tall.

This is easily the most well known fact about the UAE. Standing at a staggering 163 floors, This building is the tallest of the world. This masterpiece's building began in 2004, and ended in 2010. I have personally visited this place, and it has many fun things to do, for example, you can observe the rest of Dubai through binoculars, buy souvenirs, take pictures and such. Fun fact: Burj Khalifa used to be named Burj Dubai, but it was changed to honor the President of the UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (If you're wondering, Burj means "tower" in Arabic.)

That right there is one of the greatest buildings of all time.

2 It is divided into 7 Emirates

The way the administration of the UAE works is that: they divide the country into Emirates, which would probably be the equivalent of States in the US. Every Emirate has an Emir, which controls the emirate. The Biggest Emirate is Abu Dhabi, and the smallest one is Ajman. Along the eastern coast of the UAE there is a confusing jumble of borders which is probably caused by the irregular border with Oman.

3 It's a federal presidential elected monarchy

The UAE is a federal presidential elected monarchy which basically means that there is a President who has immense powers and is the head of government. There also is a prime minister. The current President is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the current Prime minister is Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

4 They have made several artificial islands

The UAE has many man-made islands, as you might have known. The most famous of them all is probably the palm islands. There are three of them, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira, and Palm Jebel Ali. Palm Jumeirah has many tourist attractions, like Atlantis, and has restaurants and is mainly a tourist area. Another example of man made islands is the World islands

5 It's very flat

The UAE is very flat, and most of the country is about the same elevation. This causes rain to not form. They are building a mountain in the UAE so rain can form because of how flat and dry it is, they need to build mountains just to get rain. Another side effect is worse sandstorms. Since it is so flat, the wind can pick up lots of sand easily.

6 Emiratis are a minority

When looking at the UAE, a country regarded by most as unfriendly towards foreigners, you'd think they'd be the majority in their country. But actually, that's not the case. A huge percentage of the people are Indian, and there is a great percentage of people who are Pakistani. There is also a large minority of Bangladeshis, Egyptians, and Filipinos. Emiratis are the third largest group after Pakistanis and Indians. This is because the Emirates relies on payed labor, and there are lots of people in Pakistan and India who want to work.

7 UAE's biggest city, Dubai, is the 7th most visited city in the world

The UAE is a hot spot for tourists, and it's not that surprising that a large amount of people visit it. One of the primary reasons Dubai is a great city to visit is because of all the tourist attractions. Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, The Palm Island, and so much more that makes it a great place for tourists to visit.

It’s such a beautiful city, and rich, home to many famous landmarks including The Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, so it definitely deserves it. I didn’t know it was the 7th most visited, though. Wow!

8 The flag of the UAE has a meaning The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is a country located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran.

It may just look like random rectangles thrown about, but in reality, this flag has a great meaning. Red is for hardness, bravery, courage, and strength. Green is for hope, joy, love, and optimism. White is for peace and honesty. Finally, Black is for the defeat of enemies or the strength of mind.

9 It has a high literacy rate

A lot of people who are fed by stereotypes believe that all Arabs are stupid. But the truth is that the UAE has a literacy rate of 93%. 93% is higher than India's literacy rate, which is 77%. Men have a 95% literacy rate, and females have a 95% literacy rate.
EDIT: Males have a 93% literacy rate

10 It has the largest mall in the world

Dubai Mall, which is the largest mall in the world in terms of land size, is a very amazing place. This mall has a 22 screen cinema, and a 250 room luxury hotel. It has a very large aquarium with over 200 species of fish, and there are sharks there. More features of this mall include a haunted house, a VR park, a dinosaur fossil, and many many shops.

That's extremely awesome. I still really want to go to Dubai, though I'll have to wait until Covid dies down.

The Contenders
11 There are no permanent rivers in the UAE
12 Despite being called the United Arab Emirates, there are more Indians and Pakistanis than Arabs in the country
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