U.A.E. Country Profile
U.A.E. at a Glance
|Location:||Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia|
|Climate:||desert; cooler in eastern mountains|
|Terrain:||flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east|
|Resources:||petroleum, natural gas|
|Hazards:||frequent sand and dust storms|
A Brief Profile of U.A.E.
The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Zaby, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. The UAE's per capita GDP is on par with those of leading West European nations. Its generosity with oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed the UAE to play a vital role in the affairs of the region.