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FOUNDER :The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahya

NATIONAL HOLIDAY :2ND December -The UAE was established on 2ND December, 1971

CAPITAL :ABU DHABI

AREA : 83,600 Sq. km. (Slightly bigger than Scotland)

NATURAL RESOURCES : Oil and gas; more than 90% are located in Abu Dhabi

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE : ARABIC but English is widely spoken

WEEKEND : FRIDAY & SATURDAY

CURRENCY : UAE Dirham 1 AED = 100 Fills

TIME : GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time +3)

INTERNATIONAL CALLING CODE : +971



The UAE is in the Middle East Gulf region between Oman and Saudi Arabia and is located in a strategic location along southern approaches to Strait of Hormuz - a vital transit point for world crude oil.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi and the largest city is Dubai.

The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income. Since the discovery of oil more than 30 years ago, the country has undergone a major transformation from an impoverished region of small dessert to a modern state with a high standard of living. The government has increased the spending on job creation and infrastructure expansion. The increasing manufacturing and a thriving services sector are helping the UAE diversify its economy.

The countries free trade zones - offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes, are helping to attract foreign investors.


UAE Demographics

The UAE's population was estimated to be 9,445,624 (2014) with the majority being expatriates and less than 20% are UAE nationals or Emiratis. Of the population, 23% are Arabs and Iranians, 50% are from South Asian countries and 8.5% are Western expatriates. There is an increasing presence of Europeans particularly in cities like Dubai. The UAE has the highest net migration rate in the world at 21.71. Dubai is often misperceived as a country rather than a city, which shows how influential the city has become.


Main Industries of UAE

The following are the main industries in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Oil and natural gas
  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction
  • Logistics & transportation
  • Tourism and hospitality

UAE Employment Visa

There are a number of ways to gain access to the UAE depending on the nature of the visit and your country of origin: For those of you who are a citizen of a GCC country, you do not require a visa to visit the UAE. You only need to produce your passport or ID card at the point of entry into the UAE. Also if you are a citizen of some European countries (holding regular passports), you are exempted from an UAE visit visa. Please see below for more information.

An Employment visa is issued for those who have arranged employment before coming and is granted for 30 days. Before the initial period of 30 days expires, your prospective employer should apply for your residency visa which is usually valid for 3 years. A firm offer of employment must be made in order for a working visa and residency permit to be issued. Once this is issued, should you wish to bring your family to the UAE, the residence permit will normally also include the wife and the dependent children of the worker. The whole process is generally straight forward and is managed by your employer who should be able to provide and explain the information to you. Please note the above information may change from time to time. Therefore, it's best to check from official sources such as your local consulate/embassy.


Useful links/contact numbers:

  • www.government.ae (The official portal of UAE Government)

  • Dubai
    Department of Naturalisation and Residency,
    Trade Centre Road,
    near Bur Dubai Police Station
    Tel: 04 3980000

  • Abu Dhabi
    Saeed bin Tahnoon St.
    Abu Dhabi
    Tel: 02 4462244

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