What is now known as the United Arab Emirates was created after the withdraw of the British in 1971.

The first time the occidental world heard about this region of the world was when Portuguese Vasco Da Gama wrote about it in 1500.

The Portuguese arrived in 1498 and have implemented a custom office 20 years later in order to tax the trade with India and far east. Attacked by British and Dutch on the sea, and by local tribes on the land, Portuguese left the area in the mid 17th century.

The area was then under the control of the Al Yaruba imams of Oman. From now on the region entered in a conflict involving the Qawasim, the Al Busaids and the British until they imposed an agreement known as the Treaty of Peace in Perpetuity.

Great Britain entered into treaties with various leaders in the area in order to protect its ships in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean. In addition, Britain was allowed to handle foreign relations.

The United Arab Emirates became fully independent on 2 December 1971, although Ras al-Khaimah did not join until 1972. From that time, it has attracted attention -- first because of its oil reserves and its strategic location but now in addition to those, because of its program of economic and social development.

Education, health care and social services are available to all citizens. Before the discovery of oil in the 1950s, the UAE was a group of largely undeveloped emirates under the protection of the British. Oil brought rapid growth and modernisation to the area, and the emirates became independent as the UAE in 1971. Its seven member states are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Al Fujayrah, Ra's al Khaymah, Ash Shariqah, and Umm al Qaywayn.

United Arab Emirates

Seven emirates : Abu Dhabi , Ajman, Al Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al Khaima, Umm al Qaiwain.

Area : 82 880 Km2
Capital : Abu Dhabi
Main Cities : Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain
Independence : The second of December 1971 (United Kingdom) Constitution : The second of December 1971
Parliament : Unicameral . Forty members named for two years.

Economy :
Currency : Dirham (Dh)= 100 Fils
GDP : 40 billion US$ (1998)
GDP per capita : 17.400 US$ (1998)
Inflation rate 1997 : 5%
Export 1997 : 38 Billion US $
Import 1997 : 30 Billion US $
Population :
Inhabitants : approx. 2.4 million
Density : 28 inhabitants per Km2
Annual Demographic Growth Rate : 2.0 %
Life Expectancy : Male : 73.4 - Female : 76.1
Human Development Index : 42 nd
Sanitary Services Access Rate : 99%

National Holiday : 2 décembre (indépendance 1971 ; ancien protectorat britannique)

Languages : arab ; hindi ; urdu ; farsi ; english


United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven Emirates, located on the Arab Peninsula's oriental coast, at the Arabo Persian Gulf's entry.

- Abu Dhabi - 67 280 Km², most extensive Emirate
- Dubaï - 2 600 Km2
- Sharjah - 1 600 Km2
- Ajman - 250 Km2
- Umm al-Qaiwan - 800 Km²
- Fujairah - 1 300 Km2
- Ras al-Khaimah - 1700 Km2

Emirates have more than 600 kilometres shore, formarly called the Pirats Coast

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