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United Arab Emirates

About the United Arab Emirates

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 Dhabi, '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. For more than three decades, oil and global finance drove the UAE's economy. In 2008-09, the confluence of falling oil prices, collapsing real estate prices, and the international banking crisis hit the UAE especially hard. The UAE did not experience the "Arab Spring" unrest seen elsewhere in the Middle East in 2010-11, partly because of the government's multi-year, $1.6-billion infrastructure investment plan for the poorer northern emirates, and its aggressive pursuit of advocates of political reform. The UAE in recent years has played a growing role in regional affairs. In addition to donating billions of dollars in economic aid to help stabilize Egypt, the UAE was one of the first countries to join the Defeat-ISIS coalition, and to participate as a key partner in a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. (World Factbook, CIA)

United Arab Emirates: Environment, Climate, Geology, Energy, Mining, Animals and Natural Disasters

United Arab Emirates: Equality, Democracy, Civil and Human Rights

United Arab Emirates: General Information

United Arab Emirates: Government, Elections and Politics

United Arab Emirates: History, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography

United Arab Emirates: International Relations, Diplomacy and Foreign Assistance

United Arab Emirates: Military, Defense, Security, Intelligence and Terrorism

United Arab Emirates: Judicial System, Courts and Laws

United Arab Emirates: Communication and Information

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