Official name : United Arab Emirates
Area : 82,880 sq km
Population : 3.1 million (2000 est.)
Capital city : Abu Dhabi
People : Arab (61%), South Asian (22%), Iranian (8%), other expats (9%)
Languages : Arabic
Currency : 1 UAE Dirham = 100 fils
The UAE is a federation of seven autonomous Shaikhdoms with a total land area of 83,600 square kilometres. The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah Fujairah, Umm al Qaiwan and Ajman. The total population is 2.6 million (85% of which is expatriate). The climate is dry sub tropical with hot summers (May to October) and high humidity near the coast.