The United Arab Emirates is an Arabian Peninsula nation settled mainly along the Persian Gulf that was formed from 7 sheikhdoms. Dubai is the site of ultramodern Burj Khalifa tower, enormous shopping centers and extravagant attractions, such as the indoor Ski Dubai.

Abu Dhabi, the island capital, is home to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,

with crystal chandeliers and room for 41,000 worshipers.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Dialing code: +971
Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
Population: 9.346 million (2013) World Bank
City in the United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Area: 4,114 km²
Weather: 24°C, Wind NW at 26 km/h, 50% Humidity
Getting there: 17 h 30 min flight, around $990. View flights
Population: 2.106 million (2013)
GDP per capita: 24,866.00 USD (2014)
Gross domestic product: 82.87 billion USD (2014)
Abu Dhabi
Capital of the United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
Area: 972 km²
Weather: 24°C, Wind NW at 23 km/h, 53% Humidity
Getting there: 18 h 20 min flight, around $1,385. View flights
Population: 613,368 (2012)
Number of airports: 3
Emirate: Emirate of Abu Dhabi
City in the United Arab Emirates
Sharjah is a United Arab Emirates city on the Persian Gulf. Traditionally more conservative than its southern neighbor, Dubai, Sharjah is widely considered the nation’s cultural capital. Its Heritage Area is on the creek that the city first developed around, with restored homes and museums devoted to Emirati customs. It’s also home to Sharjah Fort, a 19th-century royal residence turned local history museum.
Area: 235.5 km²
Weather: 24°C, Wind NW at 26 km/h, 50% Humidity
Getting there: 21 h flight, around $1,415. View flights
Population: 801,004 (2008)
Emirate: Emirate of Sharjah
Ras al-Khaimah
City in the United Arab Emirates
Ras al-Khaimah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Its name could be taken to mean “Top of the tent” or alternatively “headland of the small hut”. 
Area: 1,684 km²
Getting there: 23 h 30 min flight. View flights
Weather: 25°C, Wind NW at 13 km/h, 57% Humidity
Number of airports: 1

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