62 Facts About UAE


The UAE joined the Arab League on 6 December 1971 and the United Nations on 9 December.

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UAE supported military operations by the US and other coalition nations engaged in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Ba'athist Iraq as well as operations supporting the Global War on Terror for the Horn of Africa at Al Dhafra Air Base located outside of Abu Dhabi.

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In January 2008, France and the UAE signed a deal allowing France to set up a permanent military base in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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The UAE joined international military operations in Libya in March 2011.

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The UAE has largely escaped the Arab Spring, which other countries have experienced; however, 60 Emirati activists from Al Islah were apprehended for an alleged coup attempt and the attempt of the establishment of an Islamist state in the UAE.

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Mindful of the protests in nearby Bahrain, in November 2012 the UAE outlawed online mockery of its own government or attempts to organise public protests through social media.

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On 29 August 2020, the UAE established normal diplomatic relations with Israel and with the help of the United States, they signed the Abraham Accords with Bahrain.

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On 9 February 2021, the UAE achieved a historic milestone when its probe, named Hope, successfully reached Mars' orbit.

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The UAE became the first country in the Arab world to reach Mars, the fifth country to successfully reach Mars, and the second country, after an Indian probe, to orbit Mars on its maiden attempt.

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The UAE has a stretch of the Al Batinah coast of the Gulf of Oman.

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UAE contains four terrestri ecoregions: Al Hajar montane woodlands, Gulf of Oman desert and semi-desert, Al-Hajar foothill xeric woodlands and shrublands, and Al-Hajar montane woodlands and shrublands.

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Climate of the UAE is subtropical-arid with hot summers and warm winters.

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The UAE has been described as a "tribal autocracy" where the seven constituent monarchies are led by tribal rulers in an autocratic fashion.

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The UAE is annually ranked as "Not Free" in Freedom House's annual Freedom in the World report, which measures civil liberties and political rights.

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UAE'sikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the UAE founding father and widely credited for unifying the seven emirates into one country.

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UAE was the UAE's first president from the nation's founding until his death on 2 November 2004.

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UAE e-Government is the extension of the UAE Federal Government in its electronic form.

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UAE is the only country in the world that has a Ministry of Tolerance, a Ministry of Happiness, and a Ministry of Artificial Intelligence.

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The UAE has a virtual ministry called the Ministry of Possibilities, designed to find solutions to challenges and improve quality of life.

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The UAE has a National Youth Council, which is represented in the UAE cabinet by the Minister of Youth.

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UAE legislative is the Federal National Council which convenes nationwide elections every 4 years.

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UAE has broad diplomatic and commercial relations with most countries and members of the United Nations.

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The UAE is a member of the United Nations and several of its specialized agencies, as well as the World Bank, IMF, Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement.

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The UAE tried to bring the matter to the International Court of Justice, but Iran dismissed the notion.

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The UAE recognized Israel in August 2020, reaching a historic Israel–United Arab Emirates peace agreement and leading towards full normalization of relations between the two countries.

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In March 2022, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came to visit the UAE, which was his first visit to an Arab country since the 2011 Syrian civil war.

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UAE intervened in the Libyan Civil War in support of General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army in its conflict with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord .

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UAE has begun production of a greater amount of military equipment, in a bid to reduce foreign dependence and help with national industrialisation.

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The UAE is producing weapons and ammunition through Caracal International, military transport vehicles through Nimr LLC and unmanned aerial vehicles collectively through Emirates Defence Industries Company.

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The UAE operates the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon F-16E Block 60 unique variant unofficially called "Desert Falcon", developed by General Dynamics with collaboration of the UAE and specifically for the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

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UAE introduced a mandatory military service for adult males, since 2014, for 16 months to expand its reserve force.

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The highest loss of life in the history of UAE military occurred on Friday 4 September 2015, in which 52 soldiers were killed in Marib area of central Yemen by a Tochka missile which targeted a weapons cache and caused a large explosion.

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In recent history, the UAE has declared its intention to move towards a more tolerant legal code, and to phase out corporal punishment altogether.

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In November 2020, UAE announced that it decriminalised alcohol, lifted ban on unmarried couples living together and ended clement punishment on honor killing.

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Some domestic workers in the UAE are victims of the country's interpretations of Sharia judicial punishments such as flogging and stoning.

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UAE has escaped the Arab Spring; however, more than 100 Emirati activists were jailed and tortured because they sought reforms.

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Since 2011, the UAE government has increasingly carried out forced disappearances.

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The UAE government denies these people are being held, placing these people outside the protection of the law.

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Arab Organization for Human Rights has obtained testimonies from many defendants, for its report on "Forced Disappearance and Torture in the UAE", who reported that they had been kidnapped, tortured and abused in detention centres.

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Repressive measures were used against non-Emiratis in order to justify the UAE government's claim that there is an "international plot" in which UAE citizens and foreigners were working together to destabilize the country.

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UAE was arrested by UAE authorities, detained, imprisoned and then expelled from the country.

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State Security Apparatus in the UAE has been accused of a series of atrocities and human rights abuses including enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrests and torture.

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Migrant workers in the UAE are not allowed to join trade unions or go on strike.

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UAE's media is annually classified as "not free" in the Freedom of the Press report by Freedom House.

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The UAE is home to some pan-Arab broadcasters, including the Middle East Broadcasting Centre and Orbit Showtime Network.

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UAE has developed from a juxtaposition of Bedouin tribes to one of the world's most wealthy states in only about 50 years.

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UAE offers businesses a strong enabling environment: stable political and macroeconomic conditions, a future-oriented Government, good general infrastructure and ICT infrastructure.

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The UAE are in the top ranks of several other global indices, such as the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index, the World Happiness Report and 33rd in the Global Innovation Index in 2021.

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UAE has an attractive tax system for companies and wealthy individuals, making it a preferred destination for companies seeking tax avoidance.

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UAE leadership has driven forward economic diversification efforts already before the oil price crash in the 1980s, and the UAE isadays the most diversified economy in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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The UAE emits a lot of carbon dioxide per person compared to other countries.

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UAE has the most advanced and developed infrastructure in the region.

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Since the 1980s, the UAE has been spending billions of dollars on infrastructure.

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UAE is served by two telecommunications operators, Etisalat and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company .

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The earliest known poet in the UAE is Ibn Majid, born between 1432 and 1437 in Ras Al-Khaimah.

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The UAE has won the Gulf Cup Championship twice: the first cup won in January 2007 held in Abu Dhabi and the second in January 2013, held in Bahrain.

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The UAE team went all the way to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by the eventual champions, Qatar.

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Notable international tournaments hosted by the UAE have included the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, and three editions of the Asia Cup .

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The UAE has hosted one full edition of Indian Premier League in 2020 and two partial editions of the Indian Premier League in 2014 and 2021.

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UAE has shown a strong interest in improving education and research.

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UAE citizenship is very difficult to obtain other than by filiation and only granted under very special circumstances.

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UAE'sikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the country and a major tourist attraction.

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