About the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

U.A.E. is located on the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf and stretches over an area of approximately 83,500 sq km. Seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm-Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaima and Fujairah) form the U.A.E. According to the constitution, the U.A.E. is a federal state with a federal government. However, in many areas each single emirate and its government have retained considerable sovereignty. The capital of the U.A.E. is Abu Dhabi. Over the last 15 years the U.A.E. has witnessed a rapid growth in population. U.A.E. nationals account for less than 20% of the entire population with the majority of foreign expatriates coming from the sub-continent. The most important industries of the economy are oil and gas, trade, financial services, tourism and hospitality services, construction, manufacturing and agriculture. The oil and gas sector still contributes for approximately 30% of the country\'s income. Strong efforts are made to further diversify the economy as well as to push forward the privatisation initiatives in the utility and telecommunication sectors. The Emiratisation programme launched several years ago was designed to introduce more Emiratis into the workforce within the public and private sectors aimed at reducing the foreign workforce.

The U.A.E. is located on the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf and stretches over an area of approximately 83,500 sq km. Seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm-Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaima and Fujairah) form the U.A.E. According to the constitution, the U.A.E. is a federal state with a federal government. However, in many areas each single emirate and its government have retained considerable sovereignty. The capital of the U.A.E. is Abu Dhabi. Over the last 15 years the U.A.E. has witnessed a rapid growth in population. U.A.E. nationals account for less than 20% of the entire population with the majority of foreign expatriates coming from the sub-continent. The most important industries of the economy are oil and gas, trade, financial services, tourism and hospitality services, construction, manufacturing and agriculture. The oil and gas sector still contributes for approximately 30% of the country\'s income. Strong efforts are made to further diversify the economy as well as to push forward the privatisation initiatives in the utility and telecommunication sectors. The Emiratisation programme launched several years ago was designed to introduce more Emiratis into the workforce within the public and private sectors aimed at reducing the foreign workforce.