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United Arab Emirates's Country Information

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Name : United Arab Emirates
Official Name : United Arab Emirates
Capital : Abu Dhabi
Climate : Desert, cooler in eastern mountains
Race : Amiri 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8%
Language : Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu. Arabic and English are commonly used in business and commerce.
Official Language : Arabic
Religion : Muslim 96% (Shi’a 16%), Christian, Hindu and other 4%.
Government : Federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates.
Population (in mil) : 2.3
Literacy Rate : 79.2%
Visas : British citizens and nationals of most Gulf countries do not require visas.
All other visitors are required to have visas.
If your passport shows evidence of travel to Israel you will be denied entry to the UAE.
Immunisations : Hepatitis A & B
Time : GMT/UTC plus 4 hours
Electricity : 220V (240V in Abu Dhabi), 50Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric
Currency : UAE dirham
Travellers Cheque : The use of travellers cheques are not advisable.
Us dollars and British pounds are widely acceptable in the country.
Credit Cards : Credit cards are widely accepted.
Tipping : Tipping is not compulsory but would be appreciated.
Bargaining : Most hotels are willing to negotiate discounts but virtually all other prices in the country are fixed.