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Expats in the United Arab Emirates

Expats in the United Arab EmiratesThe United Arab Emirates: An Overview

The United Arab Emirates is a union of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain), each being governed by a hereditary emir. Once known as the Trucial States, the country was a British protectorate from 1820 until its independence in 1971. The pearling industry represented a major part of the economy until the discovery of oil in the 1950s, which transformed the country's society.

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Human artifacts dated between 100,000-125,000 years old have been discovered in the United Arab Emirates - the earliest evidence of human activity outside of Africa. Evidence of interaction with Mesopotamian societies is available from from 5500 BC and, by the 1st century AD, Umm al-Qaiwain was the site of an important port (Omana) which facilitated trade between the Roman world and the Indian sub-continent.

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Country Name: United Arab Emirates
Coordinates: 24°28'N 54°22'E
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Capital Coordinates: 24°28'N 54°22'E
Other Main Cities: Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain
Population: 8264070
Area: 83600
Official Language(s): English, Persian, Hindi, Urdu
Ethnic Group(s): Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other 8%
Demonym: Emirati
Currency: UAE Dirham, AED
GDP: $269.815 billion
Time Zone: GST (UTC+4)
International Dialling Code: 971
Internet TLD: .ae
Electricity Voltage: 220 Volts AC (50Hz)



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Moving to the United Arab Emirates

If you are considering moving to the United Arab Emirates or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated the United Arab Emirates section including; details of immigration and visas, Emirati forums, Emirati event listings and service providers in the United Arab Emirates.

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Living in the United Arab Emirates

From your safety to shoppingliving in the United Arab Emirates can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks.  Find your feet and stay abreast of the latest developments affecting expats in the United Arab Emirates with relevant news and up-to-date information.

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Working in the United Arab Emirates

Working in the United Arab Emirates can be rewarding as well as stressful, if you don't plan ahead and fulfill any legal requirements. Find out about visas and passports, owning and operating a company in the United Arab Emirates, and general Emirati culture of the labour market.

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