UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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The United Arab Emirates is to be found on the Persian Gulf at the end of the Arabian Peninsula where it is bordered by Oman to the north and east, Qatar to the west and Saudi Arabia to the south.
Seven states, or emirates, make up the UAE and a federation was formally established in 1971 consisting of Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Sharjah and the better known names of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The UAE is a country of many landscapes with fertile tracts of land along the coastal plains in stark contrast to the steep mountains of Haiar. The desert covers four-fifths of the UAE but the lush green oases of Al Ain offer a welcome break to the never-ending dunes of the Liwa.
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