Getting ready for a trip to the Emirates? From iconic skyscrapers to desert landscapes and beautiful beaches, this is a top destination for luxury and adventure. Here are some fun facts about the United Arab Emirates to know ahead of your visit:

  • The UAE is located on the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Saudi Arabia and Oman and has an extensive coastline, stretching more than 1,300 kilometres (800 miles).
  • This country is made up of 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi (the largest), Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah. Each is ruled by a different royal family.
  • About 9.8 million people live here, and more than 80% of them are expatriates from other countries.
  • Some of the UAE’s top sights are architectural wonders: Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai is the tallest building on the planet, the Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi is the world’s most inclined building, and beachside luxury hotel Burj al Arab is famous for looking like a sail.
  • Arabic is the official language, but English is also widely spoken and appears on written signs.

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