United Arab Emirates (UAE)

By Nathan Mattingly

General Information

  • Population: 9 million
  • Official Religion: Islam
  • Official Language: Arabic

Education

  • Literacy rate is about 90%
  • 60% of students attend public schools
  • The UAE Ministry of Education is partnered with the National Association of Elementary School Principals in the U.S.
  • 95% of girls and 80% of boys apply for higher education

Economy

  • The main industries are petroleum, petrochemicals, fishing, aluminum, cement, fertilizers, and textiles
  • Discovery of oil has transformed this region
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

Entertainment

  • Sports: Football, rugby, tennis, golf, horse racing, camel racing, etc.
  • Zoos, aquariums, malls, beaches
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Geography and Climate

  • Mountains, sand dunes, and deserts
  • Highest Point: Jabal Yibir Mountain 1,527 m
  • Burj Khalifa 828 m
  • Emirates Palace: 5-star hotel
  • Sub-tropical and arid

Government

  • Federation with power divided among the federal government and the 7 member emirates