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Where in the World: United Arab Emirates

Raymond Stellhorn
Columnist
rjs2091@lhup.edu
EtihadTowers,_Abu_Dhabi,_November_2012

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The United Arab Emirates or UAE, as it is abbreviated most modern, westerly influenced and wealthy countries in the Middle-East. It is located on the southeast side of the Arabian Peninsula along the Persian Gulf between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The UAE is divided into seven emirates, the two largest being Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which are each ruled by an absolute monarch. Out of those monarchs, one is chosen to be President of the entire nation. The overwhelming majority of the population is made up of expatriates, people temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their own.

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE and the second largest population, has become a playground for the world’s entrepreneurs and rich. In the streets, one will find all types of exotic sports cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis as one would see pick-up trucks in Lock Haven. It is considered the fourth most expensive city in the region for expatriates. However, there also family attractions on offer such as Ferrari World, an amusement park themed around the Ferrari brand. Also there are countless concerts and events taking place, for example, the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Racing Grand Prix. The most iconic sights are the Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace.

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Dubai is the largest populated city in the UAE and is very similar to its counterpart Abu Dhabi. Both cities are very luxurious, have loads of attractions and events on offer, and both have massive towering skylines. In particular, the tallest building in the world is located in Dubai, called Burj Khalifa, standing at 2,722 feet tall, approximately twice the height of the Empire State Building. Also the Burj Al Arab is one of the most iconic buildings of the Middle East, shaped like a sail of a ship. Not all of the UAE is modern; there are numerous historic mosques and forts.

The United Arab Emirates features future architectural designs today with a luxurious lifestyle on offer for the rich and home for Westerners in the Middle East, while also still holding onto its Arab routes.

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