The United Arab Emirates is a country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian peninsula, bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman.
It is governed by the Federal Supreme Council, comprising of the seven emirs each controlling an area of the nation. The main export of the UAE is oil, which has been the primary contributor to the country’s massive economic boom in the past half century. The nation has a desert climate, which can lead to scorching days and freezing nights.
Dubai pulls travelers from the world over, with a host of spectacular modern architecture. The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa and seven-star hotel the Burj Al Arab can both be found in the city. International visitors also enjoy the Wild Wadi water park and the huge indoor ski centre, Ski Dubai.
South of Dubai is the United Arab Emirates University, which is based on six campuses in the city of Al Ain. Modelled around the American education system, another university in the city of Sharjah was founded in 1997. Many of the courses and the library collections are in English.
The main religion in the UAE is Islam, which plays a role in defining its politics and governance. For instance, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited outside certain hotels and clubs, and residents need to acquire a license to drink at home.