The United Arab Emirates (UAE) comprise the seven member
Umm Al Quwain
Ras Al Khaimah
Abu Dhabi is the capital city, and rest are Dubai, Sharjah,
Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The total area of the
Federation is about 83,600 square kilometers, much of it in Abu Dhabi emirate.
Dubai, with an area of 3,885 square kilometers, is the second largest emirate.
Situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek, a natural inlet from the Gulf which
divides the city into the Deira district to its north and Bur Dubai on its
south, the city ranks as the UAE's most important port and commercial center.
The UAE has 700 kilometers of coastline, of which 100 kilometers are on the Gulf
of Oman. Along the Arabian Gulf coast there are offshore islands, coral reefs
and sabkha, or salt-marshes. Stretches of gravel, plain and barren desert
characterise the inland region. To the east, a range of mountains lies close to
the Gulf of Oman and forms a backbone through the Mussandam Peninsula. The
western interior of the country, most of it in Abu Dhabi, consists mainly of
desert interspersed with oasis.