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United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven independent emirates, each with its own ruler. The federal government is a constitutional republic, headed by a president and council of ministers. Islamic ideals and beliefs provide the conservative foundation of the country's customs, laws and practices. The UAE is a modern, developed country, and tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Dept of State Background Notes on the United Arab Emirates for additional information.

United Arab Emirates


Image of United Arab Emirates
Country Name: United Arab Emirates
Continent: Middle East
Capital City: Abu Dhabi
Boundary Countries:

Oman, Saudi Arabia

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

IBN Nafees Medical Center (Abu Dhabi, American Hospital Dubai, Apollo Al-Khaleej Medical Centre, Belhoul European Hospital, Central Private Hospital

Main Cities:

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ar Ruways, Al Fujayrah, Sharjah

Country Size: 83,600 sq km
Population: 2,602,713



Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu

Currency: Emirati dirham (AED)
Predominant Religions:

Muslim 96% (Shi'a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 4%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 2 December (1971)
Economic Status:

The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Despite largely successful efforts at economic diversification, nearly 40% of GDP is still directly based on oil and gas output. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE more than 30 years ago, the UAE has undergone a profound transformation from an impoverished region of small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living.


Army, Navy (includes Marines and Coast Guard), Air and Air Defense Force, paramilitary forces (includes Federal Police Force).

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Airport Road at Rabdan (29th) Street
Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No. 4
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Tel. +971-2 414 2200
U.S. Consulate in Dubai
Corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd.
Dubai, U.A.E
Phone: +971-4-309-4000
Document Requirements:

A passport is required. For stays of 30 days or fewer, US citizens holding valid passports may obtain visitor visas at the port of entry for no fee. For a longer stay, a traveler must obtain a visa before arrival in the UAE. In addition, an HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival. A US HIV/AIDS test is not accepted. For further information, travelers can contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, 3522 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20037, telephone (202) 243-2400. Visit the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates web site for the most current visa information.
The Government of the United Arab Emirates requires that all persons residing in the UAE, including U.S. citizens, have a national identification card. Americans who are working or living in the UAE should visit the Emirates Identity Authority web site for more information on card registration procedures and requirements.
Unlike other countries in the region that accept US military ID cards as valid travel documents, the UAE requires US military personnel to present a valid passport for entry/exit.
UAE authorities will confiscate any weapons, weapon parts, ammunition, body armor, handcuffs, and/or other military/police equipment transported to or through a civilian airport. Americans have been arrested and jailed for transporting such weapons and equipment without the express written authorization of the UAE government, even though airline and US authorities allowed shipment on a US-originating flight.
Please review the Criminal Penalties section of this document for more information on customs restrictions, particularly in regard to the UAE’s strict anti-drug laws.
US citizens and citizens of other countries that are not members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) who depart the UAE via land are required to pay a departure fee. This fee is 20 UAE dirhams and is payable only in the local currency.
The United Arab Emirates has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions on persons applying for a work or residence visa. An HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival. A US HIV/AIDS test is not accepted.  Please inquire directly with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates before you travel.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 37   Airports w/paved runways: 23

Dubai Airport, Dubai, PO Box 2525, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 216 2525
Fax: +971 4 224 4067 document.write('cvdca' + 'dir' + cat + 'emira' + 'tes.n' + 'et');
Website: www.dubaiairport.com or www.dubaicargovillage.com

Airport Data: International, 24 hours
Customs Tel: +971 4 822122
Fax: +971 4 822227
Customs Hours: 24 hours

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Americans in the United Arab Emirates should exercise a high level of security awareness. The Department of State remains concerned about the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Americans should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with caution. In addition, U.S. citizens are urged to avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects, and to report the presence of the objects to local authorities. Crime generally is not a problem for travelers in the UAE.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  14.09 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 75.44 years  (male 72.92/female 78.08)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None;  Please note:

The UAE has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions on persons applying for a work or residence visa. An HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival. A US HIV/AIDS test is not accepted.

Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid.
Boosters: tetanus-diptheria, measles and polio as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

There is no risk of Malaria in UAE.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Basic modern medical care and medicines are available in the principal cities of the UAE, but not necessarily in outlying areas.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 78
Referrals: 264
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is reported throughout the area.

Communications Info:

international: country code +971      
Internet code: .ae


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