50 Interesting Facts About UAE

  1. United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country in the Middle East, was founded on December 02, 1971, with the unification of six Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm al-Quwain). The 7th emirate (Ras al-Khaimah) joined the union later in February 1972.
  2. The world’s oldest natural pearl was discovered on an island near Abu Dhabi in 2019. This pearl is around 8,000 years old. (Source)
  3. The world’s longest zipline is in the emirate of Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE. The length of “Jebel Jais Flight” is 1.76 miles. (Source)
  4. UAE has the highest percentage of expat population in the world. Around 85% population of the UAE consists of expats from various parts of the world, particularly South Asia.
  5. People from more than 200 countries reside in UAE. It allows them to interact with people of various nationalities. (Source)
  6. The world’s longest handmade gold chain, with a length of 5 km, is in UAE. The ‘Dubai Celebration Chain’ weighs more than 240 kg and has 4 million links. (Source)
  7. Abu Dhabi is by far the largest emirate in UAE. Its land area constitutes more than 85% of the total land area of the country.
  8. UAE has constructed the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa). This 828 m tall building is a holder of several other records. It has the most floors in a building (163) and the tallest elevator in any building (504 m). The highest restaurant from the ground level (441.3 m) is also inside Burj Khalifa. (Source)
  9. Marina 101 in Dubai is the 4th tallest residential building in the world. The following five tallest residential buildings (from 5 to 9) are also in UAE.
  10. In May 2017, UAE included a robot in its police department. It is the first operational robot policeman in the world. (Source)
  11. In October 2017, UAE became the first country with a dedicated minister for AI (artificial intelligence). (Source)
  12. Pope Francis visited UAE in 2019. It was the first trip ever by a pope to the Arabian Peninsula. The purpose of this visit was to promote interfaith dialogue. (Source)
  13. The world's first gold bar-dispensing ATM opened in Abu Dhabi in 2010. During its operation, it informed about the market rate of gold in realtime. (Source)
  14. The Dubai Mall in UAE is the world’s largest shopping mall by total area. It is spread over an area of 12 million square feet.
    Dubai Mall
    Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall

  15. Dubai has the highest number of buildings equal to or higher than 200 meters in the entire world.
  16. The world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis, is in Dubai (UAE). Its height is 355.35 m (app. 1,166 ft.). This 5-star hotel provides 1,608 rooms, 19 restaurants, 18 shops, four presidential suits, and other facilities. (Source)
  17. Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is the 2nd largest artificial island in the world. Additionally, Palm Jabel Ali and Palm Jumeirah (both in Dubai) are the world’s 5th and 7th largest artificial islands. (Source)
  18. Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi (UAE) is the world’s most leaning tower, with an 18-degree slope. It is 160-meter high and has 35 floors. (Source)
  19. The Dubai Frame is the largest building in the shape of a picture frame. The height and width of this picture frame are 150.23 m and 95.53 m. (Source)
  20. The Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest natural flower garden in the world. There are more than 60 million flowers in this garden, which receives up to 1.5 million visitors annually. (Source)
  21. The oil was discovered in parts of the UAE in the 1950s. Before that, the economy of these emirates depended on the fishing and pearl industries.
  22. UAE is the world’s second safest country, according to the 2021 safest countries list by Global Finance. The factors considered for this list include war and peace, personal security, and natural disaster. (Source)
  23. MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) is the 4th largest market for the USA. UAE is the largest receiver of exports from the USA in this region. (Source)
  24. The world’s largest water fountain is in Dubai, UAE. “The Palm Fountain” measure 7,327 m2 and was built on October 22, 2020. (Source)
  25. The Dubai Metro Red Line is the world’s longest driverless metro line, with a length of 52.1 km. The combination of Dubai Metro Red Line and Green Line makes it longer than the Vancouver Skytrain. (Source)
  26. Dubai International Airport is the world’s 2nd busiest global airport. However, it was at the 18th spot in 2019. (Source)
  27. Dubai International Airport has the largest airport terminal in the world. The total length of its three terminals is slightly less than 2 million sqm.
  28. Jebel Ali Port in Dubai is the world’s largest man-made seaport. It was constructed between 1976 and 1979 and has a size of around 135 square km.
    Navy ship on Jebel Ali, UAE
    Jebel Ali is world's largest man-made port

  29. UAE has planned to bring giant icebergs from Antarctica to the Fujairah coastline by 2020. According to estimates, an average iceberg provides enough freshwater to fulfill the requirements of 1 million people for five years. (Source)
  30. UAE has built the world’s largest (desalinated) water reserve under the Liwa desert. It can provide 26.5 million gallons of water per day. (Source)
  31. The world’s tallest solar power tower, built in June 2020, is in Dubai. The height of this Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project is 262.44 m. It has a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. (Source)
  32. Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world, with a top speed of up to 240 km/h (149.1 mph). It is at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and opened to the public in November 2010. (Source)
  33. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest indoor theme park. This theme park in Abu Dhabi, with an area of 150,835.19 m2, was constructed on December 11, 2019. (Source)
  34. The world’s first Ferrari theme park, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, was built in Abu Dhabi in 2010. (Source)
  35. Despite being a conservative country, UAE has moderate rules regarding foreigners. There are several churches and worship places for other religions. The dress code is quite lenient for foreigners, and women only have to cover themselves from shoulders to knees in public.
  36. Swimwear and bikinis are allowed for visitors on the seaside and beaches in UAE. However, these are prohibited in other areas and can result in fines.
  37. The literacy rate in UAE is around 95% for both genders. Education for UAE citizens in government institutes is free of cost.
  38. Reem Al Marzouqi, a female Emirati engineer, invented a car that is drivable without hands. She became the first Emirati to receive a patent in the USA for this car.
  39. Falcon is the national bird of the UAE. They are used as emblems on the national flag, currency, and state documents. An exclusive hospital for falcons was constructed in Abu Dhabi in 1999 that serves more than 12,000 birds annually. Falcons are the only animals that fly on planes (in business and first-class) as passengers instead of cargo and have their passports.
  40. A bakery in Dubai presents the world’s most expensive cupcake for $1,000. The reason behind this hefty price is its edible gold sheet.  (Source)
  41. The world’s tallest chocolate sculpture at the Dubai International Airport is 13.52 m tall. It was unveiled on November 27, 2014, as the replica of the Burj Khalifa. (Source)
  42. The first indoor ski resort in the Middle East is Ski Dubai. It opened in 2005 and has an indoor ski area of 22,500 m2.
    Ski Dubai - First indoor ski resort in the Middle East

  43. A tourist can receive jail punishment or deportation from the country for showing indecent gestures to someone in UAE. (Source)
  44. Non-Muslims are allowed to drink alcohol, which is available in most parts of the UAE from designated places. But the sale, procession, and drinking of alcohol in the emirate of Sharjah is prohibited.
  45. Sharjah has a strict dress code for men and women compared to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Here, it is mandatory for men to cover their chests. (Source)
  46. Millions of tourists from various parts of the world visit the UAE annually, while their favorite destination is Dubai. The majority of tourists are from western Europe. (Source)
  47. UNESCO declared Sharjah the cultural capital of the Arab world in 1998. The UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture rewards two individuals or groups annually to commemorate this designation. (Source)
  48. UAE has a single site on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The Cultural Sites of Al Ain were included in 2011. The country has 11 sites on the tentative list of UNESCO. (Source)
  49. Sharjah is the only emirate in UAE that shares a border with all the other six emirates in the country.
  50. The first international airport in today’s UAE was constructed by the British in Sharjah in 1932. It is now known as the Al Mahatta Museum.

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