Here are our easy to read UAE Facts for Kids which were researched by kids and edited by us.
The UAE or United Arab Emirates are truly awe inspiring! With the Expo 2020 in Dubai was postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis, it will be finally opening on 1 October 2021 and therefore want to share with you what makes the UAE such a great place to visit.
Here some fascinating facts about the country on the Arab peninsula for you. Enjoy!
Here are some interesting UAE Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Where are the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? The UAE are located in the Middle East, on the Western Asian continent.
The UAE shares borders with two countries: Saudi Arabia and Oman.
The UAE consist of a federation of seven emirates. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate as it accounts for 84% of the total land area of the federation. Abu Dhabi is also home to the capital city also called Abu Dhabi.
Dubai is the second biggest emirate and the economic hub of the region. Dubai is also known for its three manmade archipelagos, two were designed to look like a palm tree, and one to resemble a world map.
The UAE's national airline is called 'Etihad' and based in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. 'Emirates' which is the largest airline in the Middle East, and also one of the largest in the world, is also based in the UAE but in the emirate of Dubai, which is one of the seven emirates.
A flight to Dubai takes roughly 14 hours from either New York/USA or Sydney/Australia and almost 8 hours from London/UK.
The United Arab Emirates are situated on the Arabian peninsula and border the Persian Gulf. In size, the UAE are slightly smaller than the US state of Maine or slightly bigger than South Carolina/USA.
The country has mountains in the eastern part and a dry desert with rolling sanddunes in the centre.
The landscape is generally barren and dry, even along the coastal plain bordering the Persian Gulf.
The UAE have a dry desert climate and temperatures can easily reach more than 40°C/ 104°F in summer. Natural hazards include sand storms, dust storms and haze.
Among the most popular landmarks of the UAE are:
The UAE's natural resources are natural gas and oil. The UAE ranked sixth in the world for reserves of natural gas and crude oil in 2019.
The main trading partners of the UAE are India, China, Japan, Iran, the USA and Oman. The main exports are natural gas and crude oil as well as dried fish and dates.
The vast majority of the Emirati live in urban areas. The biggest cities in the UAE are:
Most people in the UAE (85%) live in the three largest emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. In the United Arab Emirates, people of many different cultures and backgrounds have found their new home.
Many foreigners live in the United Arab Emirates. Only about 12 % of all people in the UAE are Emirati.
The majority of people living in the UAE are foreigners and expatriates, i.e. people from around the world who come to the UAE for work. Indians are the largest foreign group, followed by foreigners from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Arabic is the predominant language in the UAE. The Arabic alphabet has 28 letters and is written from right to left. English is the second most spoken language in the country and used widely as you can see in the image.
Soccer and cricket are among the most popular sports, however, many Emirati have a passion for spectatorsports such as car racing, falconry and camel racing.
The traditional dress worn by Emirati men is called khandura, a white long tunic, while women usually wear the abaya, a black garment covering the whole body and head.
When visiting the emirates you should respect the traditional dress code and cover your body when out and about. Beach wear or strappy tops and shorts are only to be worn at the beach or hotel resort. When going to the mall girls and women always should cover their shoulders and their knees.
The majority of Emiratis are Muslims and follow or practice Islam (76%). Islam is not only the largest religion, but also the state religion in the UAE. However, the government is tolerant towards people practising other faiths although it strongly resists the spreading of other religions.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the country. This mosque has 82 domes and the main dome is the largest of its kind in the world! In this mosque you can also admire the world's largest carpet and the world's largest chandelier in the main prayer hall.
Designers, artisans and builders as well as material were sourced all over the world. The marble was sourced in Italy and India, carpets used wool from Iran and New Zealand, the chandeliers were designed in Germany with Swarovski crystals from Austria and using a lighting system from the UK - just to name a few countries who contributed to this fabulous building.
As in all Muslim countries, the work week in the UAE runs from Sundays to Thursdays and most offices are closed on Fridays. In 2021, the Muslims will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan from 12 April until 12 May.
In the UAE rice, fish and lamb or chicken meat are considered the main staple food. Pork is not permitted for Muslims so it is not commonly found or eaten.
Spices such as cardamon, coriander, caraway seeds, cloves, saffron and cinnamon give the Middle Eastern dishes a distinctive taste.
During Ramadan people eat the traditional iftar meal after sunset. This second meal, after breakfast before sunset, is eaten when breaking the fast in the evening. The iftar meal usually includes a large variety of dishes including hearty soups, lentil or meat stews, salads and flatbread with dips such as hummus and baba ganoush as well as dates and sweet desserts.
Popular dishes in the UAE include:
Desert animals such as camels and gazelles live in the hot and dry desert areas of the UAE.
In the UAE you will might also catch a glimpse of Arabian oryxes, the Arabian red fox or Arabian hare. Especially if you head to one of the conservation areas such as Al Maha or the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. More commonly found are sand geckos and lizards.
Picture Credits for UAE Facts: Shutterstock.com and own images if not otherwise stated.
Many thanks go to Mohamed Rayan from GEMS Our Own Indian School in Dubai for sending through some corrections!