United Arab Emirates Day - December 2

The United Arab Emirates National Day on December 2 is one of the biggest celebrations in Dubai and the rest of the country. This year, in 2021, the country will celebrate its golden anniversary - the 50th anniversary.

The United Arab Emirates is located in the northeastern Arabian Peninsula (southwest Asia) in the Persian Gulf. Its capital city is Abu Dhabi.

Some history of The United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has not always been the strongest nation it is today. In fact, the country was divided into rival tribal groups, which occupied different areas. In 1820, Britain came into the picture and offered protection to the tribes in exchange for some control over the land. Desperate for peace, the many tribes accepted this offer and let Britain be responsible for resolving the disputes between them. In 1968, Britain removed itself from the picture after beginning to experience financial losses.

After Britain's exit from the picture, the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain decided. unite. On December 2, 1971, the Emirates declared their independence from Britain and became the United Arab Emirates. Later, Ras Al Khaimah- the seventh emirate - also joined this union. All the processes of merging and freedom from colonial rule were achieved without any violence!

To mark the unity of the seven emirates and the announcement of the United Arab Emirates, the flag of the United Arab Emirates as we know it today was raised, and the first president of the UAE was elected - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed was the emir of Abu Dhabi and was the richest of the seven emirates. Today, the UAE is recognized as an intermediate power and an influential country with a thriving economy, oil reserves, abundant tourists and some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as the Burj al-Arab Hotel and Burj Khalifa.

Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai Link

Fun facts about the United Arab Emirates

UAE is a desert country. The country has no rivers, streams or lakes.

The UAE has over 40 million dates.

The UAE has the sixth largest oil reservoir in the world. The country has not always been as rich as it is today. Until the 1960s, it was considered a backward economy, lacking resources and was based mainly on marine activities - fishing, pearl mining, boat building and maritime trade. However, since the discovery of oil in its field in the early 1960s, there has been an economic revolution, which has since enabled one of the highest standards of living in the world. 

Most of the UAE's major oil reserves are located in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE is a global village - around 200 existing nations in the UAE. Only 1.4 million of its 9.9 million residents are citizens of the state, with the rest mostly foreign workers.

Most people in the union are literate - the literacy rate is 93%.

The rule in the UAE is a constitutional monarchy and not a democracy. This means that citizens cannot change government or form political parties. The government restricts freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and there is censorship of the local media in order to prevent criticism of the government, government officials or royal families.

In November 2020, regulations were enacted that reduce the restrictions on alcohol consumption and cohabitation without marriage, and increased the punishment in murder cases for desecrating the family.

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