Basic Data


Area : 83,600 Square Km.
Population : 5,927,482 (July 2016 est.)
Population Growth Rate : 2.47% (2016 est.)
Religion : The official religion is Islam.
Government System :

The government is a federation of the seven emirates headed by a president and a vice president. The rulers of each of the emirates belong to the Supreme Council, which is the U.A.E.'s highest legal authority and promulgates federal laws. The Council of Ministers, appointed by the Supreme Council, manages the day to day affairs of the federation.Each Emirate has its own local government involved with municipal affairs, and in some cases major public utilities like power and water.

Languages :

Although Arabic is the official language, English is used most widely in the commercial sector, and other western languages, including English, are becoming more commonly used in business transactions.

Weights and measures : Imperial, metric, and local systems are all in use.
Principal  main cities :

Abu Dhabi (capital) (928,400), Dubai. (674,100), and Sharjah (400,400).

Currency :

The unit of currency is the U.A.E Dirham (Dh), divided into 100 fils.

Climate : Desert; cooler in eastern mountains
Working hours :

Government offices are generally open from: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Banks are open from : 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday through Thursday. Office hours of businesses: vary but generally are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday through Thursday. Shorter hours normally apply during the month of Ramadan.Traditionally, businesses closed between noon and 1 p.m. on Thursday and remained closed all day on Friday, the Moselm rest day. More recently, however, some offices find it more convenient to close on Saturday instead of Thursday afternoons, to keep more in line with the international workweek.

Direct Dial Country Code : Country Code (971), Abu Dhabi (2), Dubai (4), Sharjah (6), Ajman (6), Umm Al Quwain (6), Ras Al Khaimah (7), Fujairah(9).
Holidays

New Year's Day January 1, Prophet's Birthday, U.A.E. National Day, plus religious holidays such as Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Daha

Principal imports :

Manufactured goods, Machinery and Transport Equipment, and Food Products.

Principal exports : Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Re-Exports, Dries Fish, and Dates.
Time differential : GMT + 4 hours.

Business Customs
Government offices open at 7:30 am Sunday through Thursday and close at 2:30 p.m. for the day. Local businesses often close from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. and then re-open for several hours. Visitors should plan appointments around these timings as UAE businesspeople may not adjust their schedules in order to meet during their closing time. Private UAE companies close on Friday and others on Friday and Saturday.

Travel Advisories and Visas
Entry visa is required, passport should be valid at least 6 months, European and North American nationalities can obtain a 60 days tourist visa at any point of entry. These visas do not permit employment in the UAE. An AIDS test is mandatory for obtaining a residence permit, which is a requirement for all expatriates and their dependents living in the UAE. The test must be conducted in the UAE by the Preventive Medicine Unit of the UAE Ministry of Health, or at appointed approved hospitals.

Business Infrastructure
Language: The language of business is English and Arabic. Most taxi drivers understand sufficient English to get you where you want to go. Accommodations: Most major international hotel chains are in the UAE. Housing for expatriates is expensive, with house rentals from US $28,000 to US $70,000 per annum, payable one year in advance. Local laws permit rents to increase 5% annually. Apartments can be less expensive.