About the United Arab Emirates - Mercy

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About the United Arab Emirates - Mercy

The United Arab EmiratesLocated on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates consists of sevenindependent city-states: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah, Ajman andRa’s al-Khaimah. Four-fifths of the UAE is desert but has contrasting landscapes—from thetowering red dunes of the Liwa to the rich palm-filled oases of Al Ain, from the precipitousHajar Mountains to the more fertile stretches of its coastal plains.Though small in size (similar to the State of Maine), the UAE has become an important playerin regional and international affairs.In 1971, the late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan unified the small,underdeveloped states into a federation—the only one in the Arab world. With his visionaryleadership, oil wealth was used to develop the UAE into one of the world’s most open andsuccessful economies.In 2004, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became president and has sincecontinued to strive towards an ambitious vision for the UAE.Globalized and OpenSince its founding, the nation has transformed from a tribal culture reliant on agriculture andfishing to an entrepreneurial success story with world-class infrastructure. The leadership has


improved education (effectively eliminating illiteracy), advanced health care and embracedchange as the UAE modernizes, consistent with its history and cultural values.The UAE is also strengthening institutions of government to ensure a transparent legal systemwith full regard for the quality of life of all citizens and residents. Four members of theFederal Cabinet are women. In the UAE, women enjoy equal rights to men.The UAE is a member of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Arab Leagueand the Gulf Cooperation Council.Through initiatives such as Masdar, the UAE is a key source of global innovation in clean andrenewable energy technologies.Since its founding, a main pillar of the UAE’s foreign policy has been focused on addressingglobal challenges through the use of foreign aid and humanitarian assistance. The UAE hasalso been a major contributor of emergency relief to regions affected by conflict and naturaldisasters, including deploying much-needed resources after the earthquakes in Haiti, Pakistanand Japan, and to the U.S. following Hurricane Katrina.Today the UAE is a strong, vibrant and modern nation that is open to the world.UAE-US RelationsThe UAE is a source of stability, tolerance, innovation, and growth in the Arabian Gulf andaround the globe. The UAE and United States are reliable allies, with shared security andeconomic interests:


Enhancing stability and security in the Arabian Gulf and the broader Middle EastEnsuring reliable energy supplies to world marketsEncouraging global free trade and investmentConfronting terrorism and extremism in the region and the worldTo learn more please visit: http://www.uae-embassy.org/

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