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United Arab Emirates

Local Time

04:25 PM

Local Temperature

31°C / 89°F

Destination Overview

A Modern Country with Seven Kings

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven different emirates, each with their own king. Each emirate maintains control over its own area, especially when it comes to oil, one of its most important natural resources. Dubai is the most common gateway for travelers to the UAE, and Abu Dhabi is the capital.

Quick Info

  • Currency: Emirati Dirham (AED)
  • Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz, plug type G
  • Languages: Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi
  • Population: 9 million


The housing market varies mostly due to the differences between the seven emirates. The majority of homes in the UAE are new or under 20 years old. In the city center, you'll mostly find apartments, and villas on on outer edges of the cities.

Typical Costs

Temporary Accommodation
  • 2 bedroom apartment in central Abu Dhabi:  120,000 to 140,000 AED
  • Semi-detached 5 BR villa: 310,000 to 350,000 AED

In Abu Dhabi, rent can take up to 50% of a monthly salary.

Fun Fact

The Dubai metro has 87 trains on its line, and it is fully automated---none of the trains have drivers.


Public schools are free for children through the university level.  Expatriate students are allowed to attend government schools, which have lower teacher-to-student ratios, for a fee.  Education is mandatory through the ninth grade, though it rarely enforced.  

Typical Costs

Average Cost

Free for public schools up to the university level.  Small fee for expatriate children.  For private schools, tuition can be as high as 70,000 AED a year, not including additional fees for school uniforms, bus fare, textbooks, and any applicable enrollment fees.

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Fast Facts

  • Shopping

    The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the entire world, covering about 5.9 million square feet.

  • Aquarium

    The aquarium in Dubai contains over 200,000 species of fish.

  • Tallest building

    When the Burj Khalifa was opened in January 2010, it became the tallest building in the world. So far, this 2,722 ft-tall structure doesn't have any competitors for bragging rights as the world's tallest building.

  • Plant life

    The United Arab Emirates has over 350 native plant species, but the date is the most common plant that originated there.

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