The United Arab Emirates is an Arabian Peninsula nation settled mainly along the Persian Gulf that was formed from 7 sheikhdoms. Dubai is the site of the ultramodern Burj Khalifa tower, enormous shopping centres and extravagant attractions, such as the indoor Ski Dubai. Abu Dhabi, the island capital, is home to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with crystal chandeliers and room for 41,000 worshipers.

Capital: Abu Dhabi
Dialing code: +971
Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
Population: 9.346 million (2017) World Bank
President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Visitor Characteristics:
There were more male than female visitors in each of the major journey purpose categories 
Most destinations attract comparatively few younger visitors from the UAE
Nine-in-ten visitors are make a repeat visit to the destination
75% of departing visitors say they are either ‘very’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend the destination for a vacation or short-break

Popular Activities:
Sightseeing of famous buildings/monuments
Visiting parks/ gardens

Key Demographic and Economic Data:
Population (m): 5,629
GDP per capita (Int $): 30,985
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%): 4.1

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