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United Arab Emirates, 
  • Place Namesan independent federation in E Arabia, formed in 1971, now comprising seven emirates on the S coast(formerly, Pirate Coast or Trucial Coast) of the Persian Gulf, formerly under British protection: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah (joined 1972), and Fujairah. 2,262,309;
    ab. 32,300 sq. mi. (83,657 sq. km). Cap.: Abu Dhabi. Abbr.: U.A.E.  Formerly,  Trucial Oman, Trucial Sheikdoms, Trucial States. 

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    United Arab Emirates pl n
    1. a group of seven emirates in SW Asia, on the Persian Gulf: consists of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Ras el Khaimah, and Fujairah; a former British protectorate; became fully independent in 1971; consists mostly of flat desert, with mountains in the east; rich petroleum resources. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: dirham. Capital: Abu Dhabi. Pop: 3 051 000 (2004 est). Area: 83 600 sq km (32 300 sq miles)
      Former name (until 1971): Trucial States
      Abbreviation: UAE
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