United Arab Emirates

Country Profile

United Arab Emirates
(Dawlat al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabiyyah al-Muttaḥidah)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
02 December 1971
Capital City:
Abu Dhabi
Total Area Ranking:
116 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
94 of 242 in the World

The Country


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in Western Asia, located on the Arabian Peninsula. It is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The UAE is bordered by Oman to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south and west and the Persian Gulf to the north. It has maritime borders with Qatar and Iran.

The terrain of the country is almost entirely sandy or gravel desert, with little cultivatable land. The coastline comprises a series of salt pans that extend well inland, although there are a few natural harbours. Numerous small islands are situated off the coast. The UAE also has a portion of land along the Gulf of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the Al Hajar al Gharbi mountains. The total land area is 83,600 sq km (32,278 sq miles).

The population of the UAE is 8.26 million (2010 figures), and is made up of 16.5% UAE Arabs, 58.4% South Asians, 16.7% other Asians and 8.4% Western/Europeans. In terms of religion, 76% are Moslem, 15% Christian, 5% Hindu and 5% others. The capital city is Abu Dhabi.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in United Arab Emirates History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: United Arab Emirates
wikipedia: United Arab Emirates
wikipedia: History of United Arab Emirates


Text to be added on the development of aviation in United Arab Emirates.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

United Arab Emirates based civil aircraft have used the registration sequence A6-AAA to A6-ZZZ since 1973.

All-time United Arab Emirates – civil aircraft register (A6-aaa).
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (UAE Air Force)
Naval Aviation – Military aircraft are operated by the Air Force
Army Aviation – Military aircraft are operated by the Air Force

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – See Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al Quwain
Coast Guard Aviation (United Arab Emirates Coast Guard) – no aviation unit

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – local Police Air Wings provide helicopter EMS services
Police – See Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah

Commercial Aviation

Etihad Airways

wikipedia: Airlines of United Arab Emirates
The World’s Airlines: United Arab Emirates

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in United Arab Emirates

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for UAE

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.

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