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    United Arab Emirates Geography - 1991

      Total area: 83,600 km2
      land area: 83,600 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Maine

      Land boundaries: 1,016 km total
      Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 586 km, Qatar 20 km

      Coastline: 1,448 km

      Maritime claims: Continental shelf: defined by bilateral boundaries or equidistant line
      Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 3 nm (assumed), 12 nm for Ash Shariqah (Sharjah)

      Disputes: boundary with Qatar is in dispute; no defined boundary with Saudi Arabia; no defined boundary with most of Oman, but Administrative Line in far north; claims three islands in the Persian Gulf occupied by Iran (Jazireh-ye Abu Musa or Abu Musa, Jazireh-ye Tonb-e Bozorg or Greater Tunb, and Jazireh-ye Tonb-e Kuchek or Lesser Tunb)

      Climate: desert; cooler in eastern mountains

      Terrain: flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east

      Natural resources: crude oil and natural gas

      Land use: arable land NEGL%; permanent crops NEGL%; meadows and pastures 2%; forest and woodland NEGL%; other 98%; includes irrigated NEGL%

      Environment: frequent dust and sand storms; lack of natural freshwater resources being overcome by desalination plants; desertification

      Note: strategic location along southern approaches to Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil

      NOTE: The information regarding United Arab Emirates on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of United Arab Emirates Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about United Arab Emirates Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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