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    United Arab Emirates Geography - 2003

      Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

      Geographic coordinates: 24 00 N, 54 00 E

      Map references: Middle East

      Area: total: 82,880 sq km
      land: 82,880 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Maine

      Land boundaries: total: 867 km
      border countries: Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km

      Coastline: 1,318 km

      Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM
      continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

      Climate: desert; cooler in eastern mountains

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

      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
      highest point: Jabal Yibir 1,527 m

      Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas

      Land use: arable land: 0.48%
      permanent crops: 0.49%
      other: 99.03% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land: 720 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards: frequent sand and dust storms

      Environment - current issues: lack of natural freshwater resources compensated by desalination plants; desertification; beach pollution from oil spills

      Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

      Geography - 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 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about United Arab Emirates Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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