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United Arab Emirates Geography 2011
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United Arab Emirates Geography 2011
SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 13, 2011

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: 83,600 sq km
country comparison to the world: 114
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 83,600 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 0 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Maine

Land boundaries:
total: 867 km
[see also: Land boundaries - total country ranks ]
border countries: Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km

Coastline:
1,318 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

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

Climate:
desert; cooler in eastern mountains
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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
[see also: Elevation extremes - lowest point country ranks ]
highest point: Jabal Yibir 1,527 m
[see also: Elevation extremes - highest point country ranks ]

Natural resources:
petroleum, natural gas

Land use:
arable land: 0.77%
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 2.27%
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
other: 96.96% (2005)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
760 sq km (2003)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Total renewable water resources:
0.2 cu km (1997)
[see also: Total renewable water resources country ranks ]

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 2.3 cu km/yr (23%/9%/68%)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - total country ranks ]
per capita: 511 cu m/yr (2000)
[see also: Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural) - per capita country ranks ]

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, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, 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 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of United Arab Emirates Geography 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about United Arab Emirates Geography 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.






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