Country briefing: UAE

News reports and articles 

Latest news about the UAE 
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about the UAE

Online news sources for the UAE


Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of the UAE

BBC country profile
Essential facts, plus politics, media and key dates in the UAE's history

Local time

Local weather

Maps of the UAE 
(University of Texas)

Currency converter 
Emirates dirham (AED)

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music 

More about the Emirati flag


History and politics

Emirates timeline
Key facts, figures and dates (from the BBC)

Text of constitution 
(1971, with amendments through to 2004)

Text of constitution  
(1996 version)

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

List of government ministers (CIA)

Federal National Council 
Official website (Arabic)

Documents 
Historical and political texts relating to UAE


Travel

US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to the UAE. Also guides to Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Dubai at a glance
A guide to the highlights (triphappy.com)

Emirates
The national airline

Electricity, plugs and sockets 


Economy

World Bank: UAE 
Comprehensive economic data

UAE and the IMF

Water and agriculture in the United Arab Emirates
FAO country profile


UAE: further reading

Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula 
by Lonely Planet, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Insight Guides: Oman & the UAE 
by Insight Guides, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE
by Michael Herb, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Origins of the United Arab Emirates: A Political and Social History of the Trucial States
by R.Said Zahlan, 1978. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Folktales from the Arabian Peninsula: Tales of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
by Nadia Jameel Taibah and Margaret Read MacDonald, 2015. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Political Culture of Leadership in the United Arab Emirates 
by A. Rugh, 2007. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism 
by Jim Krane, 2010. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Sheikhs, Lies and Real Estate: The Untold Story of Dubai 
by JR Roth, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk