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United Arab Emirates Geography

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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

continental shelf:  200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin

exclusive economic zone:  200 NM

territorial sea:  12 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%

permanent crops:  0%

permanent pastures:  2%

forests and woodland:  0%

other:  98% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 50 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural hazards: frequent sand and dust storms
Environment - current issues: lack of natural freshwater resources being overcome 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


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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