Happy National Day: Top 10 things you didn’t know about the UAE

December 1, 2017 11:07 am

AMEinfo wishes the UAE a very Happy National Day!

We bring you the top 10 facts about this country that would be a source of pride for all citizens and residents.

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1 –Currently, 9,455,439 people are living in the United Arab Emirates

Source: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/united-arab-emirates-population/

2 – The UAE is  home to more than 200 nationalities:

Emiratis account for 11%, while the largest expat group is Indians (28%)

Source: http://www.abudhabi2.com/uae-population-by-nationality/

3 – In 2016, the Government of the UAE signed the Paris Climate agreement, with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority obtaining $872m to build the world’s largest solar power plant

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4 –The falcon is the UAE’s national symbol. Falconry is at the heart of Emirati culture and is a popular pastime

5 -The UAE flag contains the Pan-Arab colors red, green, white, and black, which symbolize Arabian unity

6 -Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque houses the world’s largest carpet, covering 60,000sq ft (5,574sq m). It took more than a year and a half to complete

7 –The 75km Dubai Metro system is the longest automated – meaning it has no drivers –  rail network in the world

8 – Dubai Islamic Bank was the first Islamic bank to open in the world

9 – Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is the world’s first carbon-free, zero-waste and car-less city in the world

10 –The UAE plans to send a manned mission to Mars by 2021


AMEinfo Staff
By AMEinfo Staff
AMEinfo staff members report business news and views from across the Middle East and North Africa region, and analyse global events impacting the region today.