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Location  Middle East
Capital  Abu Dhabi
Area  83,600 sq km
Population  9,701,315
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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned dealing in and ownership of all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals, as revealed on 3 January 2017.
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey on 3 January 2013 signed an inter-governmental agreement worth $12 billion for the development of power plants and associated mines in Afsin-Elbistan region of Turkey.

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  • Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure ever built, officially opened on 4th January 2010. This skyscraper in Dubai is 828 m or 2,717 ft tall.[1]

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  • Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on 13 January 2013 launched the world's first atlas on clean energy which will offer open-access information on countries' renewable energy potential.[2]

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  • United Arab Emirates and Argentina on 16 January 2013 signed an agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy during an official visit to Abu Dhabi by Argentine president Cristina Fernandez.[3]

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  • The United Arab Emirates won the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations soccer tournament defeating Iraq in the final with a 2–1 score after extra time.[4]

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Armenia signed an agreement for technical and administrative cooperation in customs matters on 21 January 2013. The agreement indicates that both countries are keen to boost the economic relations in light of the increasing mutual trade and promote cooperation between businesses in both countries.

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  • The United Arab Emirates football team clinched the third place at the 2015 Asian Cup beating Iraq 3-2 in Australia.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2018 signed a Cooperation Arrangement aimed at strengthening cooperation on key strategic issues of mutual interest, notably trade facilitation and research.[5]
  • United Arab Emirates striker Ali Mabkhout claimed the Top Goal Scorer Award at the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 after the forward netted five goals in six games.[6]


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  • The world’s longest zip line was opened in the UAE on 1 February 2018. The line starts at the top of Jebel Jais mountain, 1,680m above sea level, in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah lets thrill-seekers go at speeds of up to 150km/h (93mph) along a 2.8km (1.7-mile) cable.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 15 February 2017 successfully launched a nano satellite as part of record 104 satellites launch in a single mission by India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.[7]

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  • Emirates airline from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) claimed the title of the world’s longest passenger flight after its nonstop Dubai-Auckland service touched down in New Zealand on 2 March 2016. The service from Dubai to Auckland covered 14,200 kilometers or 8,824 miles in about 17 hours.

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  • Mohammad Hammed of the UAE won gold in the men's 800m T34 race at the 2016 Paralympic Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai.[8]

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  • United Arab Emirates was named host of the 2019 Asian Cup football tournament on 9 March 2015 to stage the expanded 24-team tournament.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 17 March 2013 officially opened its first big solar energy plant. The 100-megawatt (MW) Shams 1 concentrated solar plant (CSP) took the UAE's Masdar, France's Total and Spain's Abengoa three years to build at a cost of around $600 million.[9]

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nepal signed an enhanced bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) on 16 April 2013 to increase the existing 28 flights a week to 70 between the countries to meet the growing demand of air travelers. Moreover, the revised pact has given unlimited traffic rights for cargo-only flights with any type of aircraft.[10]

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  • Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates was awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) on April 19, 2005. He was recognized for his lifetime work to protect his country’s environment, and for his widely acclaimed contributions to agriculture, afforestation and species protection.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) rejoined the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on 7 May 2013 after 26 years of having left the entity. It is expected to enhance tourism experience in the UAE and the Middle East.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Cuba on 26 May 2014 signed a open skies agreement. The new agreement allows UAE and Cuban national airlines to operate an unlimited number of flights between the two countries.[11]

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  • Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber a leading business and political figure from the United Arab Emirates was named as one of the winners of the 2012 United Nations Champions of the Earth award for his efforts in the development and deployment of renewable energy and clean technology solutions.

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  • Dubai inaugurated the Cayan Tower, claimed as the world's tallest twisted architectural creation, on 10 June 2013. Each successive floor of the 306 metres (1,004 ft) tall Cayan Tower rotates by 1.2 degrees to create a 90 degree twist which mimics the shape of the structure of human DNA.

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  • A UAE based project titled AQDAR’s E-SAFE SCHOOL ONLINE SAFETY, a government lead project to protect their children online, won an award at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017 in the Role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development category.[12]

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  • Dubai-based Emirates Airline won the prestigious title as the World's Best Airline in the 2013 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.[13]

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  • The UNESCO's World Heritage Committee named The Cultural Sites of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates as World Heritage Sites in 2011. The sites constitute a serial property that testifies to sedentary human occupation of a desert region since the Neolithic period with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures.[14]

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  • Emirates from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) named World's Best Airline in 2016 Skytrax awards.[15]

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  • Emirates Airways of the UAE received the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award at the prestigious 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[16]

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  • H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, won the 120km Slovakian endurance race on 15 August 2015. The event, which attracted top riders from Europe and Asia, was run in four stages of 40km, 30km, 30km and 20km.

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  • Hamad Nawad of UAE won gold in Ju-Jitsu Men's -56kg at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 24 August 2018.

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  • Faisal Alketbi of UAE won gold in Ju-Jitsu Men's -94kg at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 25 August 2018.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened the world's biggest family and leisure indoor park, IMG Worlds of Adventure, in Dubai on 31 August 2016, covering an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet.


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  • Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of the United Arab Emirates won gold medal in the Mixed R6-50m Rifle Prone-SH1 at the London Paralympics on 4 September 2012.[17]

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  • The United Arab Emirates ranked as the ninth most generous nation in the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) 2017 World Giving Index. The index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger.[18]

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  • Chairwoman of General Women’s Union of UAE Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak received the Women of Achievement Award on 22 September 2017 for her leadership in women’s empowerment.[19]

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  • UAE citizens can now travel to Paraguay visa-free, following an agreement signed between the foreign ministries of the UAE and Paraguay on 24 September 2018.

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  • The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai in the UAE, world's first self-flying taxi introduced by Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA), launched its maiden concept trip on 25 September 2017 near the Jumeirah Beach Park.

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  • UAE ranked as the 17th most competitive country in the world, according to a World Economic Forum report released on 30 September 2015. This report, provides insight into the drivers of a country’s productivity and prosperity, suggests UAE has been nurturing innovation and talent.[20]


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  • Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi won the forty-fourth annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition for his image of an Asian Red Palm weevil’s eye on 11 October 2018.[21]

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was ranked as the fifth Most Empathetic Country in the world according to a study by Michigan State University published on 14 October 2016. The study measured people’s compassion for others and their tendency to imagine others’ point of view.[22]

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  • The United Arab Emirates was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the East Asia & Australasia region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • The world's fastest roller-coaster Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, with a top speed of 149.1 mph was opened on November 4, 2010.[23]

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  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranked 14th in the 2015 Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index which measures each country's charitable behavior.[24]

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  • United Arab Emirates was elected on the United Nations Human Rights Council on 12 November 2012 for a three-year term. The council was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006 as the main human rights body of the UN.[25]

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  • Dubai on 27 November 2013 won the right to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020 - beating off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia.[26]

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  • Footballer Ahmed Khalil of the UAE was named 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year at a glittering ceremony in India.[27]

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December

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  • Omar Abdulrahman of UAE was crowned Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year in a glittering ceremony on 1 December 2016.[28]

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  • Independence Day of United Arab Emirates (UAE). UAE gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.

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  • United Arab Emirates joined the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states for creating a closer relation among its members, on 6 December 1971.[29]

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  • The United Arab Emirates and Russia on 17 December 2012 signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in the field of peaceful nuclear energy. The agreement comes in line with the UAE policy on the development of a national nuclear energy program.

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  • The Emirati Abu Dhabi Storms crowned champions of the first professional GCC hockey team's championship on 22 December 2018 after beating the Kuwait Stars (11-7) in the final.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lanka customs on 30 December 2014 signed an agreement to boost technical cooperation between the two agencies.[30]

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Rwanda signed a visa waiver agreement, as revealed on 31 December 2017. The visa waiver applies to Emirati citizens who are holders of diplomatic, special, VIP and ordinary passports and Rwandan citizens with diplomatic passports.


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