The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates or states, each with its own unique character and personality but yet united with a common goal and destiny. The seven emirates are : Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaiwain, ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
The UAE is located in the Middle East at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula between 22° 50 and 26° north latitude and between 51° and 56° 25 east longitude (24 00 N, 54 00 E). It is one of the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council states) and has borders with Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. It occupies a total of about 83,600 sq. km (32,400 sq. miles).In the summer (April to September), temperatures in the UAE will very between 38-48°C (100-118°F) in the daytime while at night it will very between 26-30°C (79-86°F) with high humidity levels. In the winter (October to March), the days are sunny and pleasant with an average of 26°C (79°F), while nights are cool with an average of 15°C (59°F).
83,600 sq. Km
Less than 50% of the inhabitants of the UAE are Arabs. There are large groups of Indians,
Arabic "official language", English, Persian,Urdu and Malayalam
The United Arab Emirates is federation comprising the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah.
www.scoop.co.nz Kare Rata of Ngati Wai,travelled to Dubai as the Maori face representing Indigenous arts from Aotearoa at the World Global shopping festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Maori people are the indigineous inhabitants of New Zealand also known as Aotearoa.The Dubai festival will be attended by over 46 country pavillions.
Kare Rata who is a senior manager in Aotearoa House is organising the Maori section of the South Pacific Indigenous Pavillion.
A wide cross section of arts and mediums will be displayed, including the classic, pounamu, harakeke, kakahu, music, from a wide range of artists across Aotearoa.
The overseer of the Dubai Festival is the Crown Prince of Dubai. The major sponsors are United Emirate Airlines. An estimated 170,000 persons attend, daily! 60% of the visitors visit from Europe.
This is the first time a Maori presence will be at Dubai. The festival runs until 31st of March. The response from Maori artists to participate in the Dubai festival has been very positive.