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.
Dubai Many hotels in the UAE are looking at a busy period during Ramadan. Large corporate houses have already made their bookings at various hotels as they look to host corporate iftars and suhours for their clients.
Emirates Grand Hotel, the 50-storey tower located in the heart of Dubai’s business and commercial district, will offer iftar and suhour cuisines and guests can expect wholesome Arabic hospitality.
Eyad Hamed, Resident Manager, Emirates Grand Hotel, said: “Families and friends usually gather to end their fast together preferably at a convenient venue. Our location is perfect for families to come and enjoy iftar and suhour during Ramadan. With our specially selected cuisine for the occasion, we guarantee a truly enjoyable and memorable Ramadan for our valued guests.”
As in previous years, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is looking to host its 10th Ramadan Forum under the Faith and Security theme.
The event seeks to develop a better cultural understanding among the various nationalities living side by side in the UAE.
Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohamad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, said: “The Ramadan Forum has become one of the most important religious events during this month not only in Dubai and the UAE, but in the entire region.
Khalid A. Bin Sulayem, Director-General of the DTCM, said, “The selection of this theme is so relevant, it reflects the living styles and conditions of the UAE people and expatriates who live in a safe and secure environment.”
During Ramadan working hours are reduced for Muslims and non-Muslims in most workplaces. The country is quiet during the day and comes alive at night. Many buildings and streets are lit up as the sun goes down.
Ramadan can be a challenge for visitors, but it is a good time to be in the UAE as hotel tariffs usually fall.
Many hotels set up Ramadan tents where guests can end their fast with iftar, and also partake in suhour.
These elaborately decorated tents are air-conditioned with comfortable seating and serve traditional cuisine and Ramadan drinks.
Shoppers could also benefit with the extended mall hours — quite a few of them are open from morning until midnight and offer special prices on a variety of goods.
A series of shopping, entertainment and cultural activities is being planned at the Expo Centre Sharjah to celebrate the silver jubilee of the popular Ramadan Fair which is being held from August 11 to September 3.
Saif Mohammad Al Midfa, Director General of the Expo Centre Sharjah, said, “The Ramadan Fair offers retailers a great opportunity to boost their sales during this time of the year. It is supported by the comprehensive marketing campaign that precedes and accompanies the fair, making it a huge attraction to all segments of the UAE population.”
This year’s fair features an impressive presence of Thai companies, with 25 stalls set to be occupied by leading retailers showcasing a variety of products from the country.
The stalls will display products such as household goods, furniture, electronics, garments, footwear, gift items and jewellery from China, Turkey, Italy, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia besides the UAE.