Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi - Aiman/Manama - 
Dubai - Fujeira - Ras al Khaima - Sharjah - Umm al Qiwain

A union of sheikhdoms in eastern Arabia. Formed Dec. 2, 1971, by Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah and Umm al Qiwain. Ras al Khaima joined the UAE in February 1972. In August 1972, general UAE issues superseded those of the individual states. 

This region was long extremely poor, but in recent years the exploitation of large petroleum reserves has given the U.A.E. one of the highest per capita gross national products in the world. In recent years, concerns over threats from Iran and Iraq have caused the U.A.E. to signed military defensive agreements with the United States (1994) and France (1995).

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