United Arab of Emirates Country Notebook

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United Arab of Emirates
Country Notebook

Presented to Dr. Shahira El Alfy

Prepared by:
Mohamed Ibrahim Osama
Mosher Ismail
Ahmed El-Mohamady
Hesham Mostafa
Eslsca 36 – Global Management

I. Cultural Analysis:
Identification of the Emirates History:
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of the seven emirates, which are: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaiwain, and Fujairah. They were united as a federal state on 2 December 1971 and formed the so called “United Arab Emirates”. Before the discovery of oil and establishment of the oil economy in the early 1960s, two main orientations shaped traditional local culture: the nomadic desert-oriented Bedouins with small oasis farming within the broader context of the desert economy and culture, and the sea-oriented culture that revolved around pearling and sea trading. These subcultures were economically, politically, and socially interdependent, creating a common culture and social identity. The UAE shares significant aspects of its culture with neighboring Arab countries and the larger Arab culture.

II- Geographical Setting:
A- Location
The UAE is situated in the Southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf , is bordered on the north by the Persian Gulf and Iran , on the East by Oman , and on the South and West by Saudi Arabia sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran. The UAE covers 32,278 square miles (83,600 square kilometers). The Seven Emirates vary greatly in size. Abu Dhabi represents 85% of the land, and the smallest Emirate is Ajman. Each Emirate is named after its capital city, and Abu Dhabi city is the permanent capital of the nation. B- Climate

The UAE generally has a dry climate with very high temperature and humidity in the summer. The hottest months are July and August when average maximum temperatures reach above 40 °C on the coastal Plain. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C . During the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as the Sharqi makes the coastal region particularly unpleasant. The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is fewer than 120 mm (4.7 in), but in some mountains areas annual rainfall often reaches 350 mm (13.8 in). Rain in the coastal region falls in short, torrential bursts during the summer months, sometimes resulting in floods in ordinarily dry wadi beds. The region is prone to occasional, violent dust storms which can severely reduce visibility. The Jebel Jais mountain cluster in Ras Al Khaimah has experienced snow only twice since records began. C- Topography

The United Arab Emirates consists mainly of sandy desert. It is bounded on the west by an immense Sebeka, or salt flat, extending southward for nearly 112 km (70 mi). The Eastern boundary runs northward over gravel plains and high dunes until it almost reaches the Hajar Mountains in the Ras Musandam near Al’Ayn. The Flat coastal strip that makes up most of the United Arab Emirates has an extensive of Sebeka subject to flooding. Some sand spits and mud flats tend to enlarge, and others enclose lagoons. A sandy desert with limestone outcroppings lies behind the coastal plain in a triangle between the gravel plain and the mountain of the East and the sands of Saudi Arabia to the South. Far to the South, the oases of Al-Liwa are aligned in an arc along the edge of dunes which rise above 90m (300ft). Furthermore Dubai has been the world´s catalyst regarding construction and project development until the world economic crises started. The world was able to witness the creation of palm jumeirah the world’s biggest artificial island. UAE has become the source of new developments in order to differentiate their country to others. Within the UAE each area takes a different approach. III- Social Institutions:

A-Family:
The United Arab Emirates(UAE) is part of the Gulf...
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