National Symbols of United Arab Emirates

Last updated on March 22nd, 2023 by Editorial Staff

Table Of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Country Information
  3. Coat of arms
  4. Flag map
  5. Country motto
  6. National animal
  7. National flower
  8. National bird
  9. Rest of national symbols
  10. State symbols
  11. Neighbouring countries
  12. Proverbs & sayings
  13. Compare with other countries
  14. Location

By | Updated on March 22, 2023

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The United Arab Emirates is a country in Western Asia that consists of seven emirates along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Although Abu Dhabi, the capital, is the largest emirate and the center of its oil industry, Dubai is one of the most vital commercial and financial centers in the region. Islam is the national religion and Arabic is the official language. The monetary unit is Dirham (AED).

UAE was founded by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. National Day, also known as Union Day, is celebrated on the 2nd of December. It commemorates the official nationalization of all seven emirates which occurred in 1971. In that same year, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, an Egyptian composer created the melody for “ʿĪshī Bilādī” however, the anthem did not have lyrics till 1986, which were written by ʿĀrif al-Shaykh.

The Pan-Arab colors (red, green, white, and black) on the flag show Arab Unity and are thus the national colors. Thawb, the national dress, is a long garment with long sleeves commonly worn in UAE.

UAE symbolizes an international model of cultural diversity, as over 200 nationalities live in the country including Emirati Arabs, South Asians, Indians, and Pakistanis.

Al Ayyala “the stick dance” is a traditional group dance performed on joyous occasions throughout the U.A.E.

Kabsa” has always been the Emirati’s national dish. It consists of a mix of spiced basmati rice with meat or chicken. Arabic Coffee or Gahwa, is an important element of hospitality and is considered the national drink. Dates, the national fruits, are sweet and tasty! The Tribulus omanense is the country’s national flower whereas the Ghaf tree was declared the national tree due to its cultural significance. It can survive the harsh desert environment and remain green!

The UAE’s Bedouin community is represented by the Peregrine Falcon. Traditionally, this national bird was used for hunting and as a means of surviving in the desert. The Arabia Oryx is the national animal.

Football is the most popular sport and is widely played in schools and colleges. It’s undisputedly UAE’s national sport.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current Prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the President.

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Country information

Former name(s) Trucial States
Official name(s) United Arab Emirates
Alternative name(s) Al Emirat al Arabbiya al Muttahida (official, Arabic)
Regional location Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
Country name etymology Self-descriptive, from the Arabic., "Emirate" from "emir", Arabic
Climate Desert; cooler in eastern mountains
Terrain Flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east
Population 9,890,402
National Day 2 Dec 1971
Language(s) Arabic
Religion Islam
Country code +971
Literacy rate 93.8%
Currency UAE Dirham
Capital city Abu Dhabi
Domain(TLD) .ae
Ethnicity Emirati Arab, South Asian, Indian, and Pakistani
Head of government Prime Minister
Nationality Emirati
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 83,600 km² (32,300 sq mi)
Timezone UTC+04:00 (United Arab Emirates Standard Time)
Average elevation 149 m (489 ft)
Coastline 1,318 km
Mains electricity 220 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of United Arab Emirates

Flag map of United Arab Emirates

Motto of United Arab Emirates

الله , الوطن , الرئيس - "Allah, al-Waṭan, al-Ra'īs"

National animal of United Arab Emirates

The National animal of United Arab Emirates is Arabian Oryx

National Animal of United Arab Emirates - Arabian Oryx

National flower of United Arab Emirates

The National flower of United Arab Emirates is Tribulus omanense. Botanical name is Tribulus.

National flower of United Arab Emirates - Tribulus omanense

National bird of United Arab Emirates

The National bird of United Arab Emirates is Peregrine falcon

National bird of United Arab Emirates - Peregrine falcon

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State symbols of United Arab Emirates

Neighbouring countries of United Arab Emirates

Emirati Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

An envious person is the unhappiest.

The dreams of a cat are full of mice.

Rather a slip of the foot than a slip of the pen.

Trust in God, but tie your camel.

His clothes are glittery and shiny but he doesn’t have a pot to cook in.

To threaten the brave with death is like promising water to a duck.

The envious were created just to be infuriated.

The carpenter’s door is loose.

It is not the bullet that kills you, it is fate.

He who only thinks about what is in his belly is worth less than what comes out of it.

If you give in to a fool, he will say, “This is because they are afraid of me.”

The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.

Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.

The best act of generosity is that which is quickly done.

If you are charitable, you are rich.

Better a thousand enemies outside the tent than one within.

Another man’s bread will not fill your belly.

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