UAE cle­brat­ing 39th Na­tional Day to­day

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Ev­ery­one's go­ing potty about Na­tional Day and the lads have been busily dec­o­rat­ing their cars - al­ready the streets are lit­tered with Land­cruis­ers with red, white and black feather boas dec­o­rat­ing them nose to tail, Al­ti­mas cov­ered in UAE flag stick­ers and FJ Cruis­ers with pic­tures of Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Khal­ifa all over them. The street lights have the manda­tory LED light strings in green, white and blue (be­cause black lights don't work, peo­ple) and bill­boards are shout­ing out 'Kul­luna Khal­ifa'! ('We are all Khal­ifa' af­ter Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the Pres­i­dent of the UAE). Abu Dhabi po­lice have is­sued an or­der for­bid­ding peo­ple to com­pletely cover their car win­dows with flags or to hang out of cars, sit on the doors or roofs or in other ways be­have madly. It's very

brave of them.

Facts and fig­ures about

the United Arab Emi­rates are fol­low­ing; Full name:

Emi­rates

Pop­u­la­tion:

United Arab

4.7m (UN, 2010) Abu Dhabi

Dubai 77,700 sq km Ara­bic Is­lam

Cap­i­tal: Largest city: Area: Ma­jor lan­guage: Ma­jor re­li­gion: Life ex­pectancy:

77 years (men), 79 years (women) (UN) Dirham Oil, gas GNI per capita:n/a

Mon­e­tary unit: Main ex­ports: In­ter­net do­main: Int’l di­alling code:

.ae +971

Lead­ers:

Pres­i­dent, ruler of Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed: Sheikh Khal­ifa was named as pres­i­dent by the UAE Fed­eral Coun­cil shortly af­ter the death of his fa­ther, Sheikh Zayed BinSul­tan Al Nahyan, in Novem­ber 2004. The for­mer pres­i­dent, who was 86, had been in poor health. Sheikh Khal­ifa suc­ceeded his fa­ther Sheikh Zayed in 2004. Sheikh Khal­ifa, who had been crown prince of Abu Dhabi since 1969. Of­ten re­ferred to as the fa­ther of the nation, Sheikh Zayed suc­ceeded his brother as ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966 and, be­cause of his strong lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to form­ing the fed­er­a­tion, he was elected as the first pres­i­dent of the United Arab Emi­rates in 1971. Re-elected ev­ery five years since 1971, Sheikh Zayed in­stilled the val­ues of re­li­gious tol­er­ance and equal­ity, es­pe­cially for women, into his poli­cies, which greatly en­hanced the sta­bil­ity of the UAE.

Vice pres­i­dent and PM, ruler of Dubai:

Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid al-Mak­toum:

Sheikh Mo­hammed suc­ceeded his elder brother Sheikh Mak­toum as ruler of Dubai in Jan­uary 2006, and was elected to take his place as the UAE's fed­eral prime min­is­ter. Even be­fore tak­ing over as ruler, Sheikh Mo­hammed, had pur­sued the am­bi­tion of trans­form­ing Dubai - orig­i­nally a fish­ing vil­lage and the emi­rates' main trad­ing post - into one of the world's fore­most fi­nan­cial and cul­tural cap­i­tals. In the early 2000s, growth rates reached dou­ble dig­its, while in­vest­ment and work­ers poured in from Asia, other Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries and the West. Sheikh Mo­hammed also worked to make his state the most tol­er­ant in the UAE for for­eign­ers. How­ever, the eco­nomic crash of 2008 left Dubai with large debts to for­eign in­vestors lured dur­ing the boom years, and need­ing as­sis­tance from Abu Dhabi. In De­cem­ber 2009, Abu Dhabi gave Dubai $10bn hand­out to pay off the debts of the govern­ment-owned com­pany Dubai World.

Ruler

of Aj­man:

Sheikh Hu­maid bin Rashid al-Nuaimi.

Ruler of Fu­jairah:

Sheikh Ha­mad bin Muham­mad bin Ha­mad alSharqi.

Ruler Khaimah:

al-Qasimi.

of Ras

al

Sa'ud Bin-Saqr

Ruler of Shar­jah:

Sheikh Sul­tan Muham­mad al-Qasimi.

bin

Ruler of Umm al Qai­wain:

Sheikh Rashid bin Ah­mad al-Mualla.

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