United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (; Arabic: Ø¯ÙˆÙ„Ø© Ø§Ù„Ø¥Ù…Ø§Ø±Ø§Øª Ø§Ù„Ø¹Ø±Ø¨ÙŠØ© Ø§Ù„Ù…ØªØØ¯Ø©â€Ž Dawlat al-ImÄrÄt al-‘ArabÄ«yah al-Muttaá¸¥idah), sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE,Â is a country located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatarand Iran. In 2013, the UAE’s total population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million areexpatriates.
Established in December 1971, the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch; together, they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates. Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language, although English is widely spoken and is the language of business and education, especially in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The UAE is a highly developed country with a high level of human development and is one of the wealthiest countries in the Middle East. It is also one of the world’s fastest growing countries. The UAE’s oil reserves are the seventh-largest in the world, while its natural gas reserves are the world’s seventeenth-largest. The late Sheikh Zayed, ruler of Abu Dhabi and the first President of the UAE, oversaw the development of the Emirates and steered oil revenues into healthcare, education and infrastructure. The UAE’s economy is the most diversified in the Gulf Cooperation Council, with its most populous city of Dubai emerging into a global city and international aviation hub. Nevertheless, the country remains extremely reliant on its export of petroleum and natural gas.
The UAE has been criticized for its human rights record, including the role of Sharia law in its legal system.The UAE’s rising international profile has led some analysts to identify it as a regional and middle power.
Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun waits to engulf you in their arms.
The Republic of Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean about 417 mi (671 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. Its 1,190 coral islets stretch over an area of 35,200 sq mi (90,000 sq km). With global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level.
Maldives at a Glance
- Official Name: The Republic of Maldives
- Capital City: Male
- Time: GMT + 5
- Total Islands: 1,192
- Inhabited Islands: 200
- Resort Islands: 96
- Population: Approximately 369 261
- Currency: Rufiyaa
- Â Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors
What to Pack
- The Maldives enjoy a sunny climate for the better part of a year. Hence, locals and visitors alike prefer to dress in lightweight clothes.
Things to Do
Find out the best things to do, places to go and activities to indulge yourself.
- Water Sports
- Scuba Diving
- Indoor Sports
- Outdoor Sports
In the emerald-green waters of the Indian Ocean, the island country of Sri Lanka, frequently referred to as the “Teardrop of India,” was first populated by the Sinhalese peoples from northern India in 543 BC.
An island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India, Sri Lanka is about half the size of Alabama. Most of the land is flat and rolling; mountains in the south-central region rise to over 8,000 ft (2,438 m).
Srilanka Ata Glance
- Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
- Capital City: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Administrative) Colombo (Commercial)
- Time: UTC+5:30
- Population: Approximately 20,277,597 (2012)
- Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
- Languages spoken: Sinhala, Tamil and English
- Climate: tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
- Ethnic Make-up: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, 10.5%
- Religion(s): Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, other 10%
Thirty-day visitor visas cost US$30, apply in advance online (www.eta.gov.lk)
What to Pack
- A good pair of earplugs
- Mosquito repellent â€“ hard to find in Sri Lanka (unlike mosquitoes)
- Sunscreen â€“ another surprisingly hard-to-find item
- Tampons â€“ impossible to find outside Colombo
Things to Do
- Beach Holidays
- AdventureÂ Sports
- Whale Watching
- Nature Trails
- Wild Safaris
- Adventure Tours
- Discover the Past
- Scenic Beauty
- Eco Tourism
- Spice Garden