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United Arab Emirates


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of eastern Arabia, a federation of seven sheikdoms on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Converted to Islam in the 7th century, the area later became a base for pirates and was known as the Pirate Coast into the 19th century. The British signed a series of truces with the ruling sheiks between 1820 and 1892, and the area became known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman. After World War II Britain granted internal autonomy to the sheikdoms or emirates, with the United Arab Emirates being formed in 1971 after Britain withdrew from the area completely. Abu Dhabi is the capital. Population: 4,440,000.

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  • proper n. A country in the Middle East. Official name: The United Arab Emirates; abbreviation: UAE, the Emirates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a federation of seven Arab emirates on the eastern Arabian peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1971; rich in oil reserves


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  • The United Arab Emirates is the only Middle Eastern country other than Israel to reach the second tier, due to its efforts to combat abuse against foreign workers employed as domestics or in construction.

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  • The United Arab Emirates is the only Middle Eastern country other than Israel to reach the second tier, due to its efforts to combat abuse against foreign workers.

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  • Last week's international financial turmoil exacerbated an already-tight lending environment in the United Arab Emirates, which is otherwise enjoying an oil-fueled spending and investment boom.

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