Currency: UAE Dirham Language: Arabic Capital: Abu Dhabi Largest city: Dubai
With its considerable economic influence, its proximity in the Middle East to conflict zones, its moderate and inclusive foreign policy and oil sourcing, the UAE is an ideal nation to represent. (Also, they have really pretty buildings, Burj Al Arab anyone? Google it!)
The seat is currently vacant.
The UAE is a ‘federation’ of Abu Dhabi, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, Umm al Qaywayn and al Khaymah (Yeah that went right over my head too).
Politics: moderate foreign policy; has largely avoided the ‘Arab Spring’ after promising an investment of $1.6 billion to infrastructure
Economy: UAE’s economy is as strong as Western nations due to: - The accessibility of oil/ oil revenues - Trade surpluses - The country's Free Trade Zones - offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes - are helping to attract foreign investors (particularly the USA)(No tax?!)
- Dependence on oil is unsustainable - Economic investment in the northern states is poor - Iran and UAE dispute Tunb Islands and Abu Musa Island, which Iran occupies
Some lil facts for you:
Interestingly, the indigenous population of the UAE- Sunni Muslim Arabs, are outnumbered by foreign migrants (due to the petroleum trade)
The UAE’s favourite past (and present) times include oil and caviar parties, chilling in the + 40C sunshine and building whole areas of land to look like the globe from a birds-eye-view (yes google this too!)