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    United Arab Emirates Geography 1998

      Location Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

      Geographic coordinates 24 00 N, 54 00 E

      Map references Middle East

      total: 82,880 sq km
      land: 82,880 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Maine

      Land boundaries
      total: 867 km
      border countries: Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km

      Coastline 1,318 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate desert; cooler in eastern mountains

      Terrain flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
      highest point: Jabal Yibir 1,527 m

      Natural resources petroleum, natural gas

      Land use
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      permanent pastures: 2%
      forests and woodland: 0%
      other: 98% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 50 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards frequent sand and dust storms

      Environment - current issues lack of natural freshwater resources being overcome by desalination plants; desertification; beach pollution from oil spills

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity, Law of the Sea

      Geography - note strategic location along southern approaches to Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil

      NOTE: The information regarding United Arab Emirates on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of United Arab Emirates Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about United Arab Emirates Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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