Capital: Abu Dhabi

Population: 10,393,672 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

Official Language: Arabic

Unofficial Languages: English, Persian, Hindi, Urdu

Main Religion: Islam

Ethnic Groups: Emirati, Iranian, South Asian, other Arab, and others

Largest Cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain

Main Sport: Football, Cricket

Political System: Federation of Member Emirates

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1) 

Leilat al-Meiraj (The Prophet’s Ascension) (May 5)

Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (July 6-9)

Arafat (Haj) Day (September 10)

Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (September 11-13)

Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) (October 2)

Martyrs’ Day (November 30)

National Day (December 2-3)

Mouloud (The Prophet’s Birthday) (December 12)