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United Arab Emirates

GEOGRAPHY
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
Area:
  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
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, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: Biodiversity, Law of the Sea


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