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    United Arab Emirates Geography 2000

      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

      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, Desertification, 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

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