United Arab Emirates as an OPEC Member Oil and Gas Industry
The United Arab Emirates comprises seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al-Quwain – located along the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The country covers an area of around 84 thousand square kilometers and has a population of around 9.5 million. More than one million people live in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Arabic is the country’s official language.
Since the discovery of oil in the UAE, the country has become a modern state with a high standard of living. The currency is the dirham.
The United Arab Emirates President is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The country joined OPEC in 1967.
Did you know?
- Desert Park in the Sharjah Emirate is a center for the breeding of the endangered Arabian leopard. It is thought that very few of these cats exist in the wild.
- The first commercial oil was discovered in 1958 – onshore in the Bab-2 well and offshore at Umm Shaif.