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Geography of United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates is considered to be a large nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 83,600 km² (approx. 32,278 mi²). Continental shelf of United Arab Emirates is approximately 57,474 km² (around 22,191 mi²). United Arab Emirates is located in Asia. Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. Asian countries include, but are not limited to, Russia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and North and South Korea. United Arab Emirates has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia. United Arab Emirates is not a landlocked country. It means that is is bordered by at least one major body of water. The average elevation range of United Arab Emirates is 149 m (489 ft).

Neighbors

Total length of land borders of United Arab Emirates is 1066 kilometers (~412 miles). United Arab Emirates has 5 unique land boundaries with neigbouring territories and it shares its land borders with 2 different countries. United Arab Emirates has 3 non-contiguous sections of land borders. This happens, when a country has a border with a neighbour, and this border is split by a border with another neighbour. United Arab Emirates has 3 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. The lengths of the land borders of United Arab Emirates with its neighbouring countries are as follows:

Cities

The capital city of United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. The largest cities in United Arab Emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai.

Elevation

The average elevation range of United Arab Emirates is 149 m (489 ft). The highest point of United Arab Emirates is an unnamed location, with its official height being 1910 m (6,267 ft). The lowest point of United Arab Emirates is Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman. The elevation difference between the highest (an unnamed location) and lowest (Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman) points of United Arab Emirates is 1910 m (2 ft).

Area

The total land area of United Arab Emirates is 83,600 km² (approx. 32,278 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 58,218 km² (~22,478 mi²). The continental shelf of United Arab Emirates is approximately 57,474 km² (around 22,191 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of United Arab Emirates is approximately 141,818 km² (~54,756 mi²). United Arab Emirates is considered to be a large nation because of its total area.

Forest and arable land

3,120 km² of United Arab Emirates's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 4% of all the land in the country. There are 644 km² of arable land in United Arab Emirates, and it comprises 1% of the country's total territory.

Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.

Natural resources

The most notable natural resources found in United Arab Emirates are petroleum, natural gas.