The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is an Arab country in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, with a population of over 8.2 million people.
The official language is Arabic. Persian, English, Hindi-Urdu, and Punjabi are also spoken.
The United Arab Emirates is a federation of absolute hereditary monarchies. The president and prime minister are elected by the Supreme Council, but are essentially hereditary.
Islam is the official state religion and constitutes about 76% of the population. There is a tolerance of other religions, but restrictions on the spread of religion through media or other proselytizing. It is estimated that about 15% of the population is Christian, 5% Hindu, and 5% Atheist.
The dirham (sign: د.إ) is the currency of the United Arab Emirates.