Where is UAE (United Arab Emirates)

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UAE stands for United Arab Emirates, a country in Asia, and in the region of The Middle East . The Middle East extends into Africa (it is a transcontinental region) but the UAE is fully in the continent of Asia. Dubai is in the UAE, as is Abu Dhabi. This post is about the UAE and its location.

Transcontinental countries also exist. Turkey lies between Europe and Asia, as does Russia (Eurasia), but the United Arab Emirates is not considered a transcontinental country, only the region.

The united arab emirates view

The Middle East is partly in Asia, but also in North Africa and Europe, but this depends what definition of the Middle East, from what era of history you take.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in Asia

The whole of the country, UAE, is in the continent of Asia. Specifically, in West Asia and in the region of The Middle East.

Map of continents showing UAE

Some countries in the Middle East, for instance, Egypt, seemingly lie squarely in Africa, but Egypt (correctly called The Arab Republic of Egypt) is also a transcontinental country. Egypt is a part of both Africa and Asia.

UAE on the World Map

You can see the location of UAE on our world map below.

UAE has land borders with Saudi Arabia to the west and Oman to the south. Much of the UAE’s north and eastern border is The Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman (respectively)

Both the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are considered to be part of the Indian Ocean, so the UAE lies on the Indian Ocean. (source)

The UAE is west of India, east of Africa, south of Europe.

Where is UAE on the map? Globe showing UAE's position in Asia
The location of UAE in Asia, shown on a globe

UAE is a Country

UAE a country, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi are cities in the UAE or United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE.

Map of the location of UAE in the Middle East
Map of the Middle East, UAE is marked in red

The UAE, sometimes abbreviated to “The Emirates” is a very small country and has borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Dubai is an Emirate, it is one of seven Emirates that make up the UAE.

The UAE’s coastline and tourist beaches are on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. UAE does not have borders with the Mediterranean Sea, but some countries in the Middle East do.

The UAE has a strong economy as can be seen from stunning landmarks like the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeira, and Burj al Arab, but, interestingly, its wealth is not entirely oil-based.

Much of the UAE’s wealth comes from oil, with Abu Dhabi being a capital of oil wealth, but Dubai’s riches come more from business.

What are the Emirates That Make Up the UAE?

UAE was initially made up of a federation of six emirates. These emirates comprise the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al-Quwain, and Fujairah. Emirate seven, Ras Al Khaimah joined in 1972.

If you need to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, this post gives you that information.

What is UAE?

UAE stands for the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, also known as The Emirates, is a country in the Middle East, in western Asia. The UAE’s capital is Abu Dhabi. The most well known, and most populous city in the UAE, is Dubai. The UAE is an elective monarchy comprising seven individual emirates.

These are Dubai, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. Each emirate has its own Sheikh and these leaders form a Supreme Council.

One of these Sheikhs serves as president of the country of the UAE.

Which Time Zone is UAE In?

UAE’s time zone is Gulf Standard Time, which is GMT+4. This means that if you’re standing in London at noon, the time in the Emirates should be 4pm.

This depends on the time of year, the UK observes British Summer Time with clocks going forward1 hour in spring, back 1 hour in autumn

Gulf Standard Time is usually 9 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5). So if it’s noon in New York, it should be 9pm in the UAE.

Again, depending on daylight saving time.

Dubai reportedly does not have a seasonal clock changing or daylight saving time, EST does. Please double-check my maths and this info as Dubai did keep daylight saving previously.

What Continent is UAE In?

map of continents showing dubai
A map of the continents of the world showing where Dubai in. Dubai is in the continent of Asia.

As you can see from the map of the continents of the world, above. Dubai and the UAE are in Asia. The Arabian peninsula, which is the landmass on which Dubai can be found, is in Western Asia.

However, the Middle East, the region in which Dubai lies, is a transcontinental region, stretching into North Africa (Egypt) and Europe (Turkey).

What Do You Call People From UAE?

People from the UAE are Emiratis, they are from The United Arab Emirates. Their nationality is Emirati.

Is the UAE a Good Place to Visit?

The UAE is an exceptionally good place to visit as a tourist.

UAE culture old buildings history
Historic buildings in UAE.

Many think the UAE is just glitz and skyscrapers but there are cultural tours, wildlife to see, and the popular desert safaris including dune bashing and camel rides.

Add to this boat cruises, great hotels (some are quite affordable, others are ultra luxury), good food, incredible shopping, belly dancing, and a good safety record.

December is a very good month to visit the UAE, it can be incredibly hot in summer.

If you’re looking for more information on Dubai, attractions, and travel in Dubai, see our full Dubai travel blog or our Dubai travel index and guide.

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Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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