Why is it called United Arab Emirates?
Because the Arab seven Emirates “came together” on a round table and decided to form United Arab Emirates. To be United means to have a common purpose. Unity is not by force. You can never force unity.
The UAE is a small country with the Population of 9.2 million whereas 1.4 million are UAE citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates, with the total Size of 83,600 km2 just a little more than Niger state in Nigeria.
These are the 7 Emirates that “DECIDED” to form UAE.
*1. Emirate of Abu Dhabi:* The largest Emirate by area of land 82% of the UAE with the population of 2,120,700 people, of which 439,100 people are indigenous.
*2. Emirate of Ajman:* The smallest of the emirates. Despite being the smallest, they control their economy.
*3. Emirate of Dubai:* This is the most visited Emirates by Nigerians and Nigerian oppressors. The wealth of Dubai stays in Dubai, wealth generated in Dubai cannot be used to sponsor projects in other Emirates.
*4. Emirate of Fujairah:* Just like other Emirates, they own their destiny, they control their own Emirate, they make their own law. For instance: The Fujairah government prohibits foreigners from owning more than 49% of any business.
*5. Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah:* This is one of the emirates that has never discovered oil. Ras Al Khaimah has focused on diversifying its economy, from real estate to Tourism. Companies may be owned 100% by foreign investors in one of the many Free Trade Zones in Ras Al Khaimah.
*6. Emirate of Sharjah:* The only Emirate in the UAE in which the sale of alcohol is prohibited, although its consumption in one’s own home is permissible if one is in possession of a valid Alcohol Licence (as is the transportation of alcohol between the place of sale and the home). The only place this prohibition is relaxed is the members-only sporting club, the Sharjah Wanderers.
*7. Emirate of Umm Al Quwain:* This place has not made any significant finding of oil or gas in its territory and depends on revenue from hotels, parks and tourism.
The United Arab Emirates is a federal constitutional monarchy made from a federation of seven hereditary tribes.
A percentage of revenues from each emirate is allocated to the UAE’s central budget.
This is how to make a nation not by shouting “one united Nation”. You will be united when there are terms and conditions. A country that’s not built on solid foundation will not survive.
Comrd Bulus Jacob