20 interesting facts about the United Arab Emirates

The United Emirates is one of the richest countries in the world. An indicator of this is a statistical fact: there are 59, 000 dollar millionaires for every 5, 000, 000 UAE citizens.

Just half a century ago, in the place where the UAE is now there was nothing but a desert.

The Emirates are distinguished by high-quality social support. The salary of civil servants (from among the local population) is $ 10, 000. For a wedding, citizens are allocated $ 9, 000 and a villa, and for the birth of a son, the family is given $ 50, 000.

As in most Muslim countries, there are many strict prohibitions in the Emirates: you cannot throw garbage on the street, hitchhike, photograph local women, government buildings, and certain types of attractions. The consumption and transportation of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Freedom of speech is limited, which automatically means there is no yellow press. The media is prohibited from covering details and facts from the private life of sheikhs, as well as other fairly wealthy citizens. Tellingly, the UAE also imposed a ban on access to social networks, since the Telecommunications Oversight Committee considers them a source of harmful information for citizens.

The Emirates did not accept a moratorium on the death penalty, it is applied in various forms, according to tradition, from throwing stones (for example, for an established act of adultery, as in biblical times) to beheading. For drugs they give a prison sentence of up to 10 years, but a drug addict who has expressed willingness to undergo treatment, the clinic will be paid for at the expense of the state treasury. Perhaps due to the harsh and radical approach to punishment and generous social support, there is practically no crime in the state: there are not even petty pickpockets and car thieves - cars are even left open.

Violation of traffic rules entails a fine of $ 800.

Bus stops in the Emirates are air conditioned.

The climate in the United Arab Emirates is very hot with high humidity. Winters, in its European understanding, are simply not known here: January and December daytime temperatures are about + 28, nighttime temperatures are within +18, while summer allows the air to heat up to + 50 degrees Celsius.

In the Emirates, due to natural and climatic conditions, there are serious difficulties in providing water (which has to be desalinated) and electricity. It is not surprising that utilities are extremely expensive here.

Instead of gambling horse races, camel races are organized in the UAE (animals are controlled by robots). Jeep safaris in the desert are also popular as entertainment.

It is customary to buy gold in huge quantities and by all strata of society: annually, 38 grams of purchased precious metal falls to 1 inhabitant. When proposing a hand and heart, as a wedding gift, the groom here is obliged to give his bride at least 5 kilograms of gold. However, not everything is so rosy with weddings in the Muslim world, since the choice of the future half for the girl is made by her parents. And for extramarital affairs, a fine or 3 months in prison is imposed (for women, the punishment is harsher, so it can go as far as stoning to death). Polygamy is allowed, but it is quite expensive, for this reason it is forced to progressively outlive in society.

In transport (as in India), separate travel is adopted for men and women. They are provided with different cars, if the trip is carried out in the metro or train, there are separate sections for these purposes in the cabins of buses, even in taxis.

For streets, the rule of fake severity also applies, which is reflected in the requirements for the dress code. The contrast of society is that openly dressed ladies can be seen next to local Muslim women in burqas. However, the latter almost always turn out to be tourists. Although it is customary to treat the latter with tolerance, a fine may be imposed for a very frank look. Especially if a lady in this form is walking alone, without a companion.

Ramadan is a large Muslim holiday during which believers abstain from food and drink during the day. For this reason, foreign tourists are forbidden to drink and eat on the street during the event, so as not to be seen by the fasting people. In the few public places where eating is allowed, windows are sealed. For violation of these rules, a fine is imposed. However, it is possible to make up for the missed joys of life (during this Muslim fast) at night, since the ban on eating at night does not apply.

Shopping is available both in stores and in the bazaar. According to the eastern tradition, it is imperative to bargain on the market, this allows you to reduce the price significantly.

There are no drivers in the Emirati metro, the trains are controlled automatically. Payment for all transport is possible with a single card. For these purposes, transport units have special sensors that read information and calculate the cost per kilometer.

Despite the monstrous heat, the Emirates has its own ski resort (with slides and snow parks). It is called SkiDubai and is located in the Arabian Desert. Thanks to him, in no small measure, in 2011 the Emirates managed to become the first of the Arab countries that managed to enter the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The highest skyscraper in the world - Burj Khalifa (828 meters high) was built in the UAE.

Emirates Palas is the most luxurious of all hotels in the UAE (although they all have high standards). For New Year's festivities, a Christmas tree worth $ 11.4 million and a height of 13 m is installed here. It is characteristic that genuine jewelry with large stones serves as a substitute for ordinary toys. - Hotels in the Emirates truly know how to surprise, so the treasure tree is not the only exotic innovation that can be found on vacation. - For example, a cake made by chefs from 28 large hotels for the country's Independence Day could even get into the Guinness Book of Records, thanks to its gigantic size (the length of the product was 2530.8 m).