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Happy National Day: Top 10 things you didn’t know about the UAE

AMEinfo wishes the UAE a very Happy National Day!

We bring you the top 10 facts about this country that would be a source of pride for all citizens and residents.

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1 –Currently, 9,455,439 people are living in the United Arab Emirates


2 – The UAE is  home to more than 200 nationalities:

Emiratis account for 11%, while the largest expat group is Indians (28%)


3 – In 2016, the Government of the UAE signed the Paris Climate agreement, with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority obtaining $872m to build the world’s largest solar power plant

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4 –The falcon is the UAE’s national symbol. Falconry is at the heart of Emirati culture and is a popular pastime

5 -The UAE flag contains the Pan-Arab colors red, green, white, and black, which symbolize Arabian unity

6 -Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque houses the world’s largest carpet, covering 60,000sq ft (5,574sq m). It took more than a year and a half to complete

7 –The 75km Dubai Metro system is the longest automated – meaning it has no drivers –  rail network in the world

8 – Dubai Islamic Bank was the first Islamic bank to open in the world

9 – Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is the world’s first carbon-free, zero-waste and car-less city in the world

10 –The UAE plans to send a manned mission to Mars by 2021