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.
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
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