United Arab Emirates
consists of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. Four-fifths of the UAE is desert but has contrasting landscapes—from the towering red dunes of the Liwa to the rich palm-filled Oasis of Al Ain, from the precipitous Hajjar Mountains to the more fertile stretches of its coastal plains.
Though small in size , UAE has become an important player in regional and international affairs. In 1971, the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan unified the small, underdeveloped states into a federation—the only one in the Arab world. With his visionary leadership, oil wealth was used to develop UAE into one of the world's most open and successful economies.
In 2004, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the President and has since continued to strive towards an ambitious vision for UAE. Quick facts
National Day: 2 December (The UAE was establised on 2 December, 1971)
Founder: The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President: H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Ruler of Abu Dhabi)
Vice President and Prime Minister: H. H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai)
Area: 83,600 Sq. km. ; Abu Dhabi accounts for 87% of the country's total landmass.
Location: Bordered to the North by the Arabian Gulf, to the East by the Gulf of Oman and Sultanate of Oman, to the South by Saudi Arabia and Sultanate of Oman and to the West by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Climate: Arid desert, cooler in the eastern mountains. (Winter: warm & sunny / Summer: hot and humid). The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is fewer than 120 mm (4.7 in), but in some mountainous areas annual rainfall often reaches 350 mm (13.8 in) where it is also generally cooler.
Population: 8.19 million.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Monetary unit: UAE Dirham 1AED = 100 Fills
Exchange rate: 1 USD = AED 3.67 (Pegged to the US Dollar)
Weekend: Friday and Saturday
Official language: Arabic
Other languages: English, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu
Religion: Islam (Practice of other religious beliefs is allowed)
Time: GMT +4 (Daylight Saving Time +3)
International dialing code: +971
Internet domain: .ae
Sharjah, the cultural capital of the Arab world, is the third largest and the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, and a leading center of education in the Middle East. The Emirate of Sharjah is renowned for its vibrant multicultural ambiance, diverse museums that display both rich cultural heritage and contemporary artwork, and a charming blend of historical and modern architectural sites.
University of Sharjah is located in the Emirate of Sharjah, UNESCO's Cultural Capital of the Arab and Islamic World. It is a five-minute drive from Sharjah International airport, 15 minutes from Dubai Airport, and two hours from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is the only emirate that touches both the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Sharjah also connects Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the northern emirates.
Residents enjoy the Emirate's pristine beaches and a pastoral desert nature, while sailing and scuba diving enthusiasts enjoy sports all year long.
Malls, international restaurants, movie theaters, traditional souk market places, parks and hotels flourish in the modern and dynamic downtown area that surrounds three gleaming lagoons.
The Emirate of Sharjah offers a clean and safe living environment, affordable housing and an enjoyable lifestyle supported by many amenities, including a variety of sports and leisure activities, world-class shopping and international dining.
The University of Sharjah has 14 colleges situated on the main campus in Sharjah, the branches in Khorfakkan and Kalba, including the Community College, which has branch locations in Malaiha, Khorfakkan, Kalba and Diba Al-Hisn in the eastern region of the UAE. The University takes pride in being a major international center of learning, culture, and education. It is located on the crossroads where East meets West and North meets South.
We look forward to welcome you at Sharjah!