Located in the south-western region of the Asian continent, Arabia constitutes the area known as the Arabian Peninsula.
Politically, the Arabian Peninsula consists of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and Yemen. Excluding Yemen, these countries comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Founded in 1981, the aim of the GCC is to promote coordination and unity between member states – an objective which has had resulted in, for the most part, thriving economies, harmony and growth.
The UAE is one of the most tolerant countries in the Muslim world. Foreign workers make up 90% of the population, which has resulted in a diverse and cosmopolitan society. As an example, newspapers, radio stations and TV channels are available in Arabic, English, Urdu and several other languages to cater to expat needs. Additionally, there are four monthly and weekly English-language newspapers: the Khaleej Times, Gulf News, Gulf Today, and Emirates Today.
Amenities are plentiful – from restaurants and beaches, through to shops and mobile phones, many expats find themselves enjoying a lifestyle not accessible or available in their home countries.
Benefiting from a subtropical climate, the weather also allows residents to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, and while temperatures do rise in the summer, all modern buildings (and even bus stops) are equipped with air-conditioning. All these things make for an easy transition and comfortable life in the UAE.