Monday, January 31, 2011

Social Networking in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies an area of 83,600 sq km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Since their creation in 1971 they have quickly grown into one of the richest countrys and has one of the fastest growing tourist destinations.  Most of the 6 million people that populate the UAE practice islam (96%) ; however, other realigions are allowed and widely excepted (4%). Of the total 6 million residents, less than 20% are Emirati, more than half are South Asian, and a significant number are from Europe and North Africa.  The majority of U.A.E. citizens are Sunni Muslim with a Shi'a minority. Many foreigners are Muslim; Hindus and Christians make up a portion of the U.A.E.'s foreign population.

The UAE has about 3.449 million internet users and rank 61st in the world as far as internet usage.  The UAE has similar social networking as the USA, they have a website  called UAE-Friendster and workes realitivly the same as facebook.  Most television and radio stations remain government-owned; widespread use of satellite dishes provides access to pan-Arab and other international broadcasts.  Since the country is a big tourist hotspot most of the social media is similar to other major countrys around the world.

Artificial peninsula and islands that make up Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.


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