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The United Arab Emirates is divided into seven emirates. Dubai is the most populated Emirate with 35.6% of the UAE population. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has a further 31.2%, meaning that over two-thirds of the UAE population live in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Abu Dhabi has an area of 67,340 square kilometres (26,000 square miles), which is 86.7% of the country’s total area, excluding the islands. It has a coastline extending for more than 400 km (250 mi) and is divided for administrative purposes into three major regions. The Emirate of Dubai extends along the Persian Gulf coast of the UAE for approximately 72 km (45 mi). Dubai has an area of 3,885 square kilometres (1,500 square miles), which is equivalent to 5% of the country’s total area, excluding the islands. The Emirate of Sharjah extends along approximately 16 km (10 mi) of the UAE’s Persian Gulf coastline and for more than 80 km (50 mi) into the interior. The northern emirates which include Fujairah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qaiwain all have a total area of 3,881 square kilometres (1,498 square miles). There are two areas under joint control. One is jointly controlled by Oman and Ajman, the other by Fujairah and Sharjah.

There is an Omani exclave surrounded by UAE territory, known as Wadi Madha. It is located halfway between the Musandam peninsula and the rest of Oman in the Emirate of Sharjah. It covers approximately 75 square kilometres (29 square miles) and the boundary was settled in 1969. The north-east corner of Madha is closest to the Khor Fakkan-Fujairah road, barely 10 metres (33 feet) away. Within the Omani exclave of Madha, is a UAE exclave called Nahwa, also belonging to the Emirate of Sharjah. It is about eight kilometres (5.0 miles) on a dirt track west of the town of New Madha. It consists of about forty houses with its own clinic and telephone exchange.

Flag Emirate Capital Population Area
2008  % (km²) (mi²)  %
Flag of Abu Dhabi.svg  Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi 1,548,655 31.2% 67,340 26,000 86.7%
Flag of Ajman.svg  Ajman Ajman 372,923 7.5% 259 100 0.3%
Flag of Dubai.svg  Dubai Dubai 1,770,533 35.6% 3,885 1,500 5.0%
Flag of Fujairah (1952–1972).svg  Fujairah Fujairah 137,940 2.9% 1,165 450 1.5%
Flag of Sharjah.svg  Ras al-Khaimah Ras al-Khaimah 171,903 3.4% 1,684 650 2.2%
Flag of Sharjah.svg  Sharjah Sharjah 895,252 18.0% 2,590 1,000 3.3%
Flag of Umm al-Qaiwain.svg  Umm al-Quwain Umm al-Quwain 69,936 1.4% 777 300 1%
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  UAE Abu Dhabi 4,967,142 100% 77,700 30,000 100%