The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran. Dubai has the largest population in the UAE followed by Abu Dhabi and has the second largest land territory by area of all the emirates after Abu Dhabi.

Today, Dubai has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings and Abu Dhabi's major attractions are the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – which is the most important architectural landmarks, and the Ferrari World, a Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

With UAE celebrating its 41st National Day on Sunday, December 02, 2012, Dawn.com gives you a glance of the country, its buildings and attractions.

View of Dubai Marina at night.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
View of Dubai Marina at night.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
The Dubai Dancing Fountain, set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
The Dubai Dancing Fountain, set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
At the Top, Burj Khalifa a world-class destination and the glorious centerpiece of Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
At the Top, Burj Khalifa a world-class destination and the glorious centerpiece of Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
View from The Burj Khalifa’s observatory on the 124th floor, aptly called “At The Top.”– Photo by Eefa Khalid
View from The Burj Khalifa’s observatory on the 124th floor, aptly called “At The Top.”– Photo by Eefa Khalid
Everytime you visit UAE, the country amazes you  with its social and economic shifts that have been made in such a short period.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Everytime you visit UAE, the country amazes you with its social and economic shifts that have been made in such a short period.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Tourist taking pictures at the entrance of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Tourist taking pictures at the entrance of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Inside structure at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Inside structure at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
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Entrance to the world's fastest roller coaster ride at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
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World's fastest roller coaster ride at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
At the entrance of one of the rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This ride explains how the Ferrari is made.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
At the entrance of one of the rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This ride explains how the Ferrari is made.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Dino brand on display at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Dino was a mid-engine, rear-drive sports car produced by Ferrari from 1968 - 1976. - Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Dino brand on display at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Dino was a mid-engine, rear-drive sports car produced by Ferrari from 1968 - 1976. - Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Screen display from one of the 3D rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Screen display from one of the 3D rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
One of the rides where you can virtually drive a Ferrari at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
One of the rides where you can virtually drive a Ferrari at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
At the main entrance at the  Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
At the main entrance at the Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.- Photo by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world.- Photo by Eefa Khalid.
It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world.- Photo by Eefa Khalid.
Combined with oriental Moroccan / Andalusian minarets fusing the wide and diverse Islamic world into one summation of art and beauty.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Combined with oriental Moroccan / Andalusian minarets fusing the wide and diverse Islamic world into one summation of art and beauty.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Using techniques of artistic glass work; mosaic, carved and sand blasted glass displaying traditional Islamic designs of symmetry and repetition.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Using techniques of artistic glass work; mosaic, carved and sand blasted glass displaying traditional Islamic designs of symmetry and repetition.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Buhaira Corniche  Sharjah, Sharjah is about 170 kilometers away from its sister city, UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi and less than 20 kilometers from the more popular emirate, Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
Buhaira Corniche Sharjah, Sharjah is about 170 kilometers away from its sister city, UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi and less than 20 kilometers from the more popular emirate, Dubai.- Photo by Eefa Khalid

The Dubai Heritage Village located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth.- Photo by Eefa Khalid
The Dubai Heritage Village located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth.- Photo by Eefa Khalid

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saad
Dec 03, 2012 04:50pm
You are so shallow. Cities are known for eternity for their discoveries, innovations, scientific and technological achievements. Thats why we know of Cambridge, Silicon Valley, Boston (for Harvard and MIT). What pearl of knowledge has Dubai given the world?
akk
Dec 03, 2012 06:50pm
Dude, Only difference is they adopted moderate Islam and your country adapted fundmentalist Islam.
amir
Dec 03, 2012 08:42pm
This is one flaw to your logic, OIL!!!! I'm tired of people comparing pakistan with western or middle eastern countries. Truth is we are behind because we don't have a competitive advantage of natural resource or anyother. Pakistan can only be the best pakistan it can be, please stop with the comparisons.
Rana Muhammad Usman s/o Nisar Ahmad si
Dec 02, 2012 01:34pm
Congratulations Dubai. 4m the side of pakistani's. We are happy that being a muslim state, we are with the UAE pleasures. But there is a great lesson for us that dubai is celebrating its 41st national and we 64th. But economically and socially we are lagging behind too much. We all people and govt. Should seriously ponder over this issue and note all the reasons that y we r so much behind dubai. And we must remove all those rubbish and stand in front of worlds leading nations. Regards. Rana Muhammad Usman. Okara.