From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishUnited Arab Emirates, thethe United Arab EmiratesUˌnited ˌArab ˈEmirates, the (abbrev. UAE) 🔊 🔊 a country in the MiddleEast, between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman, made up of seven small emirates, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Population: 5,473,972 (2014). Capital: Abu Dhabi. The land is mainly desert, but has a lot of oil. Many people from other countries work there because of the oil industry.