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.