Monday, October 7, 2013

The Seven United Emirates of the UAE

Definitions of Emirate  
The territory ruled by an Emir.The domain controlled by an emir the office of an emir

Etymologically an emirate or amirite (إمارة, Imaarah ; plural: إمارات, Imaraat) is the quality, dignity, office or territorial competence of any Emir (prince, governor etc.). 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven sheikhdoms located in the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula.

Bordered by the Sultanate of Oman and the Gulf of Oman to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south and west, and by the Arabian Gulf to the north, the total land area, including 20 islands, is 83,000 sq km (32,278 sq mi). The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The capital and the largest city of the federation, Abu Dhabi, is located in the emirate of the same name.

The estimated population of the UAE was 5.6 million in 2007. Arabic is the official language and Islam is the state religion. The currency is the Arab Emirates Dirham ($1 US is equivalent to around 3.6 dirhams). The UAE has one of the world's highest standards of living and the average life expectancy is 72 years.

The UAE was formerly known as the Trucial States or Trucial Coast. From 1820 onwards, Britain established its presence in the region with the signing of several agreements including a maritime truce, which gave the area its name. In 1968, having maintained its presence in the Gulf for well over a century, Britain declared its intention to withdraw by the end of 1971.


The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and later UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, took the initiative to form a federation among the Trucial sheikhdoms. Qatar and Bahrain originally intended to join the seven emirates in the new federation, but in the end they opted for separate statehood. On December 2, 1971 the flag of the UAE was raised for the first time, marking the beginning of a new era.

The highest political authority in the federal government is the Supreme Council, which is made up of the seven rulers of the emirates.

Definitions of Emir

Honorary title, Arabic, for military or political leaders in Islam. Emir is often used as the Arabic equivalent to “prince”....  
Military commander or chieftain in a Saracen army.

A prince or governor of an Islamic territory.

ruler, military commander or governor

Also Amir. Leader or commander. Amir-ul Momineen means "commander of the faithful." In the 10 th century, the amirs were Turkish army ...

A nobleman.

(em-EER) The title given to the sons of the Sultans of Kuredin and Castana. Also the title given the the governors of the Emirites in Kuredin and ...

(Arabic: ar|????; ArabDIN|?am?run, "commander" or "general", later also "prince"; also transliterated as 'amir& ...

Ruler, prince, or commander of an Islamic state.

A secular ruler, commander, prince or leader.

meaning "commander" in Arabic, is derived from the Arabic root ʾ-mr, "to order." Originally simply meaning commander or leader, usually in reference to a group of people, it came to be used as a title of governors or rulers, usually in smaller states, and in modern Arabic usually renders the ...

an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)

Emir (Arabic: أمير; ', ', "commander" or "general", later also "prince" ; also transliterated as amir, aamir or ameer) is a high title of nobility or office, used in Arabic nations of the Middle East and North Africa, and historically, in some Turkic states.

a prince, commander or other leader or ruler in an Islamic nation ...


Sher Ali Khan, Emir of Afghanistan, posing for a portrait in 1869.For other uses, see Amir (disambiguation).
Emir (Arabic: أمير; amīrah, ãmir, (Persian/Urdu: امیر ) "commander" or "general", also "prince" ; also transliterated as amir, aamir or ameer) is a high title of nobility or office, used throughout the Arab World, and, historically, in some Turkic states. Emirs are usually considered high-ranking sheiks, but in monarchical states the term is also used for princes, with "Emirate" being analogous to principality in this sense. Also is used as a name in Turkey like Emir Niego and Emir Sevinc. While emir is the predominant spelling in English and many other languages (for example, United Arab Emirates), amir, closer to the original Arabic, is more common for its numerous compounds (e.g., admiral) and in individual names. Spelling thus differs depending on the sources consulted.


Amir, meaning "chieftain" or "commander", is derived from the Arabic root Amr, "command". Originally simply meaning commander or leader, usually in reference to a group of people, it came to be used as a title of governors or rulers, usually in smaller states, and in modern Arabic usually renders the English word "prince." The word entered English in 1595, from the French émir. [1] It was one of the titles or names of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The caliphs first used the title Amir al-Muminin ("Commander of the Faithful"), stressing their leadership over all Islam, especially in the military form of jihad; both this command and the title have been assumed by various other Muslim rulers, including sultans and emirs.

The Abbasid (in theory still universal) Caliph Ar-Radi created the post of Amir al-Umara ("Amir of the Amirs") for his – in fact governing – Wasir (chief minister) Ibn Raik; the title was used in various Islamic monarchies; cfr. infra for military use In Lebanon, the ruling Emir formally used the style al-Amir al-Hakim since, specifying it was still a ruler's title, but now as part of the Ottoman Empire; unchanged when in 1698 the Banu Shihab replaced the Banu Ma'n dynasty and on 27 May 1832 was annexed by khedival Egypt (both nominally Ottoman), but Ottoman rule was restored on October 10, 1840, until the Mount Lebanon emirate ended on January 16, 1842, as the Ottoman Sultans divided their Lebanese province administratively, creating a Christian district in the north and an area under Druze control in the south.

The word Emir is also used less formally for leaders in certain contexts, for example the leader of a group of pilgrims to Mecca is called an emir hadji, a style sometimes used by ruling princes (as a mark of Muslim piety), sometimes awarded in their name. Where an adjectival form is necessary, "emiral" suffices.
Amirzada, the son (hence the Persian patronymic suffix -zade) of a prince, hence the Persian princely title Mirza.

Islamic titles
Amir al-Muminin
Mir, itself used in various compounds
Mirza, literally "son of an Emir"

 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.