the united arab emirates (short: emirates or uae) are located north of saudi-arabia and oman. they consist of seven emirates and were created in 1971. population: 9.8 mio. the two core cities are abu dhabi and dubai. as i am a customer of emirates airways, i am very often in dubai airport, for changing connections. twice i have left the airport and visited the city, 1998 and 2001. the intended galleries are not yet prepared. here are just two photos, showing a traditional "windtower" in dubai (designed to get a fresh brise into a house) and a modern mosque in al ayn.