The United Arab Emirates is situated in the Middle East/southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is strategically located along the northern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil. The UAE lies between 22°50′ and 26° north latitude and between 51° and 56°25′ east longitude. It shares a 19-kilometer border with Qatar on the northwest, a 530-kilometer border with Saudi Arabia on the west, south, and southeast, and a 450-kilometer border with Oman on the southeast and northeast. The total area of the UAE is approximately 83,600 square kilometres.
The largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, accounts for 87 percent of the UAE's total area (72,732 square kilometres). The smallest emirate, Ajman, encompasses only 259 square kilometres.