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United Arab Emirates
by Roja Dove

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GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 24 votes)

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About United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates is a shared / unisex perfume by Roja Dove.

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Taif rose note - a richer, more intense variant of its relative, Damask rose - is explored and expanded so well in this Gulf Collection offering from Roja Dove!

UAE is a spicy-floral wonder, a fitting reflection of the Middle Eastern country for which it is dedicated: Deep, rich, multifaceted, unexpected, opulent, and friendly. It contains an animalic oud note, a welcome part of a fragrance loaded with very sensual, thick ingredients (such as the resinous olibanum and benzoin, lichen-like oakmoss, bitter green artemisia, drippy wet geranium, et. al.).

Touches of sweet, powdery, woody, spiciness, florals, smokiness, herbals, and some fruitiness (esp. from the cassis) join hands and present a diverse, profound tableau that comes across as truly classy and wearable - for either men or women. May be a bit too strong for some, so blind buy is HIGHLY not recommended here.
26th January, 2019
For context's sake, I've not smelled the earlier Roja Parfums United Arab Emirates Spirit of the Union, listed correctly as a separate fragrance. This review is for a sampling of the newer 2017 release UAE that has black-faced bottles similarly-styled to other members of the same collection, such as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and the Sultanate of Oman.

UAE is definitely more of a standard rose/oud than the sweeter, fruitier Kuwait that I sample yesterday. UAE entails a heavy taif rose--a sharper rose note, I find, than other types of roses, though I still feel the learning curve of becoming accustomed to various rose notes.

Beyond the rose, the blend of UAE is spicy, woody, and a bit animalic. Oud factors in significantly, its animalic side coming out a bit more than its medicinal side in this case. I also get some cumin, patchouli, pepper, and resins, per the note list. There are also numerous florals.

It's definitely at the intersection between pleasant and challenging, mostly pleasant from a cursory sniff but certainly more challenging when taken in more deeply, and I find it a big enigmatic beyond the abovementioned few note.

Much like Kuwait, though, UAE is rather versatile with respect to gender, age, occasion, and season, though its relative heaviness and density at least push it toward more cold-weather use.

Performance is very strong, and as with most Roja Dove fragrances, price is the biggest obstacle, as UAE, like the others from the collection, is $555 for 50ml, steep by almost any standards, so I'm likely content without it in my collection.

8 out of 10
27th March, 2018
For all the listed notes, I sure don't get very much of any of them except ROSE! It is a deeper rose than most fragrances, and maybe a bit spicier, but basically all rose from start to finish. I was disappointed since I had more hopes of some distinguishable frankincense and smokiness, but you can tell it is made of high quality stuff, so I give it a neutral. Sultanate of Oman is a better option if you're looking for more depth!

Edit: over time this has really grown on me and I find it beautiful and well made!
03rd March, 2017 (last edited: 09th February, 2018)
A really spectacular fragrance, and probably the best rose and oud combo I've smelled so far. First blast is a lot of rose, sweet, lush and jammy, but the blackcurrant and pepper give it a little bit of a spicy kick. After a few hours I can smell a bit of cumin and frankincense. It's spicier and smokier as the fragrance evolves, but It never really loses the rose. The whole experience smells very much like a bakhoor, very middle-eastern in style, which stays true to its intention. As it evolves it actually reminds me a little bit of Amouage Tribute. The fragrance might be a little strong for the western audience. But if you're a fan of Arabic-styled perfumes this is a must!
10th December, 2016
Wow. How to describe this fragrance other than to say it is quite wonderful while being very sublime - almost secretive in its power. I can see how all the notes fit in and I marvel at the artistry in selecting these notes to create such a mystery.

The rose is noticeable right off the top. A very dry light penetrating rose that also has some influence from geranium and blackcurrant bud but none are individually noticeable. Just this incredibly beautiful rose and oud incense smoke. Next to this mysterious powerful and secretive taif rose aroma the cool whisper of dark very dry woods along with lightly rising smoke. This is not birch or an oily dark wood but smells more like freshly cut walnut or pecan wood. It feels as if the rose ether is being compressed through these very dry woods that impart their resinous blessings onto the rose. This wood is most likely oud + very light clear patchouli + guaiac wood; but the result is an amazing blending. Along with the wood is resinous dry incense aroma that is quite elevating but also reverberates in dark slow tones at the same time - a silvery frankincense.

UAE Aoud is a beautiful aoud fragrance. The notes are reminiscent of Heely Agarwoud which is a fine fragrance but is clearly not on the same level as this one. Roja UAE Aoud is easily ten times more dimensional and psychoactive in its effect than the Heely. Another similar scent is Noorolain Taif from Thameen, but it also lacks the depth of oud and incense found in UAE Aoud. I realized I mentioned a "psychoactive effect" and what this means to me is that there is an elevating almost spiritual direction from inhaling a perfume of this type. This elevating effect continues beyond the action of smelling the scent and is noticeable with this fragrance. A similar effect comes from pure oud oils, especially Indonesian oud as well as pure rose oil. It is a very uplifting and therapeutic effect. I would have to give this fragrance a 10 / 10 rating. It is good! Oh yes.
08th December, 2016
Aside from Amber Aoud, this is one of my favorites. It is extremely pleasant to the nose! It shares some similarities with Roja's Fortnum & Mason's Taif Aoud (similar rich taif note) but this fragrance has much more depth. Although, the Taif note is much more pronounced in Fortnum and Mason Taif Aoud. There is a lot going on with UAE Aoud and it seems impossible to accurately depict all of the notes. I would simply describe it as a beautiful taif rose with clean aoud infused with a semi sweet/spiced honey. There are a variety of florals used here but it is so smooth. No issues with longevity and the fragrance lasts throughout my 8 hour shift at work (with 5-6 sprays.) If you are a Roja Dove fan, this is a must own. It is now accessible to all and available on the Roja website.
15th January, 2015 (last edited: 17th March, 2015)

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