Why does the article come before "UK"? Should I always put "the" in front of "UK"?
UK is an abbreviation for The United Kingdom. Just as with The United States of America or The United Arab Emirates you have to include "the" as an article in order to be grammatically correct. There are a few countries where this is the case so it is good to be aware of them. In English, we use "the" if a country has a political title in its name, or if it refers to a group of islands. There are also countries, such as the Netherlands, which people commonly attach the definite article to even though it does not follow the two rules above. Ex: I want to go to the Netherlands for my summer vacation. Ex: Have you ever been to the Philippines before? Ex: For our honeymoon, we booked a stay at a 5-star hotel in the Maldives.