flag United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates: Introduction

Capital: Abu Dhabi


Total Population: 9,441,129
Natural Increase: 0.8%
Density: 132 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 87.5%
Population of main cities: Dubai (2,919,200); Abu Dhabi (1,202,800); Al Ain (496,200); Ras al Khaimah (263,000); Fujairah (86,600)
Ethnic Origins: Only 11.5% Emirati compared to 88,5% of non-Emirati, mostly Asians (Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Indians, Filipinos and Iranians) and Western expatriates. (Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre)
Official Language: Arabic
Other Languages Spoken: Persian, Urdu and Hindi in relation with expatriate communities.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Official religion: Islam.
Muslims: 76%; Christians: 9%; other (mainly Hindus and Buddhists): 15%
Literacy Rate: 88.7%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Abu Dhabi, Dubai

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)

Country Overview

Area: 98,648 km²
Type of State: Federation uniting seven emirates (monarchies): Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain.
Type of Economy: High Income nation .
One of the richest areas in the world based on the petroleum sector.
HDI*: 0.835/1
HDI (World Rank): 41/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from the United Arab Emirates, dial 00
To call the United Arab Emirates, dial +971
Internet Suffix: .ae
Computers: 33.0 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 24.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 85.0 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 97.7% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20192020202120222023
Imports of Goods (million USD) 288,447246,961347,529420,493448,688
Exports of Goods (million USD) 389,428335,297425,160515,621487,778
Imports of Services (million USD) 88,19661,86576,10696,917n/a
Exports of Services (million USD) 90,26578,121101,838154,667n/a

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.


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