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Capital: Abu Dhabi


Total Population: 9,269,612
Natural Increase: 1.3%
Density: 111 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 85.8%
Population of main cities: Dubai (2,173,344); Abu Dhabi (1,031,875); Al Ain (435,994); Ras al Khaimah (224,000); Fujairah (82,915)
Ethnic Origins: 16.5% Emirati; 58.5% South Asian (Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Indian); 16.5% other Asians (Filipinos, Iranians); 8.5% Western expatriates.
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%
National Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)
Exchange rate (average of the last 30 days):
1 AED = 0.2332 EUR

Country Overview

Area: 83,600 km²
Type of State: Federation uniting seven emirates: 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 20122013201420152016
Imports of Goods (million USD) 226,000239,000250,000230,000225,000
Exports of Goods (million USD) 349,000379,000375,000265,000265,900
Imports of Services (million USD) 62,30161,15763,74465,65083,213
Exports of Services (million USD) 15,27620,42222,98226,35863,417

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2017


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