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Facts and Figures of the UAE

Political leadership

United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (since 3 November 2004)

Vice-President, Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (since 5 January 2006)


Total 83,600 sq km; Land 83,600 sq km; Water (0) Km; (country comparison to the world: 116)


total: 1.066 km

Border countries

Oman 609 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km


1,318 km


9.40 million (2017 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 13.9% 15-64 years: 85% 65+ 1.1% (2015 est.)

Population growth rate

3.06% (2017 est.)


86.5% of total population (2018)

Major cities

Dubai 2.785 million, Sharjah 1.571 million, ABU DHABI (capital) 1.42 million (2018 est.)

Ethnic groups

Emirati 11.6%, South Asian 59.4% (includes Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani), Egyptian 10.2%, Philippine 6.1%, other 12.8% (2015 est.)


Muslim (official) 76%, Christian 9%, other (including Buddhist, Hindu) 15% (2005 est.)


Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu


(Age 15+ Can Read and Write) total population: 93.8% male: 93.1% female: 95.8% (2015 est.)

Real GDP

$387.26 billion (2017); $384.22 billion (2016)

GDP growth

0.79% (2017); 2.99% (2016)

GDP per capita (PPP)

$41,197.2 (2017 est.); $41,449.7 (2016 est.)

Unemployment rate

1.67% (2017 est.); 1.64% (2016 est.)

Population below poverty line


Public debt

19.7% of GDP (2017 est.); 20.2% of GDP (2016 est.)

Inflation rate

2% (2017 est.)

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