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A Brief Glance at the UAE

Get an impression of the UAE with some relevant facts and figures about the country’s demographics, languages, and economy.
The luxurious Presidential Palace can be found in Abu Dhabi.
  • Country name: United Arab Emirates
  • Government type: constitutional monarchy
  • Area (km²): 83,600
  • Climate: subtropical-arid
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Population: 9,157,000 (July 2015 estimate)
  • Population density: 109/km²
  • Major urban areas: Abu Dhabi (2.7 million); Dubai (2.5 million); Sharjah (1.4 million)
  • Ethnic groups: Emirati 16.6%, other Arabs 23%, 42.3% Asians (subcontinent), 12.1% other Asians, 6% other expatriates. Only around 16.6% of the population is comprised of UAE nationals, as the population is dominated by expats.
  • Languages: Arabic (official language) and English, while Hindu, Urdu, and other South Asian languages are widely spoken.
  • Religions: Muslim 76%, Christian 9%, other 15% (2007 estimate). Islam is the official state religion.
  • Gross domestic product: 339.1 billion USD (nominal); 641.9 billion USD (PPP) (2015 estimate)
  • GDP per capita: 67,000 USD (2015 estimate)
  • Unemployment rate: 3.6% (2014)
  • Mercer Cost of Living Index 2015: Dubai (23) and Abu Dhabi (33)
  • Human Development Index 2014: 0.835 (ranked 41st)
  • Currency: UAE Dirham (د.إ / AED)
  • Time zone: GST (UTC + 04:00)
  • Country code: +971
  • Emergency number: 999
  • Voltage: 230 V / 50 Hz
  • Recommended vaccinations: routine vaccines, hepatitis A, typhoid

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