Facts About The United Arab Emirates

Knowledge of the country in which you plan to invest is important before purchasing property. Below, we have gathered some information on the UAE for your reference.


Research and Facts about the UAE

(from CIA World Factbook)

Information required when travelling to the UAE:

Country Name:

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Location:

Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

area:

total: 83,600 sq km

land:

83,600 sq km

water:

0 sq km

Land Boundaries:

total: 867 km

Border Countries:

Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km

Coastline:

1,318 km

Climate:

desert; cooler in eastern mountains

Terrain:

flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east

Geography:

strategic location along southern approaches to Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil

Population:

4,621,399
note: estimate is based on the results of the 2005 census that included a significantly higher estimate of net immigration of non-citizens than previous estimates (July 2008 est.)

Age Structure:

note: 73.9% of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national (2008 est.)

0-14 Years:

20.5% (male 484,102/female 462,405)

15-64 Years:

78.6% (male 2,663,702/female 970,672)

65 Years and Over:

0.9% (male 26,244/female 14,274)

Average Age:

(2008 est.)

Total:

30.1 years

Male:

32 years

Female:

24.6 years

Ethnic Groups:

Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982)
note: less than 20% are UAE citizens (1982)

Religions:

Muslim 96% (Shi'a 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%

General

Languages:

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

Government

Type:

federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates

Capital:

Abu Dhabi

Provincial:

7 emirates (imarat, singular - imarah); Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi), 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah (Sharjah), Dubayy (Dubai), Ra's al Khaymah, Umm al Qaywayn (Quwayn)

Independence:

2 December 1971 (from UK)

Economy

Currency:

Emirati dirham (AED)

GDP Growth Rate:

7.4% (2007 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture: 7%
industry: 15%
services: 78% (2000 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

2.4% (2001)

Inflation Rate:

11% (2007 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

dates, vegetables, watermelons; poultry, eggs, dairy products; fish

Transportation

Roads:

total: 1,088 km
paved: 1,088 km (includes 253 km of expressways) (1999)

Airports:

39 (2007)
22 paved, 17 unpaved

Ports & Harbours:

Mina' Zayid (Abu Dhabi), Al Fujayrah, Mina' Jabal 'Ali (Dubai), Mina' Rashid (Dubai), Mina' Saqr (Ra's al Khaymah), Khawr Fakkan (Sharjah)

Communications

Mains Telephones:

1.31 million (2006)

Mobile Telephones:

5.519 million (2006)

Television Stations:

15 (2004)

Internet Users:

1.709 million (2006)

Country Internet Code:

.ae

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