United Arab Emirates

Official nameUnited Arab Emirates
Name in local languageدولة الإمارات العربيّة المتّحدة - Dawlat al-ʾImārāt al-ʿarabiyyat al-muttaḥida (ar)
ContinentAsia
SubcontinentWestern Asia
Population (ranking: 94e)9,541,615 inhabitants (2018)
Population growth0.78 % / year
Area83,600 km²
Density114.13 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 30e)414.179 billions $USD (2018)
GDP/capita (ranking)43,005 $USD (2018)
GDP growth1.40 % / year (2018)
Life expectancy (ranking)77.37 years (2014)
Birth rate10.82 ‰ (2014)
Fertility rate1.78 children / woman (2014)
Death rate (ranking)1.59 ‰ (2014)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)5.90 ‰ (2015)
Literacy rate99.46 % (2015)
Official languagesArabic
CurrencyUAE dirham (AED)
HDI (ranking: 51e)0.863 / 1 (2017)
EPI (ranking)58.90 (2018)
GovernmentFederal absolute monarchy
Head of StatePresident Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
National Day2 December (independence of 1971)
ISO CodesAE, ARE
DemonymEmirati
Tourists (ranking)15,790,000 people (2017)
Émirats arabes unis – petite
Less oil, more diversification

The United Arab Emirates is a federal state located in the Middle East between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It shares borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is made up of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qa’ayain. Its federal capital is the city of Abu Dhabi.

Hôtel Burj-Al-Arab Jumeirah, à Doubaï
Burj-Al-Arab Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai. Source: Most Beautiful Spots
Doubaï et sa fameuse tour Burj Khalifa de 830 m de haut
Dubai and its famous skyscraper Burj Khalifa, 830 m. Photo: Jan Michael Pfeiffer
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Urban areas (2016)
Urban areasPopulation
Dubai5,429,549 inhabitants
Abu Dhabi1,935,234 inhabitants
Al Ain738,481 inhabitants
Ras Al Khaimah263,217 inhabitants
Fujairah223,379 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
EmiratesPopulationArea
Abu Dhabi2,918,702 inhabitants67,340 km²
Ajman361,160 inhabitants460 km²
Dubai2,690,555 inhabitants4,114 km²
Fujairah223,379 inhabitants1,166 km²
Ras al-Khaimah263,217 inhabitants1,684 km²
Sharjah890,669 inhabitants2,590 km²
Umm al-Quwain72,936 inhabitants777 km²
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See also