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United Arab Emirates
Resources about United Arab Emirates including maps, facts about
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Economy of United Arab Emirates
GDP (2007): $198.7 billion.
Annual growth rate (2007): 6.3%.
Per capita GDP (2007): $45,531.
Natural resources: Oil and natural gas.
Petroleum (2008 est.): 36.8%.
Manufacturing (2008 est.): 12.2%.
Services (44% of 2003 GDP): Trade, government, real estate.
Trade (2006 est.): Exports--$157 billion: petroleum, gas, and
petroleum products. Major markets--Japan, South Korea,
Thailand, India. Imports--$126.6 billion: machinery,
chemicals, food. Major suppliers--Western Europe, Japan, U.S.,
Foreign economic aid (2008): In excess of $8.7 billion.
Geography of United Arab Emirates
Area: 82,880 sq. km. (30,000 sq. mi.); about the size of
Major Cities: Capital--Abu Dhabi; Dubai
Terrain: Largely desert with some agricultural areas.
Climate: Hot, humid, low annual rainfall.
Government of United Arab Emirates
Type: federation with specified powers reserved for the U.A.E.
federal government and other powers reserved to member
Independence: December 2, 1971.
Provisional constitution: December 2, 1971.
Branches: Executive - 7-member Supreme Council of Rulers
(comprising the hereditary rulers of each Emirate), which
elects president and vice president; prime minister is
selected by president. Legislative - 40-member Federal
National Council (consultative only). Judicial - Islamic and
Administrative subdivisions: Seven largely self-governing
Political parties: None.
Suffrage: State-nominated electors chose half of the Federal
National Council seats in 2006.
Federal government budget (2009): $54 billion.
Map of United Arab Emirates
This Map of United Arab Emirates shows the borders of the
country, as well as rivers, and cities including Abu Dhabi the
capital of United Arab Emirates. (Maps from the U.S. State
Official Name of United Arab Emirates
The Official Name of United Arab Emirates is United Arab
Emirates. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
People of United Arab Emirates
Nationality: Noun and adjective--U.A.E., Emirati.
Population (2009 est.): 6 million.
Ethnic groups: Indian (1.75M); Pakistani (1.25M);
Bangladeshi (500,000); Other Asian (1M); European and African
(500,000); and Emirati (890,000).
Religions: Muslim (96%), Hindu, Christian.
Languages: Arabic (official), English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali.
Education: Years compulsory - ages 6-12. Literacy - 90%.
Health: Life expectancy - about 78 yrs.
Work force (2008): Total - 2.8 million. Agriculture - 4.9%.
Industry - 61.9%. Services - 35.8%. Female participation rate
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