United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$185.6 billion (2011 est.)
$161.4 billion (2010 est.)


$252.6 billion (2011 est.)
$212.3 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

0.9% (2011 est.)
0.9% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

2.4% (2001)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$48,800 (2011 est.)
$47,900 (2010 est.)
$48,900 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

2.6% (2010 est.)
-2.7% (2009 est.)
7.4% (2008 est.)

Internet users

3.449 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

10.926 million (2009)

Population growth rate

3.055% (2012 est.)


5,314,317 (July 2012 est.)
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

Historical background

The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties.

In 1971, six of these states - Abu Zaby, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah.

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United Arab Emirates

Economic overview

The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus.

Successful efforts at economic diversification have reduced the portion of GDP based on oil and gas output to 25%.

Since the discovery of oil in the UAE more than 30 years ago, the UAE has undergone a profound transformation from an impoverished region of small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast United Arab Emirates May 2015 Updater

Country Forecast United Arab Emirates May 2015 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • May 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

There will be little threat to domestic political stability in the UAE in the forecast period. Power in the emirates will be concentrated within the large ruling families, although relations within these ...

  • Countries : United Arab Emirates

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: The United Arab Emirates

D&B Country Insight Report: The United Arab Emirates

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • March 2015
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country’s overall political, ...

  • Countries : United Arab Emirates, World


United Arab Emirates - ISA Country Report

United Arab Emirates - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for the UAE, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : United Arab Emirates

PRS Group

United Arab Emirates Country Report

United Arab Emirates Country Report

  • $ 235
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by PRS Group

One of PRS' 100 Country Reports, each expertly assessing potential political, financial, and economic risks to business investments and trade. Political Risk Services Country Reports provide risk forecasts ...

  • Countries : United Arab Emirates

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