United Arab Emirates
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The United Arab Emirates comprises seven emirates - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al-Quwain - located along the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The country covers 84,000 square kilometres and has a population of around five million. More than one million people live in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Arabic is the country’s official language.
About 30 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product is directly based on oil and gas output. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE, the country has become a modern state with a high standard of living. The currency is the dirham.
The United Arab Emirates’ President is Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. It joined OPEC in 1967.
Did you know?
- Desert Park in the Sharjah Emirate is a centre for the breeding of the endangered Arabian leopard. It is thought that very few of these cats exist in the wild.
- The first commercial oil was discovered in 1958 – onshore in the Bab-2 well and offshore at Umm Shaif.
|Population (million inhabitants)||4.85|
|Land area (1,000 sq km)||84|
|Population density (inhabitants per sq km)||58|
|GDP per capita ($)||74,235|
|GDP at market prices (billion $)||360.14|
|Value of exports (billion $)||252.56|
|Value of petroleum exports (billion $)||104.54|
|Current account balance (billion $)||33.31|
|Proven crude oil reserves (billion barrels)||97.80|
|Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.)||6,091|
|Crude oil production (1,000 b/d)||2,565|
|Marketed production of natural gas (billion cu. m.)||52.31|
|Refinery capacity (1,000 b/d)||466|
|Output of petroleum products (1,000 b/d)||446.2|
|Oil Consumption (1,000 b/d)||618|
|Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d)||2,330|
|Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d)||226.9|
|Natural gas exports (billion cu. m.)||5.18|
- b/d (barrels per day)
- cu. m. (cubic metres)
Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2012