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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 around 84 thousand 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 40 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) 8.39
Land area (1,000 sq km) 84
Population density (inhabitants per sq km) 100
GDP per capita ($) 45,726
GDP at market prices (billion $) 383.80
Value of exports (billion $) 350.12
Value of petroleum exports (billion $) 118.08
Current account balance (billion $) 66.55
Proven crude oil reserves (billion barrels) 97.80
Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.) 6,091
Crude oil production (1,000 b/d) 2,652
Marketed production of natural gas (billion cu. m.) 54.31
Refinery capacity (1,000 b/d) 471
Output of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 454.3
Oil demand (1,000 b/d) 638
Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d) 2,657
Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 224.9
Natural gas exports (billion cu. m.) 15.61

  • b/d (barrels per day)
  • cu. m. (cubic metres)

Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2013

  • HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

    HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

    Minister of Energy
    Head of Delegation

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  • Dr. Ali Obaid Al Yabhouni

    Dr. Ali Obaid Al Yabhouni

    Governor for OPEC
    Chairman of the Board of Governors

  • Mr. Salem Hareb Al Mehairi

    Mr. Salem Hareb Al Mehairi

    National Representative