United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

UAE facts and figures

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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 an area of around 84 thousand square kilometres and has a population of over 8.4 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 HH 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) 8.46
Land area (1,000 sq km) 84
Population density (inhabitants per sq km) 101
GDP per capita ($) 46,833
GDP at market prices (million $) 396,235
Value of exports (million $) 379,490
Value of petroleum exports (million $) 126,307
Current account balance (million $) 59,076
Proven crude oil reserves (million barrels) 97,800
Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.) 6,091
Crude oil production (1,000 b/d) 2,797
Marketed production of natural gas (million cu. m.) 54,600
Refinery capacity (1,000 b/cd) 707
Output of refined petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 442.0
Oil demand (1,000 b/d) 655
Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d) 2,701
Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 792.0
Natural gas exports (million cu. m.) 15,456

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

Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2014

  • 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