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 around 9.5 million. More than one million people live in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Arabic is the country’s official language.

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 Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The country 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.

 Below data covers 2021

Population (million inhabitants) 9.56
Land area (1,000 sq km) 84
GDP per capita ($) 42,884
GDP at market prices (million $) 409,967
Value of exports (million $) 425,160
Value of petroleum exports (million $) 54,595
Current account balance (million $) 47,978
Proven crude oil reserves (million barrels) 111,000
Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.) 8,200
Crude oil production (1,000 b/d) 2,718
Marketed production of natural gas (million cu. m.) 54,485
Refinery capacity (1,000 b/cd) 1,272
Output of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 1,041
Oil demand (1,000 b/d) 916
Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d) 2,305
Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 891
Natural gas exports (million cu. m.) 7,849

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

Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2022

  • HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

    HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

    Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
    Head of Delegation

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  • Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Alkaabi

    Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Alkaabi

    Governor for OPEC

  • Mr. Salem Hareb Al Mehairi

    Mr. Salem Hareb Al Mehairi

    National Representative